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Outdoor Play with Wooden Climbing Frames

Wooden Climbing Frames promote the benefits of outdoor play

In these hi-tech days of Xbox’s, iPad’s and laptops it is all too easy for children to spend the majority of their free time indoors and glued to an electronic device of some sort. While there are clearly benefits of children being accustomed to using the hi-tech tools of the 21st century, it is equally important not to ignore the huge importance of good old-fashioned outdoor play.

Play England is a great charity which is spreading the word that play is crucial for kids and should be promoted and encouraged wherever possible.

Click here to see why play is so important.

Simply put on their website –

‘Playing outdoors is great for health, for building confidence and resilience, for making friends and building connections to the community. It’s also a crucial part of a happy childhood.’

We couldn’t agree more and that is why we have been designing, selling and building top quality wooden outdoor toys for over 22 years.

Houtland Wooden Climbing Frame

Houtland wooden climbing frame and slide

One of the best ways to encourage outdoor play and see the benefits that come with it is by installing a wooden climbing frame in your garden. Then there’s no need for a family excursion to the park trying to keep yourself warm while supervising them amongst the crowds of kids of all ages and abilities – just open the back door and leave them to it while you keep an eye on them from the warmth of your own kitchen! Basically, to get the real long term benefits of outdoor play it needs to be easily accessible.

With a wide range of wooden climbing frames to choose from, we have something to suit all sizes of garden and budget. From a compact wooden play tower to a large bespoke designed wooden play structure we can supply it all and, if the building and installation isn’t for you, we can do that too.

 Wooden climbing frames have increased hugely in popularity over the last decade as the designs and materials have improved resulting in very aesthetically pleasing and durable play structures which can cater for the needs of a wide age range.

The Active Toy Co is the exclusive importer of Houtland climbing frames, a well-known European brand of good quality and reasonably priced wooden climbing frames and swings which all sit at ground level and are suitable for children aged up to 12-13 yrs old.

TP Castlewood wooden climbing frame

TP Castlewood Tower with slide and swing arm

We also sell TP Climbing frames which offer 2 main designs – the Castlewood and the Kingswood – and also sit at ground level and suit ages up to 12 – 13.

The Castlewood is ideal for the smaller gardens as it has a very compact footprint whilst still offering lots of play value and will blend nicely into all gardens. The Kingswood is a larger structure with more play space and higher platforms which will certainly keep the older children entertained.

Our own Langley Range of solid timber play equipment was designed in house and offers a flexible, modular system which allows the customer to buy their wooden climbing frames in 3 distinct ways –

1.       Packages – we have several pre-configured packages which consist of the most popular combinations of elements, for example the Langley Play Fort and Double Swing Arm. Quick and easy to order.

Langley Sky Fort wooden climbing frame

Langley Sky Fort climbing frame with turbo slide and lots of accessories

2.       DIY design – the customer chooses a number of different elements and, with design advice from us, comes up with a layout that suits them. A bit more involved but very flexible.

          Bespoke design – following a site visit and a brief from the customer we design and construct a unique play structure to suit the site and customer requirements. The possibilities are endless!

Langley bespoke wooden climbing frame

Bespoke designed play structure built round trees

All Langley Climbing frames are concreted into the ground to provide considerable stability while also improving the aesthetics (fewer ugly support braces etc!). Using pressure treated top quality timber and a wide range of accessories we have all the tools (literally!) to supply a wooden climbing frame for all situations.

Active Toy Co display site

Active Toy Co display of climbing frames, swings and trampolines

The best way to appreciate the differences between these climbing frames is by seeing them in the flesh and letting the kids try them all out. That’s why we are one of the few companies left offering a full ‘try before you buy’ opportunity at our shop and display site on our farm near Newbury where you can let the kids loose and see what they get the most out of whilst picking our brains on the pros and cons of each climbing frame. If you can’t make it to us, we can arrange a site visit to see your garden and discuss options and we can offer lots of help and advice over the phone – we have many years of experience at hand to make sure you choose the right climbing frame for your garden!

A recent email testimonial from one of happy customers says it all!

“After some research, we decided to go with Active Toy Company for a climbing frame for our young children.  It turned out to be absolutely the right choice.  From our initial visit through to our purchase and installation, they provided an exceptionally high quality, professional and friendly service.  Perhaps because it’s family-run, they seem to make it their business to understand what you are looking for and how you can make it work best for your children within your budget.  Our kids love their play equipment and are out in the garden for hours on end.  We could not recommend them highly enough!”  Mr and Mrs P, Crowthorne, Berkshire.

