Pirate Play Ship, Ribby Hall Village Resort

Ribby Hall Village Resort

Ribby Hall Village has added another first class play area to its award winning resort in the form of a large, multi-activity, pirate play ship. Russell Play was invited back especially to create this play area after the success of their woodland set adventure play area at Ribby Hall.

A new patio play area for a brand new restaurant
The play area was imagined as forming part of a new Tapaz restaurant and bar to be opened on the resort. The restaurant building extends on through a large conservatory and out onto a spacious outdoor, walled, patio dining area. Beyond that in an adjoining extended walled area is the play area itself. The brief to Russell Play was to offer a design solution that would be befitting of the new development. During discussions with the client and their architect, who was putting together the details of the new restaurant area, it was decided upon a design of a bespoke Pirate Play ship. The ship would be installed on a large sand pit within the enclosed area.

An inspired solution
This is an inspired solution as one single large multi activity unit with a theme like a pirate ship is visually very striking perhaps more so than several smaller units spread out in the area. That instantly recognisable shape immediately invites children to play. A large play structure such as this can hold many activities more compactly while also allowing many children to play together at the same time. It also makes a visual statement to customers looking out of the restaurant through the conservatory and over the patio to the masts and sails rising up at the far end of the enclosure.

The Russell Play design team chose to construct a twin mast play ship in two sections joined by a 1.5 metre long chunky jungle rope bridge. The front section of the ship has a 1.1m high deck to play on with a fireman’s pole to slide down and space underneath to hide out. The back section of the ship has an access ramp with rope and a climbing wall for different challenges to suit abilities. On the opposite side there is a stainless steel slide for a quick exit to the sand. There are some very nice theme details in the ship to fuel young imaginations including a large anchor, portholes, masts with flapping sails and carved seagulls. The ship is constructed using robinia and oak timber (FSC approved European hardwoods) and is designed to be suitable for children aged 3 years and older.

The play area is in a more formal environment than the adventure play area Russell Play had previously designed and installed for Ribby Hall among the woodland area. This demonstrates the diversity of the bespoke timber range and shows how colour choices, themes and positioning, can change the look and function of a play unit and a play area.

Happy pirate kids, happy dining parents
It has been very well received and finishes the whole development off very nicely. Young holiday makers can act out their imaginations of being at sea playing in the sand and on the ship while parents can sit nearby with a quiet drink keeping a watchful eye.