IoG Saltex shows off all types of play - traditional, educational, fitness and challenging. Wicksteed tells us that a greater edginess is also now expected in outdoor play, where acceptable risk and natural tactile elements are big factors. On stand F01, it is showcasing the Tree House, Donkey Springie and Pick Up Sticks.
The ever increasing interest in outdoor fitness units has also prompted Caloo (B11) to put together a cardio-based exercise bundle suitable for wider community use and ages from seven upwards. With resistance being powered by user weight only, these multi-station units are designed for use by all abilities in a fun, social environment.
See whether you can score on a hole in one on Caloo's newest product - mini golf. The maintenance-free units feature a synthetic putting surface with bases manufactured from Resitec HD. The range is available in sets of six, nine, 12, 15 and 18 so you can hand pick your own choice of holes.
Following on from the musical Orbs at last year's show, Inclusive Play (B17) will launch a timber version developed with the Ecology Centre and a mini Orb that offers visual and sensory stimulation by rocking the tactile bowl. Also new is a wind-up talk post prototype called Buddy. The steel or timber units use secure wireless technology and a bit of arm power to allow children talk to a "buddy" up to 50m away.
"Breaking down social barriers for children with disabilities is crucial and this unit can go a long way to helping," says Inclusive Play managing director Jo Walton. The finished product will host an induction loop and is set at the optimum height for a wheelchair user.
Jupiter Play will have a striking display (B19) to demonstrate its product portfolio and celebrate the skills of its designers. Pride of place goes to the handcrafted Robinia and the architectural range from German manufacturer Conlastic - distributed exclusively by Jupiter. In contrast to the warm, natural properties of the FHS Robinia, the Conlastic range is made of high-quality steel, aesthetically designed with smooth lines and a clean finish.
Recently appointed Jupiter managing director Paul Hoenigmann says: "As always, we have chosen a quality product with a unique offering for which we are renowned. Our comprehensive portfolio with FHS, Conlastic and Inclusive Play and Proludic in the UK makes us best placed to offer our clients both inspiring design solutions and perfectly matched equipment."
Established in the UK in 2002, Proludic is one of the fastest growing play manufacturers. This is the eighth consecutive year it will have exhibited at IoG Saltex and this time has its biggest ever stand. As well as introducing its new design software, Virtual Worlds, Proludic is promoting the benefits of social fitness through its Vitality range. Centre stage, however, are new elements of the 2010 product concept Ludic'Area.
This is a multi-generational concept bringing adventure, challenge and fitness to entice the whole family. Featuring elements from Fantastic Cities, Vertical and Suspended World, the stand has a medieval theme to conjure up a world of imaginary play where knights fight dragons and princesses are rescued from towers.
Skater-owned and operated, ARC UK Skate Parks installs more than 200 facilities annually worldwide and is the only company to offer every skateboard park construction method available. ARC will be on stand H31.
The ActiveSport tile, an economic surface for sport and play indoors or out, will be launched by Tact Enviro (F02). Tiles used on display will be for sale at a 30 