Robin Hill - Worth the Climb
When I first visited Robin Hill, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect and whether my daughter (then aged 5) would enjoy it. Over a year on, numerous visits later, I can confirm - she loves it.
Rosie calls it the "climbing carnival place, with the up and down hills". Yep, there are hills. Robin Hill is built on a hill (clues in the title!) so pack your sensible shoes and prepare to hit your Fitbit steps on this day out.
Robin Hill is a young (and old!) persons climbing paradise There are ropes and bridges, squirrel tunnels, sky walks and all sorts of adventure play to enjoy.
If heights and ropes are not your thing, worry not. There are plenty of relaxing woodlands and calming ponds to grab a rest in. Also, don't forget the Big Red Tractor who travels up and down Robin Hill giving a helping hand to those who need it. If you find yourself enjoying the African Adventure Playground and then realising you're at the bottom of the park, grab a lift in the tractor. Or, do what we do and walk through the middle of the park, looking for red squirrels. We have yet to find one, but we're working on it.
2018 saw the new Jungle Heights being built
Bouncing bridges and a large trampoline in the middle. If you have a little Tigger who loves heights and boinging, they're going to love this one. It may even be a favourite at The Wight Place HQ.
That's the great thing about Robin Hill, it changes and grows. Every time you turn a corner you find something new to explore, something different to climb and a new challenge to encounter.
There are a few rides at Robin Hill, but not many. This park is aimed at outside fun as opposed to mechanical thrill seeking fun. You can catch your fix on the large pirate ship Colussus if you do enjoy a 'scream if you wanna go faster' kind of ride. We love the ride (I use the term 'love' loosely, as Mummy is a little bit scared). I think Rosie probably gets more of a kick through the Squirrel Run though, when Mummy gets a little bit more scared.
The vibe here at Robin Hill is more toboggan riding, wooden giraffes, high rise rope bridges, slides, disc golf and falconry. The Duck Down Play area will be loved by toddlers, the young ones will want to ride on the Cow Express, the older ones are going to climb higher then a Mum would like, and the Dads are going to be begging the kids to take them on the Tobaggan run.
If you are visiting in the Summer Holidays, make sure you catch the events held of an evening at Robin Hill. Last year we joined in with their carnival themed event. This year we marvelled at their Jungle Shows and spectacular fire extravaganza. Giraffe feeding was probably our favourite, closely followed by the dare devil duo who 'played' with fire. As I write they have a couple of shows left to perform. I am hoping they live to tell the tale! (yep, it really is that crazy).
If Summer is not your visiting time, you are in for a treat during the Spring and Autumn. The Gardens come alive with colour. Catch the beautiful bluebells in Spring or enjoy the autumnal colours in Autumn.
Robin Hill also likes to host a few events outside of the summer period. Maybe catch Eklectica, a festival in the woods. Camping, live music and dancing. Or, Electric Woods Festival of Light inspired by Diwali held during the evenings at the end of the season.
Whatever your age, if you like being out in the fresh air, you are going to love Robin Hill.
Our Top Tips
- Wear trainers (or similar) for walking, climbing, sliding or dancing!
- Buy a joint ticket with Blackgang Chine, save money and return as many times as you like for the next 7 days.
- Catch a summer show, they really are spectacular.
- Run across the Suspension Bridges near The Parting. Fun for all the family (slower fun for some of us!).
- Expect to return every year. Robin Hill Country Park have made sure the kids grow with it.
Our Verdict 9/10