A legendary day out this summer

The spirit of adventure is captured beautifully at The Follies in Hawkstone Park, Shropshire, where myths and legends are brought to life in a fantasy landscape.  Activities for all ages include medieval quests, archery instruction from Robin Hood and his merry men, den building and hunting for treasure.

Throughout the summer holidays
Summer treasure hunt: The Follies is an amazing landscape of discovery, so grab your map, binoculars and compass and follow the clues to find the treasure.  £1 per Treasure Hunt – suitable for all ages. Includes prizes.
Den building: Try building different den designs and learn a new skill. No extra cost – Parental supervision required.

Myth and magic weekend: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August
Children can roam the enchanted fairytale Land of Elisard and take part in a magical quest around the beautiful caves and forests. An interactive performance of ‘The Dragon’s Quest’ by the Improbable Fiction theatre company will bring the adventure to life with characters performing around the park to give children clues to the quest.  £1 per child.

Robin Hood visits The Follies: Saturday 24th, Sunday  25th and Monday 26th August
A medieval encampment at The Follies is the setting for a visit by the outlawed Robin Hood who will demonstrate the swash buckling sword skills and legendary accuracy for archery that he is famous for.  Those taking part will be able to join the band of merry men to test their own bow and arrow skills. Six arrows: £2.  Twelve arrows £3 - Suitable for children over a height of four feet.

The Follies in Hawkstone Park, built over 200 years ago, is an historic woodland fantasy offering an adventurous day out for all the family.  There are cliffs, crags, caves, woods, grottos, monuments and the remains of a medieval castle, that dates back to 1227, to explore on a variety of walking trails of differing length and varying degrees of challenge.  Sights to behold include the Swiss Bridge, White Tower, The Grotto and the Hermitage, not to mention the stunning viewpoints across the surrounding counties.

Bring a picnic or eat at Caspian’s Tea Rooms.  Hawkstone Park Hotel, next to The Follies can also provide a relaxing retreat for dining and overnight stays.

Standard entry to the park is adult: £7; child: £4.50; concession £6.00; family (2 adults and 2 children): £22; family (2 adults and 3 children): £25.00.  Additional costs apply to some activities taking part, as detailed above.  Car parking is free.

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