The popular playground for kids aged up to 12 has recently been refurbished to include a play tunnel, timber pergola. Improvements have also been made to the vast wooden pirate ship sailing a sea of sand, which is still playground’s main attraction since it opened in 2000. When children tire of competing for control of the ship’s wheel and escapades involving cabins, pulleys and ropes there are three tepees to provide inspiration for other imaginative games and delightful play-sculptures hidden among the scented shrubs, willows and bamboos that make the place a treat for adults, too. The provision of loos, nappy-changing facilities and a café mean it’s easy to hang out here for hours. Time your visit carefully; the playground can get very busy at the weekend if the weather’s fine.