We're excited to announce our new playground is now open. The digitally-enhanced playground will feature immersive augmented reality play experiences and include one of the UK’s tallest open space Robinia tree house towers.
Designed and installed by Kompan, Europe’s largest provider of outdoor play equipment, the new playground has been customised to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience for our younger visitors, featuring a bespoke ‘Garden of England’ theme.
The SMART Playground’s innovative technology means that through QR codes placed on the playground equipment – or via the Apple or Android App Store – children can download the Hans Christian Andersen Play Gate app.
When the app is opened children will enjoy digital versions of their favourite fairy tales, sparking their imaginations and opening the door for themed play. With augmented reality, The Play Gate app also allows fairy tale characters to 'magically' appears on the playground, where adults can encourage children to interact with the character and promote role play in the playground.
The ‘Garden of England’ theme will be further brought to life through bright flowers and butterflies, giant grass blades and an abundance of greenery, benefitting the health and wellness of children and forming a natural extension of the Living Wall.
The new playground delivers a world-class play space for children of all abilities and includes wheelchair accessible equipment to ensure every child has equal access to the best play opportunities. Through our expansion we will also be introducing more disabled and family car parking spaces, as well as a Changing Places Facility, to ensure all guests enjoy an excellent experience when visiting us.
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Guest Experience Recruitment Day
Apply now to join us for our Guest Experience Recruitment Day on 23rd July 2019
27th - 28th July
We are partnering with Guide Dogs Ashford, to host our first ever Handbag Amnesty; and we would love for you to get involved! Donate a handbag to the Amnesty from 15th - 26th July and receive amazing savings at participating brands, then visit our pop-up shop on 27th - 28th July when the charity will be selling the pre-loved bags. Plus, purchase a raffle ticket and you could win a brand new Paul Costelloe handbag worth £250, with all proceeds going to Guide Dogs Ashford. Discover how to get involved, and help us raise funds!