Ashford Designer Outlet opens playground

by Sam Williams

A new state of the art children's play area is now open.

The £400,000 Garden of England themed playground can be found at the Ashford Designer Outlet, off Kimberley Way.

It features a seven-metre high Robinia tree house - one of the UK’s tallest of its kind - a slide, climbing frames and see-saws.

Children from John Wallis school were the first to test the new play park
Children from John Wallis school were the first to test the new play park

The digitally-enhanced playground will also feature immersive augmented reality play experiences from Hans Christian Anderson.

It will have space for more than 200 children to play at one time.

The play park has opened in time for half term
The play park has opened in time for half term

Peter Corr, centre manager, said: “We are thrilled to have launched our hugely anticipated children’s playground.

"It has been fantastic to see the smiles on the children’s faces as they explored the equipment.

"We hope the new playground delights our little visitors for years to come, as guests experience the family friendly offering available."

The play area cost £400,000
The play area cost £400,000

The playground is part of the Ashford Designer Outlet's £90m expansion plans.

Fifty new shops will be added to the centre's offer, plus new restaurants, an event space and more car parking spaces.

Work is currently underway to add an additional 100,000 sq ft of retail space - which will also create 50 jobs.

This month two new eateries opened at the centre, including a YO! Sushi and a Pret.

To celebrate the launch of the new playground children who visit the centre between May 27-31 will be able to enjoy a butterfly colouring workshops, where they can discover more about the local wildlife that inspired the Garden of England themed playground.

Located next to the playground, the free workshops will run throughout the half term from 11.30am-3pm in partnership with the Kent Wildlife Trust.

  • For more suggestions of things to do across Kent during the half term break please see here.

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