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Garden Swings Buying Guide

Choosing Your Swing

The first decision that needs to be made before purchasing a swing is what size you'd like. TP make a range of metal and wooden swing frames – some designed especially for young children, and some which are suitable for children up to about 14 years. The wooden Langley Range is designed and made by us, and these swing frames are suitable for any age range, including adults. It is important to note that often particular swing seats are designed for particular weight and age ranges, so it is worth making sure you have chosen a suitable seat for your frame!

Please Note: there is a TP compatibility table below to show which swings fit on which frames. All swings (except the Pirate Boat and the Rockaboat) will fit on the Langley Range.

Another important question is whether to choose metal or wood. Metal frames are lightweight and compact yet sturdy, and are ideal for those on a smaller budget. The wooden frames, slightly higher up the price range, come in both flat and round timber and will look natural and stylish in your garden. All frames need to be concreted in for maximum stability – the TP swings come with stakes whilst the Langley swings require a portion of the leg to be dug into the ground.

If you decide to go for a smaller metal frame, then the newly designed TP Kingfisher Swing at £34.50 is for you – attractive in yellow and green, it comes with a flat swing seat and at full height is suitable for ages 3-12. If you have a younger child then this swing can be used at a lower height, and with the addition of a baby seat (either the TP Deckchair or the TP Junior Seat fits) can be used from 6 months +.

If you'd prefer a smaller wooden frame, then take a look at the TP Forest Range, made from FSC certified Scandinavian Redwood. The smallest option is the Forest Nursery Swing at £83, which is suitable for children from 6 months up to 3 years and comes complete with a toddler seat. Please note no other swing seats attach to this frame.

The next step up is the Forest Swing 2 (3-8 years) – 'perfect for city gardens'. This comes at full height with a flat swing seat attached, but if you'd prefer a seat for a younger child then again the Deck Chair or Junior Seat will fit. The Single Forest Swing 2 is £88 but for fun to share is available as a double for just £103.

Finally in the Forest Range – NEW – is the TP Forest Growable Acorn Swing Frame (6 months - 8 years) at £98. The wooden equivalent of the TP Kingfisher, this can be used at either a lower or higher height – all parts included! For maximum versatility the choice of swing attachment is left to you, and there is a wide range of compatible swing seats at the raised height including Trapeze Bars and Wraparound Seats. Again, for younger use, there are a number of toddler seats available.

If you'd like something to last throughout childhood then there are a wide range of options available. If you decide that a metal swing is what you're looking for, then take a look at the TP Giant Swing frame. Over 2 metres tall, strong, and exceedingly stable, these frames can take all of the TP swings, from toddler seats to Pirate Boats and Skyrides. The age range is dependent on the seat, but most of the single seats designed for older children will take up to a weight of 60kg, and the doubles up to 80kg. If you want an exciting ride for a toddler then why not take a look at the Rockaboat, a double swing-seat that is suitable for children over 10 months (with a harness) to use with an adult? These swings are available in Single (£97), Double (£103), or Triple (£112.50), to cater for all of your requirements.

If you choose a wooden frame, then you can choose between the TP Sherwood Range and our own Langley Range. You may notice that there is a TP Kingswood Range too but the Kingswood swing arm can only be used with a tower combination, not as a stand alone swing – see Climbing Frame section for more detail. The Sherwood Range is robust, comes with a lifetime guarantee against rot, and will support the full range of TP swings. Built to last, the round timbered frame will slot naturally into any garden and provide an attractive, versatile and quality piece of equipment to last your children into their teenage years. Again, it is available in Single (£181), Double (£191), or Triple (£201) size and cater for the same maximum weights as the metal Giant Frames – around 60kg for most single seats and 80kg for most double seats.

If you are interested in top quality Wooden Swing Frames then take a look at the Langley Range. These round-timbered frames are of exceptional quality and are unique to The Active Toy Company. Versatile and attractive they are compatible with almost all of the TP swing seats (excluding the Rockaboat and the Skyride) and our own range of stylish Langley Swing Seats. Langley Wooden Swing Seats complete a naturalistic, rustic swing set whilst our sophisticated Rubber Swing Seats are suitable for any age range. Again these come in Single (£249), Double (259), or Triple (£279), with all timber and hardware included. Attaching and swapping swings over couldn't be easier so why not go for a double frame – you could start off with a Toddler Seat (our own Highback Baby Seat or the TP Junior Seat) and a Dark Green Plastic Swingseat and once the children have grown up, attach the stunning Louisiana Swing Seat - a luxurious double swing-bench perfect for relaxing in the garden! These swings are straightforward to put up but we do have an experienced assembly team on call if you'd like us to do it for you.

The Forest, Sherwood and Langley Ranges extend into swing and slide/tower combinations so take a look in the Climbing Frame sections if you're interested in more than just a swing. Otherwise just have a browse through our swing sections and see which frame looks most suitable for you! If you require any more information then do give us a call on 01635 248683.



Forest Growable Acorn

Forest Swing Sets

Sherwood Swing Frame

Kingfisher Swing Frame

Giant Swing Frames

Deluxe Swing Seat (TP 870/925)

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Quadpod (TP999)

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Deckchair Swing Seat (TP91)

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Wooden Swing Seat (TP72)

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Junior Seat (TP998)

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Wraparound Seat (TP869/924)

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Trapeze Bar & Rings (TP79/923)

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Timber Swing Seat (TP948)

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Skyride (TP833/879)



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Rockaboat (TP650)



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Rockaboat Harness (TP648)



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Pirate Boat (TP584/933)



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Twizzler 2 (TP946)