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13th September 2017

Supporting Architects and Housing Developers with Outdoor Play Areas

As well as schools, educational environments and visitor attractions, we also regularly design, create and install custom made play spaces for housing estates and residential developments.

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16th August 2017

Playground Training Seminar with Yorkshire Local Councils Associations

We're proud to have recently played host to a playground training seminar, held in association with the Yorkshire Local Councils Associations.

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10th August 2017

Bramham Play Area Transforms Village Life

Transforming village life for those who reside in Bramham, we revisited their play area at Freely Lane this year to add to their playground that we began work on in 2014.

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3rd August 2017

New Adventure Space for Kids Play

We recently completed a project alongside Kids Play Ltd that encompassed every aspect of fun you can imagine, from a Hobbit House to a Fire Escape Walkway.

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12th July 2017

Woodwork with Osbaldwick Primary School

This week we headed to Osbaldwick Primary School to get creative with the children, involving them in an exciting joinery project. They had lots of fun and were so pleased to receive such great feedback from it.

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28th June 2017

Playscheme Awarded Place on ESPO Framework

We're delighted to announce that we've recently been awarded a place on ESPO framework, for the supply and installation of bespoke outdoor play equipment!

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7th June 2017

School Playground Equipment Ideas

At Playscheme, we believe that we design some of the best school playground equipment on the market; we can also build absolutely anything you'd like, and we mean that!

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26th May 2017

The Best of Playscheme's Timber Play Equipment

We're experts at designing, building and installing timber play equipment and we're not afraid to shout about it. Our play schemes are second to none and we offer a multitude of wooden play apparatus and adventure trails to schools, outdoor leisure parks and visitor attractions - we can do it all!

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11th May 2017

Creating Beach Cove at Hornsea Freeport

We’re delighted to reveal our recent work creating the brand new Beach Cove at Hornsea Freeport Outlet Village! The huge new play area is at the heart of a major transformation of the site, with the aim of reviving and breathing new life into the shopping destination.

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5th April 2017

New CNC Machine Takes Play to the Next Level

We believe in investing in ourselves as a business and in our employees. With this in mind, we've just invested in a brand new CNC machine!

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28th March 2017

Creative Carvings

At Playscheme, our in house joiners love to show off their wood carving skills with our range of amazing woodland carvings! But as well as showing our creative talents, these skilfully made sculptures can transform your space and truly bring an outdoor area to life. And if that wasn't enough they can even inspire and empower children's learning and development!

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21st March 2017

Get into Gardening this Spring with Help from Playscheme!

Monday was the first day of Spring and we certainly feel like we're ready for it! As daffodils are starting to sprout up from the soil and the days become longer, it's time to get those green fingers in action and work your magic in the garden!

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14th March 2017

The Success of Funding for Adventure Trails

At Playscheme, we have years of experience working with schools and public play areas and have had great success when it comes to helping them obtain funding for their dream playground projects.

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8th March 2017

Free Standing Adventure Trail for Peachy Productions

Earlier this year we were approached to create a piece of free standing adventure trail equipment for the annual Camping, Caravan and Motorhome Show by Peachy Productions.

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6th March 2017

How to Spend Your Sugar Tax Funding

The government has recently announced that schools across the UK are set to receive £415 million from a levy on sugary drinks in order to boost a healthier lifestyle. But what does this mean for you and how should you spend it?

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24th February 2017

Forest Schools: At One With Nature

We love creating fun, experiential and immersive spaces for forest schools. The outdoor environment gives children first-hand contact with weather, seasons and the natural world, and what better way to enhance this experience than with a well thought out play scheme that appeals to all the senses?

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14th February 2017

The Play Areas We Love

Roses are red, violets are blue, Playscheme design and install playgrounds just for you!

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3rd February 2017

Get Active in 2017 with Our Outdoor Gym Equipment

It's a new year, and many, if not most of us, have pledged to up our game in the fitness stakes and get more active in 2017.

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13th January 2017

Integrated Play Area for Robin Hood Primary School

Robin Hood Primary School in Wakefield has recently been given the Playscheme touch, with a brand new integrated play area that incorporates three separate zones.

