Outdoor Climbing Frames

Here at Wicken Toys, we stock a wide variety of climbing frames so children of all ages can benefit from the perfect playtime whenever they like! Our outdoor climbing frame options are the perfect fit for any garden, no matter how big or small, so nobody has to miss out on the hours of fun that these pieces of play apparatus can bring.

There are so many possibilities when it comes to outdoor climbing frames, making them the perfect choice to get children’s imaginations going and bodies moving. Depending on the structure you choose, your child can learn to climb, slide, swing, and more from the comfort of their own garden.

 

Climbing frames from leading brands

Climbing frames are a great way to encourage exercise and an adventurous attitude to life while learning new skills. When you choose a climbing frame from the broad range available on our website, you’ll be investing in your child’s future development. From galleon ships to forts, twin-towered play centres to toddler-friendly slide and swing sets, there’s something for everyone at Wicken Toys!

As well as offering a wide variety of products, we always ensure that every item is manufactured to the highest standard, so children can get the most out of them whenever they want to play. That’s why we only work with industry-leading brands in climbing frame production – so you can be assured that you’re making the best possible purchase.

Said brands include the well renowned TP and Plum, both experienced in the creation of some of the finest and most imaginative children’s climbing frames on the market today. We also offer climbing frames from Creative Playthings, with an extensive range of accessories available to expand your child’s play capabilities.

 

Easy assembly to get to the fun part faster

All of our climbing frames are delivered free of charge and flat packed in boxes, with all the necessary components and easy-to-follow instructions included. We understand that the excitement can be too much to bear for some children, so quick installation is a must to keep them happy!

This hassle-free installation process allows you to assemble these structures securely in next to no time. With at least two adults working on the construction together, the kids will be clambering on their new play apparatus to their hearts’ content before you know it.

 

Friendly, personal service

Making the right purchase when it comes to a kid’s climbing frame is vital in making sure that they’ll have bundles of fun for years to come, so why don’t you try before you buy? You’re welcome to come and do so at our display site and take a closer look at our climbing frames for yourself.

Wicken Toys is a family-run business, and we strive to deliver friendly and personal customer service. If you have any questions about our climbing frames or want to know more about our wider range of products, then be sure to get in touch with our team today!

Simply give us a call on 01908 571 233 or email us at sales@wickentoys.co.uk. You can also fill out our online contact form and one of our experts will respond as soon as possible.

 

Outdoor Climbing Frame FAQs

Where are the best climbing frames?

Here at Wicken Toys, we ensure that we provide the best climbing frames around. We understand the need from both children and parents to have their very own fun-filled climbing frame in their back garden or outdoor space – who doesn’t enjoy the excitement of a jungle gym?

That’s why we’re committed to producing the finest collection of children’s climbing frames for you to choose from, guaranteed to provide your kids with extended periods of outdoor play to produce smiles all round. Take a look at our extensive list on our website now, and we’re sure you’ll find the ideal option that works for you.

We provide climbing playhouses in a variety of styles, from forts and castles to rockets and ships, so your child can go on an adventure without leaving the safety of your yard. There’s also a vast selection of climbing frame elements in endless combinations, whether you’re interested in slides and swings or rock walls and rope nets. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed when you choose to buy from Wicken Toys.

 

How long do climbing frames last?

We always provide climbing frames to our customers that are safe and durable, so you can be reassured that you’re making a worthwhile purchase. Since it will be located outdoors, your climbing frame will inevitably encounter the sometimes harsh weather that the UK has to offer, so we understand the need for long-lasting timber that can survive this with ease.

Of course, it’s important to keep on top of maintaining your climbing frame by regularly treating and cleaning the wood to protect it from damage. Parts made of metal and plastic should be cleaned periodically to prevent rust and corrosion, and swing hooks may need to be lubricated if they start squeaking when your child is swinging.

Though all the climbing frames we sell come with a manufacturer’s warranty, you must take good care of your climbing frame to maintain its condition over time. Well-kept climbing frames should comfortably last for around 10 years with the appropriate TLC.

 

Where should I put my climbing frame?

The answer to this question depends on a number of factors. These include the size of the space you’re working with, the size of your children, and whether you have any other outdoor play equipment in the same area that can’t be moved.

When browsing Wicken Toys to choose the perfect climbing frame for your children, you should already have taken the measurements of the available space. You’ll need these measurements to compare each product’s specifications against them and double-check whether the climbing apparatus would be a suitable fit for the area.

Don’t forget that vertical constraints should be considered too – anything from plants and trees to washing lines could get in the way. You should be 100% sure of the positioning before you start building the climbing frame, as once it’s installed, you’ll have to deconstruct it again if you decide to move it somewhere else.

 

Do you need planning permission for a climbing frame?

Much like playhouses, any large outdoor structure may require planning permission from the council – even though you’re constructing it on your own private property. Before committing to a climbing frame, you might want to contact your local council or check the Planning Portal for restrictions.

Generally, structures must have a maximum overall height of 4 metres (13 feet). However, if there is a flat roof, the maximum height will be 3 metres (9.8 feet). If the structure is within 2 metres (6.5 feet) of the property boundaries, then the height limit is further reduced to 2.5 metres (8.2 feet).

As long as the climbing frame is within the limits, you shouldn’t need planning permission – but you should still let your neighbours know you’re installing it. Since platforms must be no higher than 0.3 metres (just under 1 foot), it’s likely you’ll still need permission for a climbing frame higher than this.

You’ll definitely need to apply for planning permission for your climbing frame if you want to build it between your property and a public highway (e.g. in your front garden), or if the structure will take up more than half of your garden. There may be stricter rules if you live in a conservation area.

 

How to maintain an outdoor climbing frame?

To keep your climbing frame in prime condition for as long as possible, you must perform regular checks and maintenance on the structure. Always make sure the area is clean, with even ground and no overhanging obstacles. If the structure is leaning or swaying at all, do not let children play on it.

Inspect the hardware and ground anchors to make sure that the frame is stable and secure. Tighten any loose screws and bolts, treat any rust with WD-40, and reposition or replace parts as required. If the ground isn’t compact enough to hold the anchors properly, you may have to pour concrete.

Keep all plastic pieces clean using mild soap and warm water, and check that swing ropes or chains are still in good condition before letting a child use the swing. Exposure to the elements can result in wood becoming rough or splintered, in which case you should smooth it down with sanding paper.

You should also aim to top up protective coatings on wood at least once a year, using a suitable non-toxic varnish and/or stain. This should prevent the wood from seriously cracking or splitting (small fissures can appear in wood over time, but these shouldn’t impact the integrity of the structure).

 

What are the benefits of climbing frames for child development?

Toddlers and young children develop very quickly as they grow and learn more about the world. As a parent or guardian, you’ll want to help them as much as possible. There are many benefits of outdoor climbing frames for children – not least spending more time outside away from screens.

In addition to getting valuable Vitamin D from the sunlight and giving their young eyes a break from televisions and computers, kids can learn a lot by exploring a climbing frame. It not only inspires their imagination, but it also encourages them to develop their cognitive problem-solving skills.

While practising logic and critical thinking to find the best routes and tactics, children also learn how to assess risks. Having the independence to test their limits in a safe and supervised environment will give your child more confidence in new situations, and stimulate their sense of adventure.

One of the most obvious advantages of climbing frames is that they help kids to develop their motor skills and physical strength. They’ll improve their dexterity and balance, while staying active and healthy. Stretching, pulling and pushing, and jumping and landing are all good forms of exercise.

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