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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!


New Forest Holiday Cottages Installation

As the weather improves and we start to put that long winter of rain, snow and wind behind us, orders for our Langley Premium Play range of solid timber play equipment are flooding in!

Offering complete stability and rigidity, as well as a very aesthetically pleasing appearance, the Langley Play Fort is a very popular choice for customers looking for a high quality climbing frame and play structure that doesn’t dominate the garden but will keep the family entertained for years and years with the peace of mind that it is strong enough to cope with all ages. Many customers report their Langley play equipment being used by all members of the family from toddlers to teenagers and grandchildren to grandparents!

It is this peace of mind that encouraged a recent customer of ours to order a Langley Play Fort with slide and sandpit to be installed in the grounds of their holiday cottages business in the New Forest as shown below.

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Hucklesbrook Farm New Forest Holiday Cottages ( are located near Fordingbridge in Hampshire on the edge of the New Forest and have 3 beautifully refurbished holiday cottages available for short breaks or longer holidays with easy access to Salisbury, the beaches of the South Coast and, of course, the New Forest itself. A real favourite with walkers and cyclists, Hucklesbrook Farm is now even more well equipped for family guests as the new Langley Play Fort joins the already very popular Langley Swing Frame in the grounds of the farm and together they will provide plenty of activity for the kids while you put your feet up after a hard days walking!

Here’s what Clive and Debbie, the owners of Hucklesbrook Holiday Cottages thought of the Langley Play Fort:

“We’ve just brought a Langley play fort and sandpit, and it’s brilliant. It’s for families and young children who stay in our new forest holiday cottages at Hucklesbrook farm. It has been a great success, being very popular with children and parents alike. Our guests come back year on year, and the activities provided by the active toy company make a great addition to our holiday experience, being outdoors and in the fresh air is what the New Forest is all about! The customer service has been excellent and we would highly recommend the active toy company to both families and holiday destinations.”

So, why not treat yourself to a nice break in the stunning New Forest and try out the Langley Play Fort while you’re at it?! If you’d like to see what else we at the Active Toy Company do, have a look at or you are very welcome to come to our display site and shop just off the M4 and A34 north of Newbury where we have lots of climbing frames, swings, slides, trampolines, playhouses and much more on display for your children to try out before you buy them! And with our bespoke design service, we can design and build exactly what you want in your garden.


So, after that long, hard winter there is no better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring than a holiday in New Forest at Hucklesbrook Farm followed by adding a Langley Play Fort to your garden to keep the kids active and healthy all year round!

You can contact Hucklesbrrok Farm on 01425 653180 or

And the Active Toy Co on 01635 248683 or

From factory to front door!

We have just received another container load of Little Tikes toys in to our warehouse so we now have good stock of most Little Tikes products ready for dispatch direct to our customers all over the UK.

Unlike many toys these days, the majority of Little Tikes toys are not manufactured in China. We receive regular deliveries of Little Tikes toys in 45′ shipping containers which come direct from the Little Tikes factory in Poland and we thought it would be interesting to give a quick summary of the journey that your Little Tikes products have been on to get to your door and ready for playtime!

Click here to see all the Little Tikes toys we are selling and what great prices we are offering at the moment!

But hurry, they are selling fast as Spring is on it’s way at last!


The Little Tikes Journey

Step 1

They are loaded at the Little Tikes factory in to large steel container boxes and taken by road to a port in Poland where they are loaded on to a large container ship and sailed to a UK port ready for the next leg of it’s journey.


Step 2

Once the ship has docked the containers are lifted off with a large crane and attached to a lorry which then drives the container of Little Tikes toys by road to our warehouse.

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Step 3

Once it arrives at our warehouse, we then unload all the Little Tikes toys by hand and store them until each Little Tikes product begins it’s next journey…

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Step 4

… to the customer’s house either in their car or one of our vans or by courier!

Home delivery 'now a very important part' of Nightfreight's business

So, there it is – when your Little Tikes toys arrive at your door you will know where they have come from – quite nice to know when the news is full of mysterious tales of the contents of our processed foods!

