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Climbing Frames Promoting Outdoor Play

In this hi-tech generation of Xbox's, iPad's and laptops it is all too easy for children to spend the majority of their free time indoors and glued to an electronic device. While there are benefits of children being accustomed to using the hi-tech tools of the 21st century, it is equally important not to ignore the huge importance of good old-fashioned outdoor play.

Play England is a great charity, which is spreading the word that play is crucial for kids and should be promoted and encouraged wherever possible. Click here to find out why play is so important.

“Playing outdoors is great for health, for building confidence and resilience, for making friends and building connections to the community. It's also a crucial part of a happy childhood.”

We couldn’t agree more and that is why we have been designing, selling and building top quality wooden outdoor toys for over 22 years

Houtland wooden climbing frame and slide

Then there’s no need for a family excursion to the park trying to keep yourself warm while supervising them amongst the crowds of kids of all ages and abilities – just open the back door and leave them to it while you keep an eye on them from the warmth of your own kitchen! Basically, to get the real long term benefits of outdoor play it needs to be easily accessible.

With a wide range of wooden climbing frames to choose from, we have something to suit all sizes of garden and budget. From a compact wooden play tower to a large bespoke designed wooden play structure we can supply it all and, if the building and installation isn’t for you, we can do that too.

The Active Toy Co is the exclusive importer of Houtland climbing frames, a well-known European brand of good quality and reasonably priced wooden climbing frames and swings. All structures sit at ground level and are suitable for children aged up to 12-13 years old.

TP Castlewood Tower with slide and swing arm
We also sell TP Climbing frames which offer 2 main designs – the Castlewood and the Kingswood - and also sit at ground level and suit ages up to 12 – 13.

The Castlewood is ideal for the smaller gardens as it has a very compact footprint whilst still offering lots of play value and will blend nicely into all gardens. The Kingswood is a larger structure with more play space and higher platforms which will certainly keep the older children entertained.

Our own Langley Range of solid timber play equipment was designed in house and offers a flexible, modular system which allows you to buy wooden climbing frames in 3 distinct ways.
Packages – we have several pre-configured packages which consist of the most popular combinations, for example the Langley Play Fort and Double Swing Arm. Quick and easy to order.

Langley Sky Fort climbing frame with turbo slide and lots of accessories
DIY design – you can choose a number of different elements and, with design advice from us, come up with a layout that suits you.
Bespoke design – following a site visit and a brief from you we design and construct a unique play structure to suit your garden and family requirements. The possibilities are endless!

Bespoke designed play structure built round trees

All Langley Climbing frames are concreted into the ground to provide considerable stability while also improving the aesthetics (fewer ugly support braces!). Using pressure treated top quality timber and a wide range of accessories we have all the tools to supply a wooden climbing frame for all situations.

Active Toy Co display of climbing frames, swings and trampolines

The best way to appreciate the differences between these climbing frames is by seeing them in the flesh and letting the kids try them all out. That’s why we are one of the few companies left offering a full ‘try before you buy’ opportunity at our shop and display site on our farm near Newbury. You can let your kids loose and see what they get the most out of whilst picking our brains on the pros and cons of each climbing frame.

If you can’t make it to us, we can arrange a site visit to see your garden and discuss options, as well as offering lots of help and advice over the phone – we have many years of experience at hand to make sure you choose the right climbing frame for your garden!

A recent email testimonial from one of happy customers says it all!

"After some research, we decided to go with Active Toy Company for a climbing frame for our young children.  It turned out to be absolutely the right choice.  From our initial visit through to our purchase and installation, they provided an exceptionally high quality, professional and friendly service.  Perhaps because it's family-run, they seem to make it their business to understand what you are looking for and how you can make it work best for your children within your budget.  Our kids love their play equipment and are out in the garden for hours on end.  We could not recommend them highly enough!"  Mr and Mrs P, Crowthorne, Berkshire.

So, go to our website, visit our shop or give us a call on 01635 248683 to discuss your wooden climbing frame requirements and soon the kids will ditch the Xbox or iPad and will be playing outdoors instead!