Timberplay worked with Piglets Adventure Farm in York on the design and installation of a new beach area to enhance the play value provided by sand play.
Piglets has been open as an attraction since 2011, and year on year has added to its facilities, establishing itself as one of the leading family attractions in York.
Piglets took the notion of sand play and extended it to create a significant beach play area, with the addition of water play and sand play equipment.
A Playground Pump is positioned as the water source into a pebble play stream, providing a combination of water and sand. In addition, a Building Site sand transportation system was personalised to transform it into a lifeguard station – perfectly fitting the beach theme. A play hammock provides the ideal spot to soak up the rays and take a gentle swing.
Lining the beach play area are a number of beach huts, all named after East Coast towns. As well as adding an aesthetic backdrop to the play area, these beach huts provide excellent secondary spend opportunities, where beach dwellers hire these huts out for the day. A well placed snack bar for hot and cold drinks, ice creams, sweets and snacks for those enjoying the duration of a day at the beach also helps boost revenue.
Timberplay has worked with many farm attractions to create a wide range of water play areas. The beach at Piglets illustrates how well a theme can support the play provision, and how play can be used very effectively to increase secondary spend.
“The draw of the beach and the seaside coincides with the first sun’s rays, and it struck me that we were in a great position to offer our own beach facilities to satisfy those who don’t fancy sitting in a car. Beaches are one of the best ways of providing play for large numbers of children, and as we have coupled it with water play we can keep children entertained for hours. This is just the first stage of our beach development and we have been delighted with how well it has been received – it certainly bodes well for the future.”
– Ed Sykes, Owner