School Playground Equipment

If you’re looking for school playground equipment for your local play area, primary school, or nursery, you’ve come to the right place.

As a family-run business based in Bedfordshire, Setter Play has been creating exciting playgrounds for schools, nurseries, and councils across our home county for more than 22 years. We’re confident we can provide a suitable solution for your new project.

So, why not get in touch to discuss your requirements with our team?


At Setter Play, we pride ourselves on designing, manufacturing, and installing beautifully crafted wooden outdoor play equipment.

We have a comprehensive range of school playground equipment available for children of all ages and abilities – including activity trails, swings, benches, treehouses, play castles, and canopies.

Our playground equipment allows youngsters to be creative and use their vivid imaginations. Aside from offering hours of endless fun for little ones, we can also create bespoke play equipment that helps students to learn through play – developing vital skills such as grip and grasp, balance, communication, and teamwork.

When you come to Setter Play for school playground equipment, you can also trust that it will reflect your surroundings well, whilst allowing children to feel happy and at home as they play and learn.


Whether your schoolyard is tired and outdated, you want to create outdoor classrooms for your pupils, or you’re simply looking to add a few new pieces of outdoor play equipment to make playtime more fun, the team at Setter Play can help.

Our school playground equipment can:

  • stimulate young minds
  • build confidence
  • develop social/interaction skills
  • prevent childhood obesity and improve physical wellbeing
  • promote imaginative play – encouraging creativity and curiosity
  • All of our outdoor playground equipment is custom-built. Not only does it instantly transform an otherwise boring school playground, but it also provides safe yet innovative outdoor learning environments for youngsters.


    Our range of wooden playground equipment is guaranteed to complement any setting – enhancing aesthetics and working towards a more sustainable environment. Wooden equipment also has a low carbon footprint and is priced suitably for all budgets, which allows you to spend school funding efficiently.

    Elemental play units, like Lumberjack, Fiddlesticks, and Jellywood, make an elegant yet natural addition to your playground. Featuring rope bridges, rock climbing walls, firefighter poles, and slides, they are carefully designed to accommodate the age and abilities of your students – encouraging imaginative play, as well as allowing them to explore and develop their physical strength.

    We take no shortcuts at Setter Play. All our school playground equipment is manufactured to the highest standard – giving parents and staff the peace of mind that children can play safely and creatively.

    With our free playground design service, our team of experienced designers incorporate all ideas into the design of your school playground and ensure the best possible result.


    If you have any questions about our outdoor playground equipment or need help choosing new school playground equipment, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re always on hand to guide and advise you.

    You can either give us a call on 01462 817 538 or email [email protected] and we'll be happy to help.

    Small Compact School Playground Slide - Setter Play Equipment UK

    Abstract - Interesting and Engaging Play

    Our abstract timber play units can be explored around the outside, up the inside, over the top and through the middle, challenging children to explore the three dimensional space the climbing frame occupies. There is no right or wrong way to play with our school playground equipment.

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    Bespoke Wooden Playground Slide & Equipment here at Setter Play

    Elemental - Natural play units

    We have returned to our origins of hand crafted timber based play units to provide an alternative to the manmade components such as aluminium, HDPE and steel that feature in other units in our range.

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    Wooden School Playground Slide from Setter Play

    Fundamental - Everyday play units

    Fundamental is our tried and tested range of school play equipment featuring favourite designs and activities produced from tough durable components.

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    Sports and Fitness Pitch from Setter Play UK

    Sports and Fitness

    Sport and fitness is an increasingly important part of primary school life, and Setter Play's sport and fitness designs and products are ideal for promoting a healthier lifestyle amongst young children. Setter Play design, manufacture and install Multi-use Game Areas, Sports Walls and Goal Ends that cater for a variety of different sports, including Football, Netball, Basketball, Hockey, Cricket, and Track and Field events. We also supply and install thermoplastic line markings, all-weather running tracks, sports walls and much more. We also offer the full service, offering the requisite groundworks, levelling, and installation.

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    Free-Form Climbing Frame

    Freeform - Non-prescriptive play

    Free-form, non-prescriptive climbing frames invite children to explore in any direction they like, with few fixed points to promote continuous movement and provide the perfect space to grow healthy and strong through play

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    Setter Play School Canopies and Shelters

    Canopies and Shelters

    From functional monopitch canopies, to graceful curved ones, Setter Play has 20 years' experience in providing pupils across the country with some all-weather accessible space and protection from the elements.

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    Our Playground Design Process

    We support you from start to finish with every aspect of your project

    Free initial consultation

    The first and most important step of our playground design process is the free initial consultation. During the consultation we will discuss your project, your ideas, your goals, budget and requirements so that we can plan & design a bespoke playground that you will be delighted with.

    Canopy Slide Frame from Setter Play
    Outdoor Wooden Play Equipment

    Project planning

    Once we have a full understanding of the scope and goals of your project, we begin thoroughly planning your new playground. During this stage we can advise on planning permission, funding options and safety & environmental considerations, as well as giving approximate timescales for each major milestone of the project.

    Childrens Outdoor Play Equipment

    Bespoke design

    Our design process is completely bespoke. After we have fully planned out your project our designers will get to work on on the design of the layout, equipment placement and overall look and feel of the playground and produce high quality CAD drawings.

    Custom made equipment

    Once the design is complete and you have approved it, we will begin the process of manufacturing the play equipment that we have specified using only the best quality, sustainably sourced materials in our own in house facility.