As we receive regular container deliveries, we manage to maintain good stock levels through most of the year. Unlike many of our competitors, we prefer to hold the stock in our warehouse so we can offer a fast and reliable delivery service rather than rely on the Little Tikes home delivery service which, in our experience, is a bit hit and miss and regularly encounters delays, damages and delivery problems. 

So, when you order from us you can be sure that you will get the goods when you want them and without unexpected problems.

However, if the product you are after is out of stock our website will tell you how long to wait until it is back in stock. You can then pre-order and reserve your product and we will send it straight to you when it comes in to stock. Also, if there is a particular Little Tikes toy you are after and can’t see it on our website contact us and we will do our best to get one for you!

Click here to go to our website and see our full range of playhouses,  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!

Ex-demo Swings, Climbing Frames and Trampolines

As one of the few remaining companies offering a genuine ‘try before you buy’ display site for outdoor toys we are proud of the great variety of play equipment we have on display in a garden setting – all available for you to try before you buy!


We believe that, as well as having some of the most competitive prices on the internet, it is important that our customers can see, touch, feel and try a product* before they part with their hard-earned cash to buy it.

Afterall, you can look at hundreds of online photos, videos, diagrams and pages of text about a product but nothing actually beats standing in front of a wooden climbing frame, trampoline or garden swing giving it a good once over to get a real idea of the size, scale, dimensions and quality of it.

On top of this, you can quiz a real human being face to face about the products who will share their knowledge and experience with you to make sure you get the right climbing frame, trampoline or garden swing frame for your situation.

We only sell products which are built to last and we make no bones about it – some of our products are a lot of money. But when you consider the amount of fun, laughter, exercise, entertainment and good old fashioned memories you and your children will get from them for years and years to come, it will seem like a very good purchase indeed. See our testimonials page to see what our customer say about us and our products.

“Just to say thank you for the sturdy Langley double swing we bought from you a couple of years ago – it is doing sterling service – very much enjoyed by young (and old – including this grandmother!). So, well done and I hope you go from strength to strength!”

So, we have a large display and we welcome people to try before they buy and as a consequence we often have ex-demo outdoor toys for sale as we rotate the display products to keep the most up to date products on show looking fresh and new.

We sell off these ex-demo products at various times of year but a ‘pre-season’ sale is a favourite as we clear the decks and install a new selection of swings, climbing frames and trampolines for the coming busy Spring/Summer season.

And now is the time for a ‘Pre-season sale’. Although your thoughts may not be on garden toys while the snow is still falling, it is a chance to pick up some superb bargains ready for the kids to get outside and enjoy when the weather does finally improve (next week I’ve been told!).

Our usual ex-demo discount is 25% off our normal selling price (not the RRP which is a lot higher) and some of the products have even more discount if you’re quick. Most products are not more than 2 seasons old and any outstanding warranties and guarantees are still applicable.

The main stipulations are that the sale is strictly ‘first come first served’ and ‘sold as seen’ – so you must come and look, touch and try the products before buying them. Also, we can then discuss the logistics of moving it from our display to your garden. We try to limit any dis-assembly and subsequent re-assembly and, subject to access at your end , we can move the majority of products part-assembled saving you both time and money.

Here is an example of the savings on offer and more are shown here:

TP Castlewood Tower, Crazy Wavy Slide and Double Swing Arm with two deluxe swing seats

Usually £519.99

Ex-demo price £389.99Saving 25% or £130!

(Plus you won’t have to build it from scratch!)

Our ex-demo page can be found by clicking here which shows a selection of what is available.

If you are interested in any ex-demo products please call us on 01635 248683 to discuss their availability and your requirements. If we don’t have it available as ex-demo we do have some very good new package prices which may also be worth considering … click here to go to our homepage 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!

(* Please call before visiting to try a specific product – we do not guarantee to have all products on display all of the time!)

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

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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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