1) The Land
Brand new and shiney, Plas Madoc is a lovely junk playground full of awesome junk with a lovely landscape complete with mini stream. Children have taken to this space immediately, and both Maayan and I fell in love with the site. This was the only site where my awesome camera had battery, so we have some lovely pics:
What a lovely name that the local children have given this place.
Look at this fort - built all by themselves!
Lots and lots of interesting junk, scavenged by very skilled people!
And a stream! In an adventure playground! The children must love this place. I particularly like the den with "home" written on the side.
2) The Venture
We went from the newness of Plas Madoc to the established site of The Venture. It's a massive plot of land, just for children on the huge estate that it's in. Sadly my camera died at this point and I had to resort to the mobile phone camera. Not too worry though - it was amazing. Honestly - a huge boat was there, made of wood, a big castle that had an upstairs. Everywhere is linked together with wooden bridges and platforms, not to mention the zip wires that took children whizzing across the playground. It was amazing. I think I only have one good pic:
Many years of awesome playwork, right there.
3) The Valley
The lovely Colin Powell took us around both The Venture and The Valley. The Valley has been around for about 5 years - it's like the intermediate version of Plas Madoc and the Venture. I have to say, I really liked the feel of The Valley. It's not as big as the Venture, but there's something about it that makes it feel really welcoming and awesome. I have a couple of pictures of this:
A little pirate ship/boat.
Some of the buildings the staff and children made together.
I had a wonderful day, touring around adventure playgrounds from light til it was super dark. It was really exciting to see all the wonderful work happening in Wrexham, and I really wish I had a plot of land to make my own adventure playground. There's time though, and there's lots of more opportunities, especially over in the States. Maybe Pop-Up Adventure Play will set up our own Adventure Playground one day? Who knows!
Both Maayan and I had an awesome day! Hoorah for Adventure Playgrounds, and a big thumbs up to Wrexham! :)