This week, ahead of the summer holidays, a NEW ‘Adventure Play Area’ opens at a major UK attraction.
Keeping the kids entertained during school holidays can be difficult, but the new playground could be a good start.
Nature’s Playground opens this weekend, Saturday 8 July, at the Eden Project in Cornwall, promising “inclusive and accessible” play for children of all ages.
The new play area will consist of slides and ladders, swings and a 9 meter high ‘Tree of Life’ tower, providing visitors with year-round play opportunities.
Other features include water features, hanging nets and even a miniature clay quarry.
The tree will be the centerpiece of the new area, which children can climb, crawl and climb through, up to a viewing nest at the top.
From there, they descend down a large corkscrew tube slide.
The new site will cover an area of almost 500 square meters, which is roughly the size of two and a half tennis courts.
The Eden Project says it is designed to “fit seamlessly into an existing forest landscape” and will “offer imaginative, sensory and accessible play on multiple levels”.
They also claim that the play area “immerses children in a wonderful forest world with a variety of play options that will delight and excite all ages.”
Emma Evans, Eden Chief Marketing Officer, said: “Eden is all about connecting with nature and we invest heavily in play to encourage children of all ages and abilities to discover that connection in exciting and memorable ways. “
“We know that active outdoor exercise is a great way for children to develop mentally, physically and emotionally, to unleash their imaginations and engage with the world around them, while having fun and being rich at the same time create memories.”
“We can’t wait to welcome families and school groups to kick off an amazing summer of play.”
Entry to Nature’s Playground is included with the Eden Project ticket price. However, booking a timeslot is essential for children under the age of 16.
Adults do not need to pre-book entry, but all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Guests only need to arrive within the hourly window they have booked and can stay as long as they like.
Relaxed sessions designed for those with autism, sensory or communication needs will be held on Wednesday 12th July and Thursday 20th July, then every Sunday from 30th July to 3rd September.
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