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Forest play area, Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest, 11.01.18

A spectacular three tower interlinked timber play structure, designed by Russell Play, has dramatically transformed an outdoor play area at the Center Parcs holiday resort in Sherwood Forest. The natural coloured multi-activity tree house complex looks completely at home rising among the tall fir trees in the resort’s forest setting. Children find playhouse structures very appealing because of all the physical challenges they offer, as well as the imaginative adventure play. In this case a Robin Hood adventure perhaps?


Three tower multi activity play house.


A forset play area reimagined
Sherwood Forest is one of six Center Parcs holiday villages located across the UK and Ireland. Aimed primarily at young families, the holiday complexes are filled with quality facilities to provide entertainment and activities for them during their stay. The Sherwood Forest resort has a huge variety of indoor and outdoor facilities for sport and play spread over its 400 acres.

Center Parcs wanted to completely reinvigorate an outside play area next to their ‘Jardin des Sports’ sports centre complex. Russell Play won the tender on the strength of their concept and were invited to realise the making of the park.

The new design meant stripping back most of the site to the ground and leaving just the mature trees, which were integrated as part of the new design.


Children playing in rope tunnel bridge between towers.
Timber towers showing the tube slide.


A multitude of play activities in one giant playhouse
Russell Play used their Spielart bespoke timber range in their concept design because of its suitability for the job. The natural material and style have great appeal with clients and kids alike and is perfect for such a setting. It is a popular choice because the great durable and robust qualities of the robinia timber ensure it will last for many years. It is ideal for structures that are open to the elements and have many children playing on them at any one time on a daily basis throughout the whole year.

These large structures can also provide a whole gamut of play activities and discovering each of them is, in itself, a great part of the fun for children. Play features of the three towers include a stainless steel tube slide, clatter bridge, crawling bridge, net bridge, chunky ropewalk, climbing ladder, scramble net, fireman’s pole, ladder access and stair access with various climbing platforms within the lookout towers.


Kids waving from high window inside playhouse.

Centre of towers showing adjoining crossing rope bridges.


Full view of the three towers in Sherwood Forest Center Parcs.

'Looking up at playhouse towers with pine tree.


Matching junior play area for young imaginations
For younger kids and toddlers, an adjoining junior play area was created featuring a dwarf themed playhouse with a wonky roof matching the three towers. The playhouse features a stainless steel slide with net, a ramp and ladder access. The other activities in the junior play area are a basket swing, timber carved hungry caterpillar balancing beam, toadstool seats, fox and rabbit springers plus a couple of beautifully handcrafted woodland themed play panels.


Junior play area with dwarf playhouse and timber carved play items.

Girl playing in timber carved dwarf playhouse.


Girls playing on basket swing at junior play area in Center Parcs.

'Timber carved forest themed activity play panel.



The impressive multiple tower structure is visually striking and has been a great success with holiday-making families.


Watch the time lapse video of the construction

 



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Spielart - timber play.


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