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Winter-proof outdoor play equipment for year-round enjoyment

December 11, 2020

Even as the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, it’s still just as important for children to be getting outside each day for some exercise and a bit of fresh air. The best way to do this is to combine it with play! But, in order for them to get the most out of the outdoor play equipment in their local park or school playground all year round, it needs to be able to withstand these changes in weather and temperature without compromising on safety.

Whether it’s January or July, here’s some of our favourite outdoor playground equipment that is sure to keep kids entertained and active whatever the weather.

Tube slides

Slides can provide endless fun for children of all ages, and there’s no reason for rain to stop anyone’s play! By investing in a multi-play unit that features both an uncovered slide and a tube slide, such as our Tree House and Treetop Towers ranges, play will never have to be compromised. Not only do they protect against the elements, but tubular slides can be either straight or curved. This provides an extra dimension of fun in both sunshine and showers.

Outdoor musical instruments

When the weather is particularly bad, and the ground is wet or icy, it can be tempting to head indoors. Interactive musical play equipment, however, provides safe outdoor play all year long and is particularly ideal for school playgrounds. From tubular bells to xylophones, our range of outdoor musical instruments allows children to truly express themselves through play.

Covered furniture and play equipment

For older children who are looking to socialise more than play, covered furniture such as our Youth Centre and Teenage Village Shelter offers a place to sit with friends while being protected from the wind and rain. Not only are these shelters perfect for the winter months, but they can also provide some much-needed shade during the summer as well.

Wet pour rubber surfacing

When ensuring your playground is weather-proof and winter-proof, the surfacing is just as important as the play equipment itself. Our wet pour rubber safety surfacing is made using recycled bonded rubber to create a porous surface that makes puddles less likely to form. It is also slip-resistant and non-abrasive, minimising the risk of injury if accidents do happen.

Our playground surfacing is available in a range of colours and graphics. And, with options to add games like hopscotch and snakes and ladders, you can make this functional necessity part of the fun too!

With over 100 years of experience in the supply of outdoor play equipment, at Wicksteed we are committed to helping schools, local communities and housing developers create outstanding playgrounds where fun and safety go hand in hand. For more information about how we can help you create a winter-proof playground, browse our product brochure or get in touch today on +44 (0)1536 517028 or email [email protected].

Written by: Chris Rogers
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