Alice in Wonderland inspired play area created at Rockliffe Hall


A whimsical Alice in Wonderland inspired play area has been created for young visitors to Rockliffe Hall near Darlington.

Mischmasch, which means ‘a disorderly mixture of things’, was the title Lewis Carroll gave to a periodical he wrote for his family in the mid-1800s.

Lewis grew up in Croft, the neighbouring village to Hurworth. The fascinating world he created in Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass is mirrored in Rockliffe Hall’s new development.

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The play area aims to offer an “enchanting space” in which children and big kids can play and explore.

There are six arctic pods, an eco-adventure playground and an interactive water feature.

The pods have a variety of activities including soft play, a games room and cinema room for the teens and a chill-out room for the parents featuring flamingo lamps, patchwork chairs and funky furniture.

There’s also a bespoke Mischmasch menu includes pizzas, burgers, hot dogs, drinks and afternoon tea packages.

Mischmasch also features climbing frames, slides, tennis courts and the water feature where children can run in and out of jets of water.

There’s also a wildflower nature trail and a five star hotel for small creatures and insects.

The centrepiece of the new development is the Looking-Glass House, a Victorian-style greenhouse.

Warwick Brindle, chairman of Rockliffe Hall, said: “We offer so much for everyone at Rockliffe Hall – a diverse choice of fabulous restaurants, first class golf facilities, an award-winning spa and beautiful rooms but we felt it was important to offer more for our younger guests.

“Mischmasch provides children and their parents a unique, interactive, fun experience set within our stunning grounds, which are crying out to be explored. The pods, water feature and adventure playground will keep our small guests entertained for hours.

“The tennis courts offer an additional treat for our members and guests while the magnificent Looking-Glass House offers us an additional space in which to hold events. We are thrilled this brilliant offering is now open for the summer.”

Mischmasch is available for overnight, restaurant and spa guests to visit during their time at Rockliffe Hall.

The play area officially opens on August 1.