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5th January 2017

Playscheme's Best Installations of 2016

2016 was a good old year for us. Take a look at just some of our best installations of the last 12 months.

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21st December 2016

Playscheme's 2016 Roundup

We've accomplished quite a lot of things this year, and achieved and crossed many milestones. With this in mind, we thought we should take a recap over the year.

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19th December 2016

What Playscheme Can do After Installation

Once we install your new playground, we won't just leave you and never come back, our service exceeds all expectation, with inspection and maintenance available throughout the entire lifespan of your play equipment.

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29th November 2016

How Apprenticeships are Benefitting the Economy

Apprenticeships are a hot topic of late, and in the light of the proposed apprenticeship levy kicking in next year, we wanted to share our opinion on just how valuable we believe work-based qualifications like this are.

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22nd November 2016

Our Big Photographic Competition Winners Revealed

Earlier this year we announced our first Big Photographic Competition, opening up the forum for schools and public play areas that have had our equipment installed, to take pictures of it in situ and share them with us in the hope of coming away with a fantastic prize for their play area.

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10th November 2016

Live Life Like a Viking in Our Themed Play Area

We've captured the bravery of Vikings and exhilarating Nordic folklore with our five brand new themed play areas for next year.

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9th November 2016

New Sandpit for Selby Community Primary School

This week, we put smiles on a lot of children's faces when we delivered a brand new sandpit to Selby Community Primary School in North Yorkshire.

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26th October 2016

6 Tips to Keep Your Children Safe this Halloween

Autumn is one of those seasons where there’s a lot going on in the way of events. Leaves are falling from the trees, we’re crunching our way to school and we’re making plans for Halloween and Bonfire Night.

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25th October 2016

Steve Danby Takes on New Role at Playscheme

After quite an eventful and jam-packed year in terms of the sheer amount of projects that we have designed, built and installed, the business and its requirements are evolving quite rapidly.

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13th October 2016

Brookfields Specialist SEN School

In one of our largest installations this year and one of the most ambitious for sure, we are proud to reveal our work at Brookfields Specialist SEN School in Reading.

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4th October 2016

What is an Inclusive Playground?

At Playscheme, we believe that children with disabilities and special needs should be able to play together with able-bodied children. And this is why we create playgrounds where all children can enjoy play experiences together, while feeling as included as any other child.

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4th October 2016

Exciting Playground Installation for Freemantle

I guess you're all wondering what we have been up to lately? Well, we've been up to so much. Rushed off our feet to say the least! One highlight of the last few months however, is that the Playscheme team have been involved in one of the largest and most exciting installations of the summer! This time at Freemantle C of E Community Academy in Southampton...

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9th September 2016

Playscheme Race for Charity in Micklegate Soapbox Challenge

Recently, the Playscheme team took part in the first ever Micklegate Soapbox Challenge in our historic home city of York. As well as great fun for everyone in the company, we were also racing to raise money for Safe and Sound Homes, a charity really close to our hearts. SASH helps homeless 16-25 year olds in York, North Yorkshire and East Yorkshire, and is also our chosen charity throughout 2016.

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2nd September 2016

Artificial Grass vs Natural Grass

At Playscheme, we are often asked about the advantages and disadvantages of our products and services. But there’s one question that keeps cropping up more than any other: “Which is the best, artificial grass or natural grass?” While there’s no definitive answer, here’s a guide to which might be best for you and your requirements.

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17th August 2016

Inspiring Future Olympians with Sports and Fitness

The Olympic Games in Rio are just over halfway through, and as the United Kingdom are sitting pretty at number two in the medals table with 50 medals at the moment, we feel pretty inspired by our great athletes. It's now time to inspire our Olympians of tomorrow with our top quality sports and fitness products!

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17th August 2016

A Day in the Life of: Carol Danby

In the next instalment from our 'A Day in the Life of' series, we speak to Carol Danby, Finance Director at Playscheme. Here's what she gets up to on a day-to-day basis in the office...

