Avoncroft Museum Play Windmill & Playground

Fully Customised Play Windmill

Aesthetically appealing and looking like a real windmill, we built a replica play windmill at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings that acts as a centrepiece in the already existing outdoor play area. We also added a secret boardwalk and a giant, play apple to expand the existing playground.

The play windmill is a great example of how a multi-play tower can be customised to your needs – rather than having a simple climb tower, we made this one look like a windmill. Despite its small footprint, the play windmill features a slide pole, a climb wall, a climb net, and two accessible levels.

The first two photos below were taken several months after the installation so that you can see how the natural timbers soften in hue to fit naturally into the environment. The second two pictures were taken immediately after the installation of the windmill had been completed on a rather grey and cloudy day.

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Windmill Back Play Area Avoncroft Museum Of Historic Buildings E1512937025398
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The Brief: A True-To-Life Replica

The brief for this project was to come up with something different… so that’s what we did! The windmill is made of oak and is a faithful copy of the famous Danzey Green Windmill. The real post mill features a brick roundhouse topped with a wooden structure and was built around 1820 before later becoming derelict. It was moved to the museum in 1969 and restored to full working order. As with all of our miniature replica play areas we took the time to capture the main features in a functional piece of play apparatus without limiting our creativity by making an exact clone.

Danzey Green Windmill 1

The Giant Apple

We built a giant apple on a stalk… children can climb through like maggots, and out along a branch (balance beam) with a steplog leading up into the apple. Realistically coloured, it will be there for a very long time as it is built from fibreglass.

The photo with blue skies shows the installation several months after completion, once the grass has grown through the rubber safety matting. The other photos were taken immediately after completion of the installation and you can still see wood shavings and other remnants of our work during a rather wet and grey few days on site.

Apple Climb Frame Play Area Avoncroft Museum Of Historic Buildings
Step Log Avoncroft Museum Apple Play Area Outdoor Playground

Climb Net Avoncroft Museum Apple Play Area Outdoor Playground
Rope Traverse Avoncroft Museum Apple Play Area Outdoor Playground
Main Avoncroft Museum Apple Play Area Outdoor Playground

The Secret Forest Boardwalk

In addition to building the play windmill, we also built a secret boardwalk through the laurels which circles the chapel, allowing it to be viewed from all sides. The laurel walk is an enticing natural walk that leads to the play area with the windmill.

Boardwalk And Fencing Avoncroft Museum Of Historic Buildings Play Windmill And Boardwalk
Wooden Boadwalk Play Area Avoncroft Museum Of Historic Buildings

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Designing Your Perfect Play Area

Use this themed play area as inspiration for your own project, but don’t be afraid to push the boundaries in whatever way you want. Add extra features, incorporate interesting themes, and do whatever else you can think of to challenge us to make you the best adventure play area possible. Please get in touch with us to discuss your idea and we will walk you through the design process.

Please also take a look at our other outdoor play areas, tree houses, multi-play towers, and replica landmarks for further inspiration – all of these concepts were amalgamated in this project to make the play apparatus that you see here.

Make An Enquiry

For pricing information, please refer to our pricing page or get in contact with us to make an enquiry and discuss a potential project.