Priory Park’s exciting nautical-themed playground has reopened this afternoon (Friday 19 July) in time for the start of the summer holidays. It follows a six-week refurbishment project to replace the 12 year old deteriorating equipment.
The popular Reigate play space is packed full of fun and challenging equipment, with something for children of all ages and abilities.
The centrepiece is the impressive new ‘The Grey Lady’ ship, complete with sails and a ship’s wheel. The vessel features a tube slide, balance bars, ladders, a climbing net, hammocks and sensory play panels, all set over two decks.
‘Priory Castle’, a four-tower climbing frame, features two types of slide, a bridge, climbing net and a spiral ‘curly climber’ designed for children aged 4 to 12. The smaller two-tier ‘Priory Gatehouse’, aimed at 2 to 6 year olds, includes a slide, climbing net, firemans’ pole and sensory play panels.
An exhilarating 25-metre double zip wire offers twice the fun as before, along with nine swings for a variety of ages, two types of climbing nets, a multi-seesaw with back supports, a wheelchair accessible roundabout, horse springers and spinners. The popular climbing wall and summer splash play remain and the overall layout and planting has not changed.
The design is multifunctional, with bold colours and a 360 degree design (accessible from all angles), which offers diverse play opportunities. It also has a greater sense of openness to make it easier for parents and carers to keep an eye on children of different ages using different parts of the playground, something users said they wanted.
The nautical theme fits with Priory Park’s unique identity and historic setting.
Cllr Mrs Natalie Bramhall, Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “With visitors from all over the borough and much further afield, 12 years of fun had taken its toll on the playground equipment which needed to be replaced if the playground was to remain safe and useable.
“We hope children and their parents and carers will love the new equipment and the countless opportunities it offers for imaginative play for years to come. We took a number of steps to make sure design is inclusive for the wide range of children using the park. The new equipment has been built to last and will also be easier and more cost effective to maintain.”
The Priory Park playground refurbishment is part of the Council’s rolling programme of investment in its parks and greenspaces around the borough. It saw play areas in Chipstead and Kingswood upgraded last year, with plans being developed to upgrade Merstham Recreation Ground in future.
The Strictly buzz is well and truly in the air! With the celebrity line up for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing finally confirmed and the names of its professional dancers revealed this week too, ballroom fever has been reawakened across the nation.
With millions of viewers each week, Strictly’s biggest stars have now achieved close to superstar status. With that, demand to see them performing live has meant many of your favourites are cha cha cha-ing out on tour – and Guildford’s G Live is delighted to welcome them to town over the coming months.
First up, two Ballroom legends, Ian Waite and Vincent Simone are preparing to dazzle on the G Live stage on Saturday 30 September in their new show The Ballroom Boys. Appearing alongside their professional dance partners they will perform signature dances such as the Waltz, Paso Doble and of course, the Argentine Tango. And mega-fans can even pick up VIP passes to meet the duo and maybe grab a selfie.
The popular entertainment venue on London Road, Guildford has also just announced a trio of Strictly wonderful shows for 2020, with the return of Anton Du Bec and Erin Boag in Anton and Erin Dance Those Magical Movies on Saturday 1 February; one of the show’s most exciting young stars, AJ Pritchard performing in AJ Live 2020 at G Live on Tuesday 17 March and the welcome return of everyone’s favourite, Kevin Clifton and sister, Joanne Clifton in Burn the Floor on Wednesday 1 April.
Anton and Erin, who were professionals on the very first season of Strictly, have waltzed into the hearts of their fans with timeless grace and elegance. Set to music from all your favourite films such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Singin’ in the Rain, Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, The Greatest Showman and Moulin Rouge, they plan to take you on a magical ballroom dancing journey as they glide across the floor with other worldly grace.
Meanwhile, AJ Pritchard will be lighting up the G Live stage with his high energy performance. Unleashing new choreography alongside his talented handpicked dancers, this exciting new show is sure to be a treat for all AJ’s mega-fans and one that all the family can enjoy.
April sees the return of a fiery production, as Kevin Clifton, a confirmed professional dancer on this year’s Strictly, and his sisterJoanne Clifton, a Strictly star herself, are ready to wow the crowds in their show Burn the Floor which will return to the G Live stage by popular demand.
But it’s not just the professional dancers to look forward to at G Live, as comedian and confirmed contestant on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing line-up, Chris Ramsey will make a very welcome return to Guildford with a brand new stand-up show next May that is already selling fast.
More information and tickets to all of these productions, and many more can be found online at www.GLive.co.uk or purchased via the G Live Ticket Office on 01483 369350. But please book early to avoid missing out!