Custom-Made Outdoor Play Areas

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Whether you are looking for commercial playground equipment, an adventure playground for a school or community, a rustic, woodland play area for your garden, or any other type of outdoor play area, we are experts in designing safe, durable, and engaging play areas for children and families of all ages. We can take care of everything from start to finish – planning, design, landscaping, and construction – so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss your project.

Our Past CreationsHow to Contact UsCompany Standards | What We Can Offer You | Bespoke Design ServicesNatural, Rustic Play Areas | Themed Play Areas | School Playground Equipment | Rooftop, Indoor, and Small Space Play Areas | Customisable Play Accessories | Trim Trails | Return on Investment | Funding and Grants


Company Standards


Creative Play Area Design

Built to be accessible, engaging, and welcoming, all of our designs are bespoke, thus unique.

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Durable Outdoor Play Equipment

Our play areas are built to last, capable of withstanding rough weather and boisterous play.

Read about how our first playhouse is still standing.

Safety Through Intelligent Design

As a RoSPA member, all of our work is rigorously inspected to ensure maximum safety.

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What We Can Offer You


If you can dream it, we can build it. Below are a few different aspects of Flights of Fantasy that we believe make us a great choice for your upcoming play area, no matter what your specification is.

 


Our Past Creations


Our portfolio includes projects for large organisations and visitor attractions as well as local councils, schools, and private individuals. With our diverse portfolio we have incorporated decorative, carved animals, wooden forts and castles, pirate ships, trim trails, play trains, playhouses, tree houses, and seating into our play areas, in addition to traditional play apparatus such as climbing frames and swings. Below you will find a few of our past creations and if you scroll further down the page, you will find out more information about Flights of Fantasy and what we stand for as a company.

Holloway Hill Rustic Play Area

A rustic, natural looking play area that encompasses huge play potential in a small space.

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Farnham Park Adventure Play Area

An expansive, rustic adventure play area that features a castle-themed centrepiece.

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Hatfield House Adventure Play Area

A large adventure play area that features a themed replica of Hatfield House as a centrepiece.

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Wallington Hall Station and Locomotive

A themed, woodland play area incorporating a train station and locomotive replica.

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Abberton Reservoir Rustic Play Area

This natural play area incorporates wooden carvings of local wildlife to entertain and educate.

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Samlesbury Hall Themed Play Area

A woodland play area featuring miniature replicas of Samlesbury Hall and The Mayflower.

Read more about this play area.

Fountains Abbey Woodland Play Area

This expansive adventure play area spreads through the trees, offering huge play potential.

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Animal Wood Themed Play Area

Incorporating carvings of local animals, this themed play area offers education and interest to visitors.

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Wallington Hall Fort

This rustic, woodland play area incorporates natural play apparatus and a fort centrepiece.

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Thameside Themed Play Area

Following a local quarry and lighthouse theme, this play area offers new levels of discovery.

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Shebbear School Play Ship & Lighthouse

Following the nautical theme, this play area incorporates a play ship and lighthouse into its design.

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The Secret Garden

Built for a private client in a back garden, this play area features a playhouse as a centrepiece.

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Sandringham Adventure Play Area

Rustically themed, this adventure play area fits in naturally to its forested surroundings.

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Winchester Tower and Pirate Ship

A connected multi-play tower and pirate ship are centrepieces in this back garden play area.

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Kingstone Community Play Area

Robust and simple, this fort style play area is open to the public year round.

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St Mary’s School Pirate Ship

This wheelchair friendly play area follows a nautical theme with a pirate ship centrepiece.

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RSPB Newport Themed Play Area

Incorporating a local lighthouse replica and a ship as centrepieces, this play area follows a nautical theme.

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Croft Castle Themed Play Area

Themed with its surroundings, this play area features a miniature play castle as a centrepiece.

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Miniature Play Village

Featuring two playhouses, this adventure play area was installed in the garden of a private client.

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The Pepperpot

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A miniature replica of Godalming’s Pepperpot, this play area is instantly recognisable to locals.

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Pirate Ship Play Areas

Children love pirate ships and our diverse collection of pirate ship play areas has been hugely popular.

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Gloucester Services Maze & Playground

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We built two separate play areas at Gloucester Services northbound and southbound sites, one featuring a maze.

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Duke Of Cambridge Rustic Playground

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Located in the garden of a rural pub, this rustic playground features natural timbers so that it blends in naturally.

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Folly Farm Pirate Playground

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Themed around pirates and the tale of Black Bart, we built this pirate adventure play area at Folly Farm in Wales.

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Ffolkes Arms Hotel Play Area

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As part of the extensive redevelopment at Ffolkes Arms Hotel, we built a rustic adventure play area in the garden.

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Moss Lane School Playground

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Incorporating a miniature replica, a tractor, a playhouse, and traditional play apparatus, this school playground offer lots of play potential.