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15th August 2016

Why is Role Play Important for Child Development?

Role play can be interpreted in many ways, but essentially, it is learning through play. Not only does it fuel the imagination of youngsters but it is an extremely strong method in developing social skills.

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29th July 2016

Fairytale Playhouses and Imaginative Spaces

Here at Playscheme, we're not all about adventure trails and play towers, we also like getting stuck into the cuter, and more out of the ordinary projects, too. Here's a couple of fairytale play schemes we have designed, built and installed recently...

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25th July 2016

Sizzling Play Products for Summer

Yes, it's finally hotting up, which we are all pleased about here at Playscheme. What better way to celebrate than to run down our favourite Summery products that will enhance play and help keep children cool.

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14th July 2016

Playscheme Take on the Micklegate Soapbox Challenge

Great news! Playscheme are taking part in the very first Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge in York.

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13th July 2016

Vacancy: Technical Designer

A great opportunity has arisen to join our family-run playground manufacturing company in York. Playscheme are looking to create a brand new post as a Technical Designer.

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5th July 2016

Playscheme's Big Photographic Competition

We here at Playscheme are very happy with the equipment we have installed at schools across the country, which is why we would like to show it off on our website, social media and to help us illustrate our designs.

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30th June 2016

10 Imaginative Ways to Use your Play Hut

An ordinary play hut can be seen as a multitude of things through a child's eyes. Not only can it act as an extension to the classroom, but it can also be a place for a moment of calm.

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28th June 2016

Outdoor Classroom for Langton Primary

We recently completed a project at Langton Primary School in which we created the ideal outdoor canopy area as an extension to their classroom.

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24th June 2016

A Day in the Life of: James Green

In the next instalment from our 'A Day in the Life of' blog series, we speak to James Green, who has been with us for 7 months now and is firmly settled in and part of the family!

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15th June 2016

The Benefits of Nature and Play

Connecting young people with nature and the outdoors is vital for their development, especially in early years. Outdoor learning environments are known to stimulate the different areas of a child's play experience; not to mention the huge contribution to their health, too!

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15th June 2016

A Day in the Life of: Mark Chester

In the next instalment from our 'A Day in the Life of' series, we catch up with Mark Chester, who has recently just completed his work experience placement at Playscheme.

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3rd June 2016

A Day in the Life of: Ashleigh Cleet

In the next instalment of our 'A Day in the Life of' series, we catch up with Ashleigh Cleet who is Design Manager at Playscheme.

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2nd June 2016

A Day in the Life of: Angie Forster

We'd like you to really get to know our team, because we believe that our people make our business what it is today. With this in mind, we've kicked off a blog series that gives you a sneak peek into the lives of some of the key people at Playscheme.

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27th May 2016

Vacancy: Playground Designer

Fantastic news! We're looking to expand our team further with another Playground Designer to take on some exciting new projects coming our way. Here's everything you need to know about the job...

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27th May 2016

Why We Think Work Experience is So Valuable

At Playscheme, given the industry that we're in, we understand how vital work experience placements can be to young people looking to develop their career. 

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18th May 2016

A Collaboration with York St. John University

In January of this year we were kindly approached by York St. John University to launch a project brief on behalf of Playscheme for their second year students. As you can imagine, this was an incredible opportunity for us and we were so grateful to be invited to take part in such an exciting project.

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29th April 2016

Vacancy: Woodworker/Site All Rounder

Great news! We're looking to expand our team further with another Woodworker/Site All Rounder. Here's everything you need to know about the job...

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15th April 2016

A Sensory Experience for Martin House Children's Hospice

Caring for a child with a life-limiting illness is tough, not only for the young person, but for their families or carers, too. This is why respite homes can be a huge support system and calming place away from home for these people who may need an extra helping hand.

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4th April 2016

Making History Come to Life at Warwick Castle

With our friends at THEME3 we've been working on one of the most exciting projects we have ever had the honour of being involved in to date. A project that we have had to keep secret for quite some time now, but one that we have been itching to tell you about. That's right, we’ve built and installed a Viking longboat for Warwick Castle's brand new Horrible Histories Maze!

