The summer holidays are a time for creating fantastic memories. And after recent events, who doesn’t want our children and young people to indulge in a #summerofplay? Here at Hand Made Places, we work with early years settings and schools across the UK to install a wide range of equipment that encourages learning through play. But we also have a focus on fun – which is why we are also the partner of choice to create play areas at stunning leisure sites and tourist locations all over the country. To celebrate the break-up of schools for the summer holidays, we’ve put together a guide to some of the best destinations for families, friends and carers to explore.
This museum tells the story of Anglesey and its people. During the school holidays it offers art activities on site as well as at home learning experiences through the Oriel backpack. The flagship attraction features inspiring art collections and exhibitions and is surrounded by the picturesque Anglesey landscape. In the grounds, Hand Made Places has installed a series of play sculptures as well as interactive equipment such as musical instruments and activity boards.
Explore Durham’s heritage coastline while staying at Crimdon Dene – then carry on the adventure at the holiday park’s playground. Long walks or traditional seaside fun, the expansive beaches are great for letting off steam and enjoying the British summer. And when the tide comes in, tailored play areas for older and young children are the perfect place to move on to.
Providing a safe and natural place for a huge variety of wild animals, Raystede Sanctuary is set across 9.5 acres of land in Lewes, East Sussex. It has reopened to visitors this summer to help raise funds for its work as an animal rescue centre. Bats, owls and crested newts are just some of the species to be found there. Young visitors can also explore the nature theme further through our range of bespoke imaginative and physical play equipment.
Discover the story of motoring through the world class collection on display at the National Motor Museum. The Hampshire attraction is home to about 1.7 million items depicting the development of motoring on the roads and racetracks of Great Britain. In fact one of the vehicles in operation on the site, a replica of a 1912 open-topped London tour bus, is the inspiration for an adventure play unit we built for young visitors.
With July being National Picnic Month, a trip to your local park with a hamper full of goodies and hours to spare is a must. Peel Park, in Bradford, has a range of excellent facilities for visitors of all ages. To complement the teenager’s skate park, Hand Made Places designed, manufactured and installed nine timber play challenges for younger children. Equipment includes a Trim Trail, Finger Mazes and Totems.