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Natural, Rustic Play Areas


For a wooden play area that blends into natural surroundings, Flights of Fantasy are specialists in creating natural, rustic play areas. Using local materials wherever possible and retaining the organic, warped features of logs and branches, our natural play areas are cost effective, environmentally friendly and sympathetic to their surroundings. Below our some examples of natural features that we incorporate into these designs.

Natural Timber Apparatus

Log Pile Play Equipment

We can incorporate natural timbers in various arrangements to create climb apparatus that is sympathetic to its surroundings.

Rustic Seating

Rustic Wooden Bench

Picnic benches, regular benches, and split log benches can all offer visitors a chance to rest and extend their stay at your attraction.

Subtle Centrepieces

Using unpainted timbers, we can make large structures that integrate with other pieces of play apparatus, yet fit naturally with their surroundings.

Read more about different pieces of play apparatus that can be incorporated into your design.


Our Rustic, Wooden Play Area Portfolio

Below is a collection of some of the rustic, natural, adventure and woodland play areas that we have built in the past. Clicking any image will take you to the individual play area page where you can find out more information about the play area in question, as well as see more photos.


Themed Play Areas and Miniature Replicas


Almost all of our play areas follow a well thought out theme, however some of them follow very particular themes as they are recreations of famous landmarks – miniature, replica landmarks in play area format, if you will. Below are a few examples of the play area we created along with the original structure. We pay great attention to detail in order to capture the most defining features of each play area whilst still ensuring that we make an engaging and exciting play area. Please take a look at our miniature, replica landmarks page to see more play areas like this.


School and Community Playground Equipment


Whether it’s for a school or for the local community, we can design, construct, and install accessible, safe, wooden playground equipment. Themed to the area, carrying the school’s logo, or simply a varied multi play apparatus, we can accommodate any need and work to any budget. One of the key issues when creating school and community playgrounds is making durable play equipment that can stand up to continued and boisterous use. The number of years our play areas have been standing in such situations is testament to the quality of our work and the longevity of our play apparatus.

Below is a small selection of our school and community play areas. Whilst any theme is possible, we have found that pirate ship play areas are particularly popular for schools, and the theme lends itself very well to imaginative and engaging play. It is also possible to make pirate ships that accommodate wheelchairs, making them accessible for all. Click any image to find out more.

Pirate Ship Play Areas

Loved by children around the world, pirate ships have turned out to be a very popular theme for school playgrounds and we have already installed them in multiple schools around the UK.

Shebbear Ship and Lighthouse

Incorporating a lighthouse and a ship into the design, this themed play area at Shebbear school offers interactive play for all students whilst stimulating their imagination.

Houghton Conquest Pirate Ship

Decorated in washed out, pastel colours, Houghton Conquest’s 20 foot pirate ship is both subtle and memorable. Able to accommodate 20-30 children at a time, it has helped to raise the profile of the school.

Kingstone Community Play

Simple and robust, Kingstone fort-themed community play area incorporates a vertical climb net, slide pole, climb wall, slide, cantilever swing, swing bars, and an aerial runway into its design.

Moss Lane School

A miniature replica of Godalming’s famous landmark, the Pepperpot, Moss Lane’s iconic play area stands as a memorable centrepiece that is true to local history.

Highnam Under Fives Pirate Ship

The pirate ship play area we built for Highnam Under Fives is primarily made from natural wood, giving it that authentic, pirate ship feel, but we added a few splashes of colour for the children’s enjoyment.

St. Mary’s Pirate Ship

wheelchair accessible, panel pirate ship, St. Mary’s school centrepiece is a simple design, yet instantly recognisable. We also built a miniature playhouse for the school.

Langton Green Pirate Ship

One of our very first school playground designs, Langton Green pirate ship uses simple, flat edges to create a robust structure. The pirate ship features a plank to boost children’s imaginative play.


Rooftop, Indoor, & Small Space Play Areas


We can design compact play areas for venues with limited room such as on rooftops, and we also design and make indoor play areas. Just because you have a small space available, it doesn’t mean that you can’t pack in huge play potential – combining intelligent design and years of experience, we can make memorable rooftop play areas, attractive indoor play areas, or play areas in any other space that you want to utilise. Please get in contact with us to let us know what space you have available and we can come up with a design that you will love. Below is a selection of our rooftop and indoor play areas.

Harley Street Clinic Rooftop Play Area

Harley Street Clinic Rooftop Play Area

This project transformed a derelict area, overlooked by children’s rooms, into a woodland themed playground to ignite their imagination and help them feel happier on their road to recovery.

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Gloucestershire Hospital Rooftop Play Area

Gloucestershire Hospital Rooftop Play Area

This village themed playground had to be strong enough to withstand any wind on the roof and remain light so as not to go through it! Miniature sized, it offers a whole new world for children to explore.

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Smugglers Pirate Themed Indoor Play Area

Consistent with the pirate theme at Smugglers Bar and Grill in Wales, we designed a pirate themed indoor play area that incorporates pirates ships, crow’s nests, and pirate themed seating.