So, go to our website, visit our shop and display or give us a call on 01635 248683 to discuss your wooden climbing frame requirements and soon the kids will ditch the Xbox or iPad and will be playing outdoors instead!


Wooden Garden Swing Installations

A Busy Summer Of Garden Swing installations

Here at the The Active Toy Co we pride ourselves on supplying top quality garden swing frames for use by all the family from the youngest of grandchildren up to the more ‘senior’ of Grandparents!

Double wooden swing frame with swing seat and baby seat

Double wooden swing frame with swing seat and baby seat

But as well as delivering these lovely wooden swing frames all over the country for DIYinstallation, we offer a specialist garden swing installation service when you can leave everything to us and have all the enjoyment of the swing frame without the hassle of assembling and installing it.

Expert wooden swing frame installation

Fast, safe and convenient installation services from the Active Toy Co

We dig the holes, build the swing frame, supply and mix the concrete, attach the swing seats and replace the turf so you don’t have to. And we have had a very busy summer doing just that.

From Cornwall to Kent and West Sussex to West Yorkshire we have installed our Langley Swing Frames in all kinds of gardens but all to the same high standards that come with all Active Toy Co products and services.

And our customers seem to agree –

Dear Active Toy Co,

I simply love your company. The care and attention to detail shown by all staff is second to none. Your team always ensure I choose the right product. Garden swings, climbing frames and trampolines are a big investment and you want them, not only to last in terms of the British weather, but also in terms of the ongoing enjoyment of your children.  

You always exceed expectations.

Many thanks

Mrs H, Newbury, Berkshire.

It is this attention to detail which makes our Langley Swing Frames stand out from the crowd and why we believe they are the best wooden swing frames on the domestic market today. The swing frames are concreted into the ground which not only provides superb stability and rigidity but also reduces the footprint of the swing frame on the ground meaning they can fit in to smaller gardens without dominating them. The upright legs of the swing frame are 4” thick while the top bars are 5” in diameter and we don’t use any ugly brackets where the uprights meet the top bar. As this is the section of the swing frame that takes the most strain we feel it must not be compromised by a rust-prone metal bracket.

Langley swing frame A frame joint close up

Langley swing frame A frame close up

Our upright A frames are scalloped and bolted together to produce a ‘V’ in which the top bar sits and is securely fixed with large coach screws.

Some durable but simple to use swing eye bolts complete the swing frame and make it easy to attach the wide range of swing seats we offer.

Many customers buy a selection of seats and rotate them to keep the children challenged and entertained and obviously as the children grow up they will need different types of seat.

Also, when the children are not using the swing frame, many parents enjoy relaxing with a glass of wine on a Louisiana Rocking Seat!

Wooden Swing frame with Louisiana rocking seat

Wooden Swing frame with Louisiana rocking seat

The result is a very attractive, solid and durable wooden garden swing frame which is suitable for use by both children and adults.

A 10 year guarantee demonstrates our confidence in the quality of the timber used which is FSC registered, responsibly sourced and pressure treated to the core. This means no further treatment is needed over the life of the timber and its colour will weather over time and blend beautifully in to any garden setting.

So, click here to visit the main website and browse our range of products or contact us to discuss your needs further.

Great Winter deals on TP Garden Swing Frames!

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Struggling to come up with a good Christmas present for the kids which will keep them active, entertained and happy for hours and hours without breaking the bank?

Well look no further!

The classic garden swing frame is a sure-fire winner with the children and now it will be a winner with the parents or grandparents too as we have launched some superb deals on garden swing frames from TP Toys.

The TP Kingfisher metal swing frame can be used at a low height for the younger kids and then it extends upwards as they grow. All the necessary parts are included in the package which is now only £31.20, saving 20%! A flat swing seat is included in the price and there are lots of other baby and toddler seats to choose from if you need something for the younger ones. Suitable for ages 6 months up to 12 years.

TP37 Kingfisher Swing Set TP999 Quadpod

The TP Giant Single swing frame is a much chunkier frame and is much higher too allowing for a better swing – ideal for all the little adrenaline junkies out there! The swing frame is now reduced by 10% to £103.50 and, again, you can add whichever seats and accessories you like. It is staked into the ground and, as with all TP products, has a lifetime guarantee against rust causing failure.