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23rd March 2016

Playscheme Playground Roundup

We have been super busy over the past few months, with lots of exciting projects installed, and many in the pipeline. Here's a short roundup of some of the playgrounds we have worked on recently.

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17th March 2016

Helping the Community Through Awards for All

There are many funding and grant opportunities available when it comes to getting a new play facility for your school or public play area. From government grant schemes to private funding and lottery grants, we will be able to take you through the options during a consultation. One of the most successful funding opportunities that's available to communities, is the Awards For All Scheme.

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2nd March 2016

New Active Learning Zone for Barwick in Elmet

This week, we will be opening up a brand new play area for Barwick in Elmet Church of England Primary School near Leeds.

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1st March 2016

We're Exhibiting at the Youth Sport Trust Conference 2016

We're happy to announce that Playscheme will once again be exhibiting at the Youth Sport Trust Conference this year, which is something that we are really looking forward to.

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19th February 2016

It's Playtime for All Saints School in Hessle

It's time for another playground transformation, and this time it's the turn of All Saints Church of England Voluntary Controlled Infant School in Hessle near Hull.

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10th February 2016

10 Best Play Areas to Visit this Half Term

Half term is just around the corner, which means we need to find ways to entertain the kids. If you're stuck for ideas of things to do in York and the surrounding areas, then why not check out some of the best play areas in the region?

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28th January 2016

The Advantages of Wooden Playgrounds

Within our industry, we are asked time and again about the advantages that wooden playground equipment has over other materials, such as steel. So with this in mind, we'd like to explore the ways in which natural is always better.

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26th January 2016

How to Make the Most of Your Farm

At Playscheme, we are very keen on building awareness of how best to monetise your farm. After recently joining forces with the National Farmers Attraction Network, we hope to do more work in the future within the farming and rural attraction industry.

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22nd January 2016

Members of National Farm Attractions Network

We are pleased to announce that we have recently become members of the National Farm Attractions Network, which is a fantastic opportunity for us to move further into the farming attraction sector and is a way for us to increase our profile and build awareness of our services, too. 

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11th January 2016

West Heslerton School Playground Takes Centre Stage

One of our last projects of last year was the transformation of the playground at West Heslerton CE Primary School in Malton, which won funding through the Awards for All Scheme with a little help from the Playscheme team.

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18th December 2015

New Playground for Palterton Primary School

This month, Alan Kitts attended the opening of a Primary Spaces playground that we installed at Palterton Primary School in Derbyshire, which was just one of the 82 projects that we won this year.

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1st December 2015

New Product Designer at Playscheme

Last week, we welcomed a new addition to our team. Meet James Green, who joins Playscheme as Product Designer.

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19th November 2015

Transforming Play Spaces Across the UK

Over the past month, we have been extremely busy, designing, building and installing play equipment at sites throughout the whole of the UK. Here's just a few projects that we have been hard at work at...

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11th November 2015

Primary Spaces for Playscheme

In May 2014 it was exciting to learn that Sport England had released funding for a project called 'Primary Spaces' and were looking for contractors to design, manufacture and install brand new play spaces for schools across England. We were very keen to get involved and are proud to say that we were successful in winning many of our designs submitted through the tender process. 

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11th November 2015

Adventure at Trentham Estate

Earlier this year we spent a fun week at Trentham Estate in Staffordshire, building and installing their infamous Altitude Tower.

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4th November 2015

Wigginton Playground Gets Royal Approval

This year we designed and installed a new play area in the lovely village of Wigginton in North Yorkshire, and as well as being a fantastic project to work on, we have since been informed that it has won royal approval!

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28th October 2015

Another Successful Build at Ulleskelf Play Area

The Playscheme team attended the grand opening of Ulleskelf Parish Council Play Area in York last week, for which we designed, built and installed a bespoke adventure playground as part of the area's redevelopment plans.

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27th October 2015

The Benefits of Outdoor Play

When you’re young, playing outside can be a real journey of discovery. But what are the benefits of outdoor play, and how can we encourage children to learn this way?

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