The Playways team enjoying a festive Breakfast
Welcome to our festive review of 2017
Its has been a fantastically busy year for us at Playways. We’ve seen the team grow significantly in our workshop, and the number of playhouses and climbing frames we’ve built and installed has almost doubled.
Earlier this week we had a regular team breakfast and we took the opportunity to take a look back at the year, and each member of the team was asked to pick their favourite job.
Because there were so many we’ve decided to split this into 2 articles, with the second one coming in about a weeks time.
1. A Forest Mega Combo in Buckinghamshire
A particularly enjoyable time for me this summer was an installation I went on with Tom. In a garden near Newport Pagnall we spent 2 days building this Forest Mega Combo.
The Forest Mega Combo has proven to be one of our most popular products. It’s a large playhouse climbing frame with plenty of activities to keep children active and busy.
2. An Otter Playhouse Climbing frame on a sunny day in January
When I started Playways in 2004 it took a while to establish a particular style that would define the products and projects that we make. An early favourite though was the Otter Cottage. The original one was retired to a preschool in East Devon some years ago. This model takes the Otter Cottage playhouse and integrates it with our unique raised playhouse configuration. This picture is of an installation in the very early part of 2017. On a bright crisp day this Otter playhouse climbing frame was installed in a garden in the West Midlands. There is a wide range of Otter Playcentres on the main pages of our website.
3. This combination of Harvestwood House and playcentre looks stunning in it’s Kent garden
I’ve always liked the Harvestwood House. Its a large playhouse with an upstairs level. In 2017 we took this children’s playhouse and added a linked playtower and loads of activities to make a spectacular playcentre.
4. Damson Mega Combo in Birmingham
The Damson playhouse is a charming play cottage which is finished inside as well as outside to a very high level indeed. The roof is cedar shingle, and there is the characterful dormer feature over the door. The inside of the playhouse is lined and painted so that the walls are completely flat and resemble the plastered walls of a real house. When this cottage is incorporated into a playcentre it becomes an engaging activity centre that will keep your children active and busy for many years, as well as being a stunning feature in your garden.
5. This large playcentre is based on our Forest Mega Combo
When there is a large amount of space available, a good sized tree and some enthusiastic imaginations its amazing what can be created. In the past we’ve added castle features to a number of our playcentres. This one also has our arched bridge which will take a nest swing underneath it.
In this case, we were able to utilise the large oak tree behind the main playcentre as the launch point for a zip line.
6. Hex tower combination climbing frame
Ever since the early days of Playways we’ve made hexagonal towers in one way or another. They make a good base for a castle playcentre, or they can also have a roof to make a large, semi enclosed tower playhouse. Several times this year we built hexagonal towers that were connected to a separate tower by a bridge. This makes for a really great and interesting large playcentre that will accommodate quite a number of children playing at any one time.
We’ll be continuing our review of 2017 in a few days time, and the second instalment will feature some truly spectacular builds that are amongst the most extraordinary things we’ve ever built.
From all the team at Playways
Have a great Christmas