If you prefer the look of Wooden garden swing frames then the TP Forest Double Swing frame could be the swing frame for you! Carefully made in Britain from pressure treated, kiln dried, sustainably sourced Scandinavian redwood, this wooden swing frame has 2 swing seats included but you can add lots of other seats if you so wish. Reduced by 10% to £108, this is great value for a wooden swing frame which will last for years as well as blending nicely into your garden!

forestSo, there are 3 great children’s swing frames at very festive prices and in stock for fast delivery.

It can’t get much better than that I hear you say!

Well, it can. But only for 4 days.

Use the special Facebook and Twitter promo code TPfreedel to get free delivery on these 3 products as well as the discounted price! Enter the code at checkout before midnight on Sunday 9 December to save delivery charges ranging from £4.95 to £12.95.

We have limited stock so when its gone its gone!

Click here to go to our website and see our full range of swings, climbing frames, trampolines, sandpits, slides and much more…!

Or see our contact us page and you can even speak to a real person on 01635 248683!

Flash Sale! 10% off all toys for this weekend only!

Yes, you read it correctly – 10% off everything on our website this weekend only!

That’s a further 10% off our current prices including some already reduced toys!


So, that’s everything from Swings to Climbing Frames, trampolines to playhouses and ride-on toys to dolls houses!

But this is not a flash sale for just anyone … oh no … this is a flash sale for just our online friends!

It’s our way of thanking all the Facebookers and Tweeters out there who have liked us or followed us (or both!). They now have the opportunity to pick up some great Christmas bargains this weekend – the 10% Flash sale will only apply on Saturday 1 December and Sunday 2 December. So make sure you bag yourself a bargain ASAP!

But let’s not be too secretive about this (it is nearly Christmas after all, a time for giving!) – feel free to spread the word and encourage friends and family to like and follow us in order to get the 10% off everything ordered online this weekend. We will be running some more product specific promotions in the run-up to Christmas and beyond so keep an eye out for those too!

And don’t forget – you will still get free delivery for all orders over £250 so why not get most of your Christmas shopping done in one easy (and cheap!) step!

But for now the promotion code you will need to enter at the checkout stage is: 10%flash

Click here to go to the Active Toy Co website.

Some of our best sellers –

Little Tikes Country Cottage – save £90 – was £299.99, now £209.99

plus a further 10% off in this weekend’s flash sale!


Little Tikes Police Patrol Car – save £10 – was £59.99, now £49.99

plus a further 10% off in this weekend’s flash sale!


Le Toy Van Sophies House Dolls House – save £20, was £104.99, now £84.99

plus a further 10% off in this weekend’s flash sale!


Jumpking Ovalpod Trampoline package 10′ x 15′ – save £80, was £499.99 , now £419.99

plus a further 10% off in this weekend’s flash sale!


Click here to go to our website and see our full range of swings, climbing frames, trampolines, sandpits, slides and much more…!

Or see our contact us page and you can even speak to a real person on 01635 248683!

Sleep well this Christmas

Everyone needs a good nights sleep, even more so at Christmas, and while the excesses of the festive period may well induce some nodding off in the older generation, the excitement of it all can have quite the opposite effect on the children!

One surefire way of getting the kids to bed on time is to treat them to a new bed. Not just any bed but a Little Tikes bed which will encourage their imagination to run wild as they drift off in to the land of zzz’s.

Choose from the Classic Little Tikes Roadster Toddler Bed which they can zoom off to sleep in…Little Tikes Bed

Or the Little Tikes Cozy Cottage Toddler Bed – ideal for any little Princess …

Little Tikes Bed

Or for all the Thomas fans out there … the Little Tikes Thomas the Tank Engine Toddler Bed

Little Tikes Bed

All our Little Tikes beds come complete with a comfy mattress and assembly is a lot more straightforward than some other well-known flat pack furniture suppliers…!

Also, unlike a lot of retailers who will take your order and then arrange for delivery to you direct from the Little Tikes factory in Poland (notoriously unreliable and can take 3 weeks or more), we have these beds (and most other Little Tikes toys!) in stock in our warehouse in Berkshire and can arrange for speedy delivery (next day if needed for just £4.95). Or, with some notice, you can collect it from our shop.

So, why not give the kids a great Christmas present while improving your chances of a good nights sleep and keep everyone happy?!

Be quick though – they are selling fast!

Click here to see more details on the beds.

Click here to go to our website and see our full range of swings, climbing frames, trampolines, sandpits, slides and much more…!

Or see our contact us page and you can even speak to a real person on 01635 248683!

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