Blue Peter star returns to Belton House to celebrate 40th anniversary of adventure playground

Former Blue Peter presenter Peter Purves returned to the adventure playground at Belton House 40 years after his first visit.
Former Blue Peter presenter Peter Purves returned to the adventure playground at Belton House 40 years after his first visit.
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Former Blue Peter presenter Peter Purves returned to 
Belton House to help celebrate 40 years since he offically opened the adventure 
playground.

The celebrity, who in more recent years has played Steven Taylor in Dr Who, officially opened Belton’s outdoor adventure playground on Easter Sunday 1978 as Lord Brownlow’s guest of honour.

Former Blue Peter presenter Peter Purves joins children at the playground at Belton House which was first opened 40 years ago.

Former Blue Peter presenter Peter Purves joins children at the playground at Belton House which was first opened 40 years ago.

Last Thursday, the 79-year-old joined in celebrations at a family fun day, including puppet shows, children’s outdoor theatre, bushcraft activities and face-painting to mark the anniversary and kickstart the Easter Weekend at Belton House.

Play manager Leonora Harbord said: “He went on the first train ride of the day. He also blew out the candles on the cake. He held meetings with parents and children in the playground. He definitely enjoyed himself. We had a lot of parents excited to see him. The playground had a great atmosphere and everybody enjoyed themseleves.”

A Memories of Play event also received further support from parents keen to share photographs and other 
momentos from days gone 
by.

Enjoying a ride on the miniature train as the adventure playground at Belton House marks 40 years.

Enjoying a ride on the miniature train as the adventure playground at Belton House marks 40 years.