Whether you want to completely transform or just spruce up your community playground, we’re here to provide you with lots of playground inspiration!
From rustic developments to nautical themes, toddler areas to play spaces that promote inclusive play, our in-house design team have selected 6 projects to help get your development rolling.
With 30 years of experience in the play industry, we’re always on-hand and ready to assist with your playground needs – Why not CONTACT US today and get your development started!
Copythorne Parish Hall
A vibrant community playground including a custom, multi-level Jigsaw Tower System with bespoke ‘Copythorne’ – themed engravings, numerous timber swings and vibrant wetpour safety surfacing.
Overall, it was essential to include play opportunities suitable for a wide variety of ages; from toddlers up to tweens and beyond.
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Check out the key products from our Copythorne Parish Hall project:
Jigsaw Tower System
Spinner without Seating
Wetpour Safety Surfacing
Lothersdale Parish Council
A rustic playground consisting of timber-based play pieces, our Lothersdale Parish Council project includes age-appropriate climbing structures for both younger and older children; our Jigsaw Play Tower and Fort Lincoln respectively.
With play features such as our popular basket swing and wheelchair roundabout as well as our wheelchair-safe Wetpour safety surfacing, this project has lots of inclusive play opportunities to help build and develop new relationships in the local community.
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Check out the key products from our Lothersdale Parish Council project:
Jigsaw Tower System
Basket Swing (Round)
Car Spring Rider (Double)
Whitchurch Town Council
A timber-based development with a slight nautical theme, our project for Whitchurch Town Council features our Pirate Ship Midi (Timber) to provide lots of exciting play features as well as enhance the surrounding environment and make reference to the park’s old canal site heritage.
Our impressive Jungle Climber Combi climbing frame & round timber Basket Swing were also included to provide a wider range of play opportunities and suit a large range of ages and ability levels.
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Check out the key products from our Whitchurch Town Council project:
Pirate Ship Midi (Timber)
Jungle Climber Combi without Slider
Basket Swing (Round) – Click here
Heather Parish Council
A smaller development, aimed to provide new play opportunities to a blank grass area, our Heather Parish Council play area has a multi-level Jigsaw 5 Tower System and two pieces of our popular Challenger Trim Trail range to promote physical play across a wide variety of ages.
By keeping to timber-heavy products with our green playtec, this development integrates well into its more rural setting.
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Check out the key products from our Heather Parish Council project:
Jigsaw 5 Tower System
Vertical Twisted Net
Ingoldmells Parish Council
A development set across 2 different sites, our large custom Jigsaw Tower System with tubular slide acts as the main focal point whilst our popular Dart Activity Centre, Jungle Climber Micro and smaller 1-Tower Jigsaw System are ideal for younger children.
With our cost-effective Grass Mat safety surfacing used around high wear areas, the integrity of the existing grass can be kept throughout the year and no matter the intensity of play.
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Check out the key products from our Ingoldmells Parish Council project:
Large Multi-Level Jigsaw Tower System
Dart Activity Centre
Jungle Climber Micro
Birstall Parish Council
A project focused around our Challenger Trim Trail range, our development at Birstall Parish Council includes lots of exciting play features whilst still leaving a large amount open grass space for ball games and community events.
With the addition of our Jungle Climber Midi, children can enjoy playing together on our popular climbing frame. Rubber Mulch Safety Surfacing was throughout the area to create a circuit layout and protect the surrounding grass area.
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Check out the key products from our Birstall Parish Council project:
Jungle Climber Midi
Rubber Mulch Safety Surfacing
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With over 25 years in the play industry, Creative Play have seen many playground trends throughout its time. From a strong focus on physical activity to innovative large-scale tower systems and intricate safety surfacing designs, we take you through 6 playground trends we have noticed rising in popularity this academic year.
Again, a great tool for promoting physical activity during both play times and PE lessons, we are increasingly seeing a trend here at Creative Play with schools utilising their PE & Sport Premium Funding with a sports activity trail.
PRODUCTs SHOWN: A-frame DOUBLE Net, Chin Up Bars, Treadmill, Tyre Crossing
Trend Two: Custom Designed, Modular Tower Systems
Not even two years old, our Jigsaw Play Tower range at Creative Play is already a big fan favourite and our most popular tower system range to date! Designed to be a completely modular range, individual play components can be selected piece by piece to create your ideal tower system for your individual needs, area size and budget. With platforms heights ranging from 0.6m to a whopping 2.1m and a wide range of play features to choose from, the only limit is your imagination!
From EYFS to KS2, SEN to academies, many schools up and down the country already have their own custom Tower System completely bespoke to their individual outdoor play environment. Plus, with more and more play features being added since its launch, we can’t wait to see what new designs are created in the future!
PRODUCT SHOWN: Custom Jigsaw Tower System (3 Towers)
Trend Three: Daily Mile Running Tracks
With more and more schools taking part in The Daily Mile, otherwise known as The Golden Mile, pupils throughout the UK (and beyond!) are now running, jogging or walking for 15 minutes every day! Here at Creative Play we love this concept as it allows children to stay active, motivated and focused throughout the day – and it seems you are too!
