The play area, a £250K development, involves climbing structures, tree houses, swings, slides, sand pits and waterplay around a central boardwalk for adults to sit and relax in beautiful surroundings.
The design reflects Martin Mere’s focus on the environment and natural play allowing children ages and abilities to play in a social and safe environment. Features include:
- Mini marshlands – Toddler play space with swings, see-saws, play houses and wobble dishes
- The wetlands – water play space with dams, bridges and channels to explore
- Fly like a bird across a cableway
- The reed bed – giant timber sculptures with nets and ropes for climbing, jumping, sliding and clambering
- Giant tree house – climb up the nets into the giant tree house and fly down the slide
- The sand flats – sand play area with playful grassy mounds and smooth boulders
Andy Wooldridge, Centre Manager, said: “The play area we had was so popular with families, but unfortunately it was over 25 years old and due for redevelopment. The new one will a fantastic addition to the Centre and will actively encourage children of all ages playing and interacting together in a more natural environment.”
The concept has been designed by Timber Play, one of the UKs largest play providers who have not only their own design team but a wealth of experience garnered from the UK and Europe. The design was chosen after a period of visitor consultation last October.
WWT Martin Mere is open every day from 9.30am to 5.30pm and parking is free of charge. Situated off the A59, it is signposted from the M61, M58 and M6. The Centre is also accessible via the Southportto Manchesterand the Liverpoolto Prestonline by train from Burscough Rail Stations. Visit the web site http://www.wwt.org.uk/visit/martinmere/ to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight centres.