Having recently being acquired by new owners, Smugglers Bar and Grill in Amroth, Wales, was in need of a redesign and a place for the little ones to enjoy themselves within range of their parents’ supervision. We built an indoor, themed pirate play area, as well as pirate themed seating.
The Brief: To Capture And Delight For Hours On End
As we know, grown-ups like to spend quite a lot of time in local pubs. As Smugglers wanted to be a family destination, there had to be a safe, easy to supervise play area within the walls of the building. It had to fit into a limited area and pack in as many entertaining features as possible. On top of that, it had to be an attention grabbing spectacle, even for the grown-ups. Especially the pirate ship!
Having a roof over your head really makes for difficult playground design. Fortunately, with a little innovation, we successfully managed to design our apparatus to fit perfectly in the irregularly shaped room. Every available square metre of this area has been used as effectively as possible: yet there is still plenty of space to run around in.
Materials and Imagination: Colour Is Everything
We decided to experiment with different ways to give our structures some realism. We used a special paint on the ship which allows the grain to show through, making it look just like a real hull. The fort was made with recycled poles to give a rustic and ramshackle appearance. All in all, the whole place feels uncannily authentic!
Just to add to the fantasy setting, the whole floor area was treated with a coating of soft wetpour, coloured to look like a sandy beach, a calm blue sea or a lush green island. And, for the icing on the cake, a total of three enormous seaside murals are painted on the walls throughout the area to complete the experience! Can you spot them in the pictures?
There are a huge number of features for such a small space, including:
- An artificial campfire
- A prison cage
- A 2-storey pirate fort
- A pirate ship moored to a jetty featuring a slide, wheel, mast, and sail
- A shipwreck covered in climb nets
- A crow’s nest
- A rope bridge
- Three giant murals on either side of the play area
- 2 rope v-bridges
Upon reopening their new property, the new managers were greeted by a swarm of new customers, all eager to try out the brand new playground. Outside the pub, we also installed pirate themed seating featuring canon tables, barrel tables, and decorative bombs.
A Huge Transformation
Take a look at the area that we started with and see how we transformed it. Sometimes it is hard to envisage what can be done with a space, but with hard work and vision, any space can be transformed into something that you can be proud of.
Pirate Themed Seating
In addition to the pirate themed indoor play area, we also built a pirate themed outdoor seating area, incorporating barrels, bombs, ship’s wheels, driftwood, and broken masts into our design. These all go hand in hand with the pub’s pirate theme and will be memorable for adults and children alike. You can take a full look at the range of pirate seating that we installed here, and also see some of our other picnic benches and themed seating designs here.
The following comments are publicly posted TripAdvisor reviews:
- “The pirate play area was a real hit with my 7 and 4 year old boys” AnnaP823
- “Our young children absolutely loved the play area in the back of the restaurant” Clunderwen
- “My granddaughter loved the play area” AbortedHoliday
- “the ‘Pirate Ship’ Play area is brilliant, you can never get the children to leave” annibee4
- “Kids loved the play area” Martin S
- “Our 3 year old loved it. brilliant pirate ship and play area. we actually had a bit of food and drink in peace while he played” Emma496
- “My Daughter Loved it” ecfc2000
- “the kids were thrilled with the play area” Mischapan
- “play area is amazing so you have peace while you eat their lovely food” 10liz1955
Use this pirate themed indoor 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 indoor 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 indoor play areas, themed seating, and pirate ships for further inspiration.
For pricing information, please refer to our pricing page or get in contact with us to make an enquiry and discuss a potential project.