Opening in May 2019
Find out more about our new interactive playground...
Enjoy the first look at our designs for our new play area. 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, which will be unveiled this Spring.
Part of creating one the region’s leading retail destination is ensuring there’s entertainment for the whole family. Our new ‘Garden of England’ playground will play a major role in providing an exceptional guest experience and the perfect day out, alongside 50 new brands, a new food piazza and Europe’s largest living wall. We have some exciting initiatives planned to launch our new playground in 2019 and we’re looking forward to sharing more information on this over the coming months
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.