Play Until the Cows Come Home at Over Farm

Case Study

Over Farm, Gloucester

It’s not often we get an audience of ostriches keeping a beady eye on us when installing an exciting new play space.

But at Over Farm in rural Gloucester, our team worked alongside a field-full of these busy birds, plus their alpaca, donkey, pony and goat friends.

We relished the opportunity to introduce a world of farm-themed fun to this popular visitor attraction. It’s got a big thumbs-up from children of all ages, our client and, we reckon, the furry residents.

We were invited to work with Over Farm as recognised members of the National Farm Attractions Network.

Given a blank canvas – aka a muddy field – offered us the perfect opportunity to really go to town with our bespoke adventure play area design.

So we went the whole hog. The result is the Farm Yard playground, based entirely around the story of life on a working farm.

Curious children can clamber onto the big green tractor, via the tunnel wheel, and explore its role-play cab and steering wheel.

Or maybe they fancy a go on the big red combine, a unique piece designed for the site, with its integrated tunnel and unloader monkey hoops. Hopping off across the surface designed to look like a ploughed field, they can head for the climbing stack topped with carved wooden wheat sheafs.

Next, maybe a trip up one of the two connected silo towers with slides to whizz down the grain chute before heading to the farm cottage or shop for more role-play games. Plus there’s a mini version of Over Farm’s food market to fire up their imagination and spark memorable moments of play.

This bumper crop of play equipment is complemented by a 14-hole crazy golf course packed with putting challenges. Players find themselves facing tunnels, boulders, bridges and a hairy hairpin bend.

We also built a two-way hut at the start – and end – of the course for collecting clubs and balls, designed so only one member of staff needs to operate it.

The team were lucky to be installing when the attraction was closed to the public, so we made hay while the sun – sometimes – shone and got the job done with maximum efficiency. Ready for young visitors to have a field day!

Our client is thrilled with the results at Over Farm and so are we.