Flag Ship Play Area


A key element of the  South Somerset’s District Council’s play strategy was to provide a Flag Ship Play Area for young families in Yeovil. This exciting new scheme, planned for the Yeovil Recreation ground, drew upon the latest developments in play provision and utilised the best practice to build a stimulating, challenging and safe facility. The Play Area is designed to develop youngsters’ confidence through improved physical, social and spatial skills. SSDC secured 50% of the capital cost from the Big Lottery Fund, and funds were made available from Yeovil Vision. The Flagship Playspace aims to inspire the imagination while engaging with the exciting world of nature. It will enhance the existing landscape and will has not resulted in loss of open space or any trees. It features an adventure theme to include a treetop walkway with rope bridges, net tunnels and climbings walls; skull and snake themed tunnel slides; shipwreck and an aerial runway/zipline; large sandpit; tyre swing and water play. Award winning landscape architects Craknell Ltd (previously known as Parklife) were appointed to assist with the consultation process and develop an innovative design for the site. Cracknell were selected for their proven track record of delivering innovative play environments across the country with local authorities. For young families in Yeovil this scheme means:
  • a distinctive and exciting new play environment close to further recreational facilities
  • easily accessible by foot, cycling or public transport
  • a new and attractive visitor destination for the Town
  • an exemplar of best practice

To ensure views were sought and taken into account when developing the design for the Flagship Playspace, the project team carried out a number of consultations during May and June 2008. Initial designs were launched at a Public Consultation August 20th. View the Flagship Playspace Initial Designs Aug 2008, and the  Flagship Playspace Final Design Brief July 2008 here. 

View the Flagship Playspace Final Masterplan here.

We would appreciate your thoughts on this play facility.   We welcome feedback about any of our projects if you would like to leave a comment please email us areasouth@southsomerset.gov.uk.

National Lottery

Start Date

Project Commenced

Public Consultation: May-June 2008. Initial Designs on show August 2008. Construction starts on site March 23rd 2009


August 19th.

An example of an innovative play structure




 Robert Parr, Senior Play & Youth Facilities Officer for SSDC said, "The Flagship Playspace is one of the most exciting projects emerging from SSDC's new Play Strategy. It will provide South Somerset and the surrounding area with a destination play venue that we hope children will benefit from and enjoy for generations to come. As a model of good practice we hope other play area providers in South Somerset will visit the site to gain knowledge and inspiration, which can be transferred to their communities and as a result the impact of this project should be felt far and wide." Right

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