Wooden Climbing Frames

A wooden climbing frame from Wicken Toys would make a wonderful addition to any family garden. These outdoor climbing frames allow children to explore their ever-growing skills and imagination – all without leaving the safety of their home or compromising the aesthetic of your outdoor space.

Whether it’s a simple swings-and-slide combo or a multi-purpose play centre, we have a wide range of wooden climbing frames and outdoor structures available at Wicken Toys. From wooden teepees and huts on the ground to raised dens and rock climbing walls, we have something for everyone.


Wooden climbing frames from award-winning brands

Our selection of wooden outdoor play equipment is second to none, as we only supply products from accredited manufacturers with strong reputations in the industry. This includes well-made wooden climbing frames from premium brands like Plum, TP, Creative Playthings, and All Out Play.

Hardwearing pressure-treated timber is a sustainable choice for long-lasting climbing frames. These wooden climbing frames are easy to customise, with a variety of equipment and additional features to choose from. You can also paint them in any colour you like, or keep the natural wood look.

There are so many different ways to play with a wooden climbing frame. Kids can scale cargo nets and rock walls to reach tower platforms, swing across monkey bars or escape down a slide, make a secret den in a hideaway area, or play in a ball pit underneath. You can even add your own sandpit.


Inspire children with outdoor climbing frames

With so much to see and do, a wooden outdoor play centre guarantees hours of fun and exercise for little ones, lasting throughout their childhood. Most wooden climbing frames are suitable for 3-10 year olds, though some structures can still be enjoyed in their early teenage years from 12-14.

When young children have an outdoor climbing frame as a source of entertainment, they learn valuable life skills while they play. The various activities promote co-ordination, balance, and flexibility, encouraging problem-solving and building physical strength and social awareness.

A wooden climbing frame is an excellent investment for your child’s future, helping them to grow up happy and healthy. Since you can paint and decorate the wooden structure however and whenever you like, it offers endless ever-changing possibilities as a bespoke outdoor adventure playground.


High-quality climbing frames and friendly service

We’re experts in all kinds of children’s play equipment here at Wicken Toys, so you can trust our seal of approval on every wooden climbing structure that we sell. We even show off some of the constructions at our display site, so you can take the kids along to try them out for themselves.

The Wicken Toys team is always happy to help, whether you need advice on assembly or more information about a product. If you need further assistance before or after placing an order for a wooden climbing frame, simply get in touch with us by calling 0800 587 1066 or 01908 571 233.

Alternatively, you can reach the team by sending an email to sales@wickentoys.co.uk, or by filling out and submitting our online contact form. We’ll reply to your enquiry as soon as we can, ensuring that you receive outstanding customer service so you can get the most out of your climbing frame.


Wooden Climbing Frame FAQs

• Where should I put a wooden climbing frame?

Before you buy a climbing frame from Wicken Toys, you should first measure the area you intend to place it in. Keeping these measurements and planning permission restrictions in mind, you can consult the product descriptions for frames you like to check whether the dimensions match up.

Any children's climbing frame needs to be anchored securely and sit on flat, solid, and even ground. There should be a safety perimeter of at least 2 metres all around, with no obstacles in this area. The surface underneath should be a shock-absorbing material, such as sand, bark chips, or grass.

Look out for vertical constraints like washing lines or overhanging tree branches before you build the climbing frame. These structures can take a lot of time and effort to dismantle and rebuild if you need to move them. Installing them in an unsuitable place can also invalidate the product warranty.


• Should I treat the wood on my climbing frame?

Wooden climbing frames are made with pre-treated timber to ensure that the structure is resistant to rot and mould, and immediately ready to assemble outdoors. However, weather exposure can reduce the preservative effects over time, so it’s a sensible idea to re-apply protective treatments.

You should only need to do this once a year, though you may prefer to treat the wooden climbing frame in autumn to fend off cold and wet winters, then again ahead of hot and humid summers. Seasonal temperature changes cause wood to expand and contract, which can result in cracks or splits if left untreated.

Sunlight can also bleach the colour of the wood, so you may want to use a tinted stain if you’d prefer to maintain a particular shade. Look for wood preserving varnishes that aren’t just waterproof topcoats – avoiding oils and waxes that can make the wood slippery and unsafe for children to climb on.


• How to maintain a wooden climbing frame?

As explained above, regular re-applications of wood preserver will maintain the water-repellent properties that prevent rot, insect infestation, and the wood drying out so much that it splits. Little cracks in the wood are normal, and shouldn’t affect the structural integrity of the climbing frame.

If you do notice mould or mildew on your wooden climbing frame, use a mild bleach solution or fungicidal treatment to target these areas. Bear in mind that these can strip away varnish and cause discolouration, as can pressure washing, so you may have to re-varnish and/or re-paint afterwards.

Keep children away from the climbing frame until it’s completely clean, dry, and safe. Always check that every part of the structure is working as it should before letting a child play on it. Look out for loose bolts and fittings, rusty metal mechanisms, and foreign objects on the frame or ground below.


• Are wooden climbing frames safe for children?

Yes, all wooden climbing frames that we provide at Wicken Toys are safe for children, with size and age limitations listed in the individual product descriptions. Always double-check that outdoor play equipment is the correct size for your child’s height and weight and appropriate for their age range.

Follow the assembly instructions included with the product carefully to ensure that you set up the climbing frame and secure it to the ground properly. Due to increased fall heights, there must be a shock-absorbing surface extending all around the wooden climbing frame for at least 2 metres.

Check the equipment every time your child wants to use it before allowing them to play on the structure, and supervise them the whole time. If you notice splinters or rough patches on your wooden climbing frame, sand them down and re-seal and/or re-paint the wooden beams first.


• How long do wooden climbing frames last?

A well-kept wooden climbing frame should last for at least 10 years, staying safe and functional for most of your kid’s childhood. The wooden frames are made using sturdy and durable timber so they can survive consistent exposure to the elements, as the climbing frame will be located outdoors.

To ensure that your child’s wooden climbing frame stays in good condition for as long as possible, you should stay on top of maintenance checks and treatments. Read the FAQs above for more information on where to position the frame, how to treat the wood, and which checks to carry out.

Don’t forget that metal and plastic parts need looking after, too – not just the wooden frame. You should clean these parts whenever you notice them getting dirty to prevent them from rusting. Similarly, if a swing makes a squeaking noise when your child uses it, you should lubricate the hooks.


• Can I paint my child's wooden climbing frame?

Just as you can paint a wooden playhouse, you can paint a wooden climbing frame if you want to. The range of wooden climbing frames at Wicken Toys are made of pre-treated natural wood, which provides a blank canvas for you decorate however you choose – whether this is with stains or paints.

You could stain the wood a different colour, while still keeping it natural, or paint the structure in your child’s favourite colour. Whichever style you choose, only use non-toxic stains and paints. To achieve a long-lasting colour, you’ll need water-based paint and undercoat specifically for exteriors.

Clean the surfaces where possible and smooth down any splinters with sandpaper before painting. Apply the undercoat first and allow it to dry before applying the first coat of paint. Allow this to dry before applying the second coat – if the colour isn’t solid enough, you may have to add another coat.


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