Watch Video – Martin Mere Play Area OPENS
A significant water play area is one of the key draws of the site, with a combination of equipment that enables the children to pump, spray, manipulate and transport the water. One jet is hidden within a boulder, so children can work together, pumping and playing with the water. This is complemented by a sand play area with building site, and sand is used throughout as an effective safety surface. Central to the play area is a bespoke tree house themed as a bird watching hide, with 4m high stainless steel tunnel slide. Older children gravitate towards a combination of a climbing forest and climbing structure with wide slide. A cableway complements this product combination, providing high energy play value over a 25metre cable. The play area can be negotiated via a central timber curvy walkway, this increases the accessibility of the play area for wheelchairs and buggies. This site was only opened in June 2012, but the first summer saw record visitor numbers. August alone attracted almost 28,000 visitors, representing a 6,000 increase in numbers compared to the same period the year before.
Stephen Harvey, Centre Developments Officer for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust comments:
“The design for this play area capitalised exceptionally well on the available space, to create a play area that appeals to children of all ages. We now have a challenging and beautiful setting to complement our site. It has been enormously rewarding working with Timberplay, a company which we believe shares many of WWT’s core values in the way we approach the world and negotiate through it.”
For more information on Martin Mere please visit www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/martin-mere.
- Martin Mere
- Ormskirk L40 0TA
- United Kingdom
- L40 0TA