Whether you require a large safety surfacing running track or just need to brighten up your tarmac area with a few themed thermoplastic markings, such as footprints or a stop/start line, we’ll be able to make your outdoor space Daily/Golden Mile ready!
With events such as Outdoor Classroom Day and forest schools increasing in popularity, we’re seeing a big increase in the demand for outdoor learning environments. The perfect place to take learning outside and encourage children to explore the world around them, outdoor classrooms are ideal for increasing class participation and boosting imaginative play.
Not just classroom shelters, here at Creative Play we have a wide range of supporting items ideal for aiding outdoor learning- items such as our Chalk Board, Art Stage and Water Play items are always popular for enhancing these environments.
PRODUCT SHOWN: Octavia Shelter (5m)
Trend Five: Games Inlaid into Safety Surfacing
A great way of adding in extra play value, especially when space is limited, we are seeing more and more of our installations incorporating classic games, such as hopscotches and targets, into our safety surfacing.
Predominately in our Wetpour Safety Surfacing, this allows a wide range of colours to be included, allowing for a final impressive design.
But it doesn’t stop there! We are also including other designs such as fish and pirate-themed icons in our nautical themed play spaces as well as roadways and traffic lights – allowing us to incorporate imaginative play cues to aid play.
PRODUCT SHOWN: WETPOUR SAFETY SURFACING
Trend Six: Inclusive Seating Areas
Finally, we are seeing an increased request for inclusive areas, particularity seating, across all our sectors. Whether this is schools, parish councils or businesses, the importance of inclusivity is becoming more known in the public zeitgeist and we at Creative Play are extremely happy to see this happening.
Whether this is through play equipment or seating, our talented in-house team will be able to help you meet the particular needs you want address and help create your inclusive space on a individual basis.
Sir Stanley Gray Pub contacted Creative Play looking to transform a blank concreted area with an old fashioned beach feel, to a play space for children of all ages. They wanted the area to be packed full of play features and activities whilst keeping in line with the surrounding area. As the pub is on a cliff front overlooking the sea, a beach themed playground was perfect.
To meet the beach theme requirements, we introduced our brand new timber Shipwreck! The Shipwreck comprises of 3 main ship elements; Bow, Stern and Crow’s Nest and has room for multiple children to play at one time; perfect for a pub setting! To ensure we provided play activities for everyone, we incorporated a two tower Jigsaw Play System, two animal spring riders, and a mound tunnel as well as palm trees and a treasure chest to really enhance the nautical theme.
In addition to all of the play equipment, we laid our Wetpour safety surfacing to ensure the play area would not only meet all BSEN1176/1177 safety standards, but to also really provide an extra WOW factor. Within the Wetpour, we included sea, sand and several sea animals designs! Overall the design of this playground is really impressive and is great for promoting imaginative play.
This wasn’t a simple installation as we had to crane all equipment and tools to completed the job over the nearby cliff! This wasn’t something we had done before but with close co-ordination with Sir Stanley Gray Pub, the whole transition went smoothly and we were able to proceed with the installation as normal. To have seen the transformation of such a dull area to what it is now an amazing play space, it was such an exciting project to have been a part of!
With Wimbledon hitting our screens this week, now is the perfect time to provide more outdoor sport opportunities in your playground – and nothing does this better than a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA). Usually a fully enclosed sports zone, MUGAs are a fantastic way to cater for a wide variety of sports activities outdoors. From tennis to football, hockey to netball, the uses are almost endless as they can be used for PE lessons, community tournaments, after-school clubs and family fun days.
But with so many possibilities here at Creative Play, our talented in-house design team takes us through three easy steps on how to make the most of your Multi-Use Games Area. Keep reading below to find out how…
STEP 1. SELECT YOUR MUGA
Available in a number of set dimensions and mesh heights, our Multi-Use Games Areas are ideal for PE lessons, break times & after-school clubs. Not the right size for your space? Don’t worry! Our in-house design team can custom create a structure to suit your needs.
Click here to view our Standard Size Multi-Use Games Areas (NOTE: Bespoke sizes are also available on request)
STEP 2. CHOOSE YOUR COURT MARKINGS
Whether you want inlaid games markings included in our Wetpour & Artificial Grass Safety Surfacing or laid on top as thermoplastic markings, we can include a wide variety of sports court markings to create an impressive one-stop sports facility.
Click here to view our Safety Surfacing in more detail
Click here to browse our thermoplastic sports and court markings
STEP 3. ADD EXTRA SPORTS FEATURES
Our Target range works hand in hand with our MUGAs to create even more sports opportunities outside. Pick and choose a selection of our sports-based panels to cover an even wider range of sports; such as cricket, hockey and football.
Click here to browse our Target Sports Panels
Interested in creating your own sports facility? Get in touch with Creative Play today to get your project rolling! We’re on-hand and ready to help you create your dream sports facility from design right through to installation and beyond.
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