    Free initial consultation

    The first and most important step of our playground design process is the free initial consultation. During the consultation we will discuss your project, your ideas, your goals, budget and requirements so that we can plan & design a bespoke playground that you will be delighted with.

    Galleon Boat Playground Equipment

    Full support & aftercare

    As a family run business with over 20 years experience in the industry, we pride ourselves on our customer service and after sales support. We manufacture all of our play equipment in house to exacting standards using only the best materials, which is why we are proud to offer guarantees of up to 15 years on our products.

    We are always here to provide our advice and expertise to schools, local authorities, architects and other specifiers. Whatever you need, with our wealth of experience we are confident that we'll be able to assist. Get in touch with us for our honest, no obligation advice.

    Case Studies

    From the full design and installation of new playgrounds for schools and local authorities, to canopies and outdoor classrooms for community centres, if it involves play Setter have done it! Our case studies detail step by step how we have assisted with all aspects of playground planning, design and implementation from start to finish.

    Play Area completed in Warwickshire

    Holy Trinity Primary in Stratford-upon-Avon commissioned Setter Play to remove and dispose of their old climbing frame, which wasn't appropriate for their KS1 age group. In it's place they asked [...]

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    Teaching Canopy completed in Bedfordshire

    Pinecones Nursery in Bedford asked Setter Play to design and build a canopy to provide their pupils with an inviting space to take lessons and breaktimes outdoors. A sleek and [...]

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    Huge Play Project completed in Hertfordshire

    We were referred to Nash Mills Primary School by Mr. Weightman at Tudor Primary, who were considering a number of projects around their grounds, including an exciting new play scheme. [...]

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    Get in touch!!

    Whether you need a quote for a new public or private installation, advice on play equipment and funding available, or information and spec sheets for our products, we're always happy to help.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long should school playground equipment last?

    School playground equipment generally lasts 15 years from its installation date before it needs updating, but this can differ depending on the unit you select from our extensive range.

    Here at Setter Play, we manufacture all our playground equipment to the highest standard, from the best quality materials – guaranteed to last for many years to come. You can stretch the lifespan of your play equipment by arranging regular inspections to ensure it’s in great condition and more importantly, safe for children to use.

    During an inspection, a specialist will: Check bolts and screws and tighten them, if necessary

    • Check any ropes or chains to see if they’re still in good condition
    • Inspect plastic parts to see if there are any cracks
    • Look to see if there’s any rust on metal parts
    • Lubricate moving metal parts
    • Look for splintered, cracked or rotting wood and sand down any rough patches/replace rotten parts

    Here at Setter Play, we don’t just offer an expert playground equipment design and installation service – but we also provide regular equipment inspections, too!

    To find out more, or to book an inspection with our team, give us a call today on 01462 817 538!

    How often should school playground equipment be inspected?

    The safety of children doesn’t solely depend on the initial design of your new school playground. You need to make sure that it’s well-maintained. We recommend three types of inspection:

    • daily inspections – doing daily inspections yourself will help you keep track of any new signs of wear and tear. You should do this in the morning before children arrive and after break and lunch times, as well as after any rain to ensure it’s safe for students to use.
    • monthly inspections (more detailed) – monthly inspections are much more thorough, and you can arrange these with our team to keep an eye on the condition of your outdoor play unit.
    • annual inspection – at the very least, you should arrange an inspection once a year to make sure your equipment is still safe for use.

    Inspections will help to minimise your maintenance costs and keep your play equipment looking great for longer.

    How to choose school playground equipment?

    Before you jump in and create the coolest-looking play area – packed with fantastic equipment, take the time to weigh up all your options. School playgrounds aren’t just for fun. They help to develop vital communication and problem-solving skills from an early age, as well as fine motor skills. Make sure you take into consideration the age of your students, their abilities, the environment and your budget/funding.

    At Setter Play, we supply a range of wooden playground equipment, bespoke play units and playground classics, as well as sports and fitness facilities, canopies and shelters. Unsure which equipment to choose? Feel free to contact the team on 01462 817 538 and we’ll happily guide and advise you.

    At Setter Play, we supply a range of wooden playground equipment, bespoke play units and playground classics, as well as sports and fitness facilities, canopies and shelters.

    Unsure which equipment to choose? Feel free to contact the team on 01462 817 538 and we’ll happily guide and advise you.

    Do play units from Setter Play come with a guarantee?

    Yes. All of our wooden school playground equipment comes with a 15-year guarantee to ensure maximum life expectancy and to keep your maintenance costs to an absolute minimum. Our guarantee enables you to get the most out of your equipment and can be enjoyed by children for many years to come.

    Should anything go wrong with your school playground equipment, or team will come out to replace or repair your unit at no additional cost – so long as your unit is still under this fifteen-year guarantee.

    If you’ve got any questions or concerns about our play units or would like help designing new playground equipment for your school or public park, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts!

    Are there any maintenance requirements for your school playground equipment?

    Playgrounds are life-long learning environments. All findings from inspections should be recorded and maintained in a register, along with:

    • Site Plan
    • Full Equipment Details
    • Documentation of Planning and Development
    • Inspection and Maintenance Programmes
    • Action on Hazards

    These records should be reviewed regularly by management to demonstrate compliance with legal responsibility.

    For more guidance, familiarise yourself with the relevant local and national safety standards – such as British and European safety standards as they offer advice on equipment design, structure installation and maintenance to ensure a safe and accessible outdoor play environment for children.

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