Upton Country Park Adventure Play Project

  • An exciting new destination play area for a wide range of ages and abilities  
  • Another unique, free attraction for Upton Country Park!
  • Challenging equipment stimulating creative play and learning 


New this winter …

Thanks to a successful Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)* funding application submitted by the Friends of Upton Country Park we have an exciting new adventure play area coming soon!

The project will provide a unique, free experience for visitors, stimulating creative play with a strong focus on natural, heritage and environmental themes. Catering for a wide range of ages and abilities, the bespoke play equipment is designed to be challenging and educational.

Opening for October Half Term!

Work started on 23rd September 2019 and was due to take about 6 weeks; we’re pleased to say it is all going according to plan and we can open at the start of October half term break – on Saturday 26th October. 


Will there be any seating in the area?

Yes, picnic benches will be provided to complement the current seating available.

Will the Adventure Play have disabled access?

Yes, the design offers stimulating and challenging opportunities for all children in a natural setting. It is designed to be invisibly inclusive, letting barriers disappear and giving the chance for equal play opportunities. The design and equipment recognises the Inclusive Play ‘Plan Inclusive Play Areas’ assessment and will celebrate the six senses of inclusive play. 

Are dogs allowed in the play area?

The play area will be included within the ‘Dogs on Lead’ area of the estate and be monitored accordingly.

The adjacent shoreline fields location, to the south of the play area, will remain a ‘Dogs off Lead’ area. 

Will the completed play area be fenced off?

Initially a temporary fence will be erected along the shoreline field boundary to separate the ‘Dogs off Lead’ and ‘Dogs on Lead’ areas. This will be later replaced with a permanent metal estate-style fence, RADAR gate and native hedging.

The new natural play features will start near the Education Centre and meander through the trees to grassland close to the Shoreline Meadows, as indicated below:

*The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a locally set charge which can be applied to new development to help fund infrastructure projects required to accommodate growth. CIL can be used to fund a wide range of projects, including green infrastructure/open space and public realm improvements.

Total funding for this project is £230,000 made up of £192,000 CIL, plus £38,000 S106 Planning Obligations (Hamworthy West Ward & Upton Country Park).

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