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Gloucester Services Indoor Play Area

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Westmorland Gloucester Services are revolutionary service stations incorporating landscaped grounds, good food, and a pleasant atmosphere – they asked us to create this indoor play area for families.

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Whisby Natural World Indoor Play Area

The indoor play area at Whisby Natural World Centre tells the story of Whisby Pit’s history offering educational play. Originally open fields, it became a gravel pit, but has now become reclaimed by nature.

Read more about Whisby Natural World

Cheeky Monkey Miniature Town

Harry's Garage Indoor Play Area

Designed, constructed, and installed in a total of two weeks, this indoor play area incorporates a castle, sweet shop, garage, and range of opportunities for role playing activities across a miniature town.

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Fully Customisable Play Equipment Features


Although every play area is unique, there are always traditional play elements, tried and tested through the years, that we like to incorporate into our designs. The play equipment features are fully customisable and include traditional pieces of play equipment such as slides, swings, and roundabouts, through to climbing apparatus and some of our own unique creations. Below are some of the play equipment features that we regularly include in our designs, but you can take a look at our play equipment features page to see a much wider range of what we offer and get some ideas for what can be incorporated into your design. For an added dimension, we also like to incorporate wooden carvings and themed seating where appropriate.

Slides

Giant Custom Made Slide

Large and curving, short and straight, or spiral tubes, we can incorporate a location appropriate slide.

Swings

From traditional swings to basket and cantilever swings, any option is possible.

Zip Lines

Zip Line Play Apparatus

A firm favourite, aerial runways (or zip lines) offer a thrill for adventure seeking youngsters.

Rope Bridges and Nets

V Bridge Play Equipment

Using synthetic hemp that is long lasting, we can make an array of rope bridges and climb nets.

Agility Obstacles

Wobble Board

Log climbs, wobble boards, and balance beams are a small selection of our past creations.

Wooden Sculptures and Carvings

Following local themes, we like to incorporate memorable wooden sculptures and carvings into our designs.

Seating and Picnic Areas

Rustic or themed seating and picnic areas give visitors a place to rest, encouraging them to stay longer.

Unique Features

You are limited only by your imagination – this ball run is unique and wheelchair friendly.


Trim Trails For The ‘Big Kids’


We like to make play areas that are inclusive for every member of the family, thus we offer trim trails that are specifically designed to offer exercise facilities for adults and older children. Take a look at our trim trails page which incorporate the designs that you can see below.


Getting In Touch With Us


You can get in touch with us us by email or phone and we will happily walk you through the design process. Typically it works something like this:

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Site visit

We’ll visit you and discuss your play area in detail.

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Proposal & quote

We’ll prepare a no obligation design proposal and quote for you to decide on.


Return On Investment


Sandringham Play AreaWe understand that a play area, as part of a commercial venue, carries with it an uncertainty. Using our experience we can discuss any plans you might have in advance so that you can be sure if a commissioned play area will provide a satisfactory return on investment. In addition to financial considerations, the staff resources of attached venues should also be considered as we have often had reports of dramatic increases in restaurant and gift shop takings following a play area launch. As experts in play area design and construction, contact us for a no-obligation discussion about your ideas.

Below is a small assortment of feedback that we have had from our clients concerning return on investment.

Essex Wildlife Trust, Abberton Reservoir:

“Since we had our wild play area created at Abberton Reservoir we certainly have noticed an increase in families coming to the visitor centre. Visitor numbers have increased by over Seven Thousand.”

Essex Wildlife Trust, Thameside Nature Park:

“The new play area has increased our summer holiday revenue by 80% and we’re now over-achieving on our yearly targets.”

Essex Wildlife Trust, Abberton Reservoir:

“We have had an increase in families visiting the reserve, and families that I believe wouldn’t have come to the reserve had we not had the play area, which means we are reaching a wider audience.”


Funding & Grants


Rope Climb Play Apparatus CloseupIf your intended play area is dependent on a successful funding application then let us know so that we can help it succeed. When quoting for a project we provide a written proposal, design sketches, example photographs, and accurate costings before any decision is made. By involving us early in the process we can more accurately tailor the design to the project so that it answers the brief of your funding, improving the likelihood of funding being awarded. To discuss how we can support your funding application, contact us for a no-obligation discussion.

Interested in finding public funds and grants? we suggest that you try one of the following options:


Bespoke Design Services


There are very few – if any – play equipment companies in the UK that do quite what we do. We don’t have stock products and we don’t mass produce anything: Every single item of play equipment that we produce is hand made and one off. Whilst we do replicate many smaller pieces of play apparatus time and time again (such s log climbs, pull up bars, balance beams, etc), our use of natural timbers ensures that your play area will retain its unique charm. Our dedication to quality and several decades of experience making one off, fantastical creations ensures that your bespoke design will be everything that you want it to be.

Please get in touch with us and we will walk you through the design process to make your perfect play area.