LILIDOREI
PLAY VILLAGE
 

WHERE: 
The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland, England

CUSTOMER: 
The Alnwick Garden Trust

 

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Welcome to the mystical, magical, enchanting universe of Lilidorei!

Touted as the world's largest play structure of its kind - this unique playground is literally like nothing you've ever seen before! An elaborate network of linked bridges and gangways connect the 10 towers that compose Lord Elfwin's grand castle - Elfwin Drin. Lord of the 9 magical clans residing in Lilidorei, The castle is a breathtaking sight and an intriguing adventure for all ages. With tube slides longer and taller than you've probably ever seen, and a 24-meter-tall central tower, Lilidorei will challenge the bravest of souls, while simultaneously providing play for all ages and many abilities with its different levels and wide variety of play features.

The playground is designed to promote creativity and encourage kids to explore with its big Christmas trees, red festive hats, fun mushrooms, and more, which create an immersive, adventurous scene for kids to discover. In close collaboration with the Duchess of Northumberland, Jane Percy, we designed, built and installed the Elfwin Drin castle, where it's Christmas all year round!

WELCOME TO A WHIMSICAL WORLD      OF PLAY

Kids playing and climbing at Lilidorei play village

What a thrill to explore every nook and cranny!

Kids playing at Lilidorei playground surrounding by huge towers and bridges

Take a look up and take in the vast wonders of Lilidorei!

We are proud to have been recognized by the German Design Council and awarded a Special Mention in the category of Excellent Architecture - Urban Space and Infrastructure for the unique design of Lilidorei.

Full shot of Lilidorei - wooden play castle at The Alnwick Garden

The world's largest play structure of its kind!

Kids playing at Lilidorei playground

Jump up and bounce! There are fun play features for all ages.

AN     ENCHANTED KINGDOM  

THE DREAM OF A DUCHESS

The universe of Lilidorei had lived in the imagination of the Duchess of Northumberland, Jane Percy, for 12 years when she approached MONSTRUM with a big idea. We were intrigued from the outset and it's been quite the journey designing, building, and installing this one-of-a-kind structure.

With the mission of getting kids off their phones and exploring outdoors, the Lilidorei experience is designed to be completely immersive, awakening all the senses and capturing kids' imagination. Through the use of lights, sounds, and interactive play elements, children will be transported deep into the land of the 9 magical clans and forget all about their electronic devices!

Whether they're exploring the house of the goblins or taking in the enchanted fairy dwellings, kids will be thrilled and drawn in by this extravagant play universe.

CREATING OPPORTUNITY

The project is the latest addition to the 1,300-hectare estate surrounding Grade I-listed Alnwick Castle. The multi-award-winning Alnwick Garden receives around 360,000 visitors a year and the hope is to attract even more visitors to the Northumberland area, while also creating job opportunities for ex-military servicemen. Lilidorei has committed to being accessible for all by providing "Free Fridays" in school-term time so children of all backgrounds can come and experience the magic!

Venstre kolonne
Kids playing and having fun at Lilidorei playground

Climb up and explore more!

Højre kolonne
Kids spinning round on mushroom carrousel at Lilidorei playground

Spin with your friends on the giant mushroom!

Huge playground structure Lilidorei with kids playing

JUMP IN    TO THE    ADVENTURE!

Kids jumping on musical mushrooms at Lilidorei playground

Kids can engage multiple senses here. These mushrooms make sounds when they jump on them!

The Duchess of Northumberland at the opening of Lilidorei playground

The Duchess of Northumberland and some of the Story Keeper hosts at the opening of Lilidorei.

Young boy playing on rocking reindeer at Lilidorei playground

There are play features for all ages - the smaller kids love these rocking reindeer!

kids playing at huge playground Lilidorei
LILIDOREI IN NUMBERS
15K
HOURS OF CONSTRUCTION
AT MONSTRUM
28
TRANSPORT
TRUCKS
5.7K
HOURS
INSTALLING
24
METRES TALL
10
TOWERS
90
METRES OF
TUBE SLIDES
150
TONNES OF
PLAY EQUIPMENT
170
METRES OF
BRIDGES
NR 1
LARGEST PLAY
STRUCTURE
IN THE WORLD

RISKY PLAY CREATES HEALTHY, HAPPY KIDS

"Lilidorei...embodies everything that childhood is meant to be about."

Psychologist Emma Kenny and a group of local primary school children paid the Lilidorei site a visit during installation. Emma hosted a discussion with the children focused on play, being creative, and being outdoors.

"When children indulge in unstructured activities and allow their imaginations to run wild, research suggests they become more resilient and able to self-soothe and self-regulate their emotions, contributing to future success in life. Lilidorei is great/fantastic/astonishingly beautiful for kids because it embodies everything that childhood is meant to be about. It’s about testing fears, doing it in a safe environment but also never losing sight of the magic of childhood, because it’s fleeting, it’s momentary and it’s also so profoundly important - where divergent thinking, creativity and imagination is formed."

 

EMMA KENNY, PSYCHOLOGIST 

Primary school kids visiting Lilidorei playground and trying the swing
kids playing at huge playground Lilidorei

        MEET THE DESIGNER

"When we first met with The Duchess back in 2020 and she introduced us to the story of Elfwin Drin - King of Lilidorei, I was truly inspired and I thought to myself, Elfwin Drin’s castle must be all giant Christmas trees!

In short, the concept I imagined, was a world designed by elves and built by trolls. You should feel as if you are in a forest with houses carved into the tree trunks, suspension bridges connecting one treetop to the other, light sparkling from the roofs, and giant baubles hanging from the branches. 

At Elfwin Drin's castle, you simply expect to see something magical that will blow your mind and is out of this world - taller and bigger than anything you have ever experienced before. A world ruled by Christmas. Some areas are more melancholic and mystical, others light and dreamy. A place where you can’t see the beginning or find the end."

 

TOMAS KNUDSEN, SENIOR DESIGNER 

 

Tomas headshot

ONE-OF-A-KIND PLAYGROUND IN THE MAKING
 

In MONSTRUM's history, we've created our fair share of large-scale, unique playgrounds, however the vision of Lilidorei was like nothing we'd ever tackled before! Our team of skilled designers, engineers, carpenters and painters embraced every challenge head-on to complete this unprecedented playground design and construction.

After 15,030 accumulated hours of construction in our workshop, we were ready to send off 28 trucks loaded with the magical play elements that would become Elfwin Drin's castle at Lilidorei!

Small wooden windows in production at MONSTRUM
The rooftop of the largest tower of Lilidorei in production at MONSTRUM workshop
MONSTRUM craftsmen smiling for the camera at an almost completed building site of the world's largest playground
PRODUCTION & INSTALLATION