About Belton House
Belton House is a National Trust property just outside Grantham featuring an English country home, formal Italian and Dutch gardens and an historic 1300 acre deer park.
The estate also includes a restaurant, café and indoor play area, gift and garden shops and the recently restored outdoor adventure playground including minature train.
There are lots of additional activities on over the Easter holidays – more info here.
Belton House also (conveniently) happens to be bang in the middle of me and my two uni friends so was chosen as a venue for us to meet up with our kids, ranging in age from 14 months up to 9 years old.
Although chosen for it’s location, it is an easy 1.5 hour journey from Hitchin along the A1, and well worth the trip (even without lovely friends to meet there!)
When we arrived it was nearly lunchtime. As it was a bit too cool for a picnic (though there are lots of lovely picnicking spots) we headed to the Ride Play Cafe for some food.
On the weekends and holidays entry is timed to restrict numbers. As we were a large party we couldn’t go in straight away but grabbed a ticket for 15 minutes later.
There’s not a huge selection of food on offer, but enough. Sandwiches, paninis, jackets potatoes and soup are the kind of fare on offer for the grown ups. Lovely lunch bags, sausages and potato wedges, pasta and pizza were all available for the kids. A cheeky ale for my hubby too (well it was the weekend).
You order at the counter and are then given a buzzer to summon you when your food is ready. We grabbed a couple of benches (and a little one for the kids). In warmer weather there’s a lovely courtyard area for outside eating too.
There are also high chairs are available for babies and toddlers, loos with changing facilities, a microwave to warm baby food and free Wi-Fi.
This is not soft play but an “indoor adventure playground”. Within seconds our kids had disappeared into a maze of treehouses, tunnels and slides. There’s no “baby area” so for very little ones there’s not a lot on offer – it’s more suited to toddlers and above.
The timed entry meant that it wasn’t too busy and a lovely play space for all the children. I loved that it was just soft play but something very unique. The children all had a fantastic time and the grown ups got a chance to chat!
This is the best adventure playground I have ever been to. Honestly.
It is HUGE and has an amazing variety of play equipment – something for all ages. It’s nicely landscaped so I didn’t even realise how big it was to start with – but it just keeps on going…
When it clouded over and started to rain a little, we were able to take shelter in a little cafe in the playground right next to the miniature train for coffee, hot chocolate and ice cream (never too cold!). There is only outdoor seating but it is all under cover.
If you have a dog, please note that they cannot enter the adventure playground area at all, although they can be on a lead elsewhere in the grounds.
On the day we visited, the miniature train was running. from 11.00am – 4.15pm.
The journey is only 7 minutes, doing a little loop past the entire play area. It costs £1.50 per person and was great fun and a nice way to see everything that’s on offer.
There’s lots more to explore than we had time for…
Belton House itself is open to the public and Below Stairs tours we available when we visited. There are also acres of woodland to explore, two lakes and lots of wooden dens too!
As well as Ride Play Cafe you can also eat in the Stables Restaurant, though we didn’t visit it this time.
There’s also a second hand bookshop, plant shop and a National Trust shop with all the usual goodies too.
These vary throughout the year so check the calendar for more info.
Belton House, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG32 2LW