A GIANT straw bale castle has appeared at Chirk Castle ready for a summer of fun as part of activities held with the National Trust Cymru.

Starling Bank are sponsoring the conservation charity’s Summer of Play offer, so National Trust Cymru properties can have new and exciting activities.

Chirk Castle’s new summer experience awaits with a Medieval twist. Get ready to jump, climb, run and skip through bales, because this year the centrepiece of Chirk Castle’s Summer of Play is a huge straw bale castle.

Within the straw fortress lies four unique play zones where you can discover different ways to play, be active, engage your senses and have fun.

Get close to nature as you build dens and try your balance along an obstacle course, then use your imagination to transport yourself back to Medieval Chirk through costume and roleplay.


Let your creativity flow and take a moment to relax in the sensory turret, before trying your hand at building your very own fortress in the construction turret. On selected weekends, there will also be archery and fencing sessions (check the website for dates).

No visit would be complete without an exploration of the Medieval castle itself, with stunning gardens, preserved dungeons and state rooms fit for a king.

Don’t forget to stop by the play area near the kiosk next to Home Farm where you’ll find an agility trail, climbing web and spinners.

Find out more; https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/wales/chirk-castle/family-days-out-at-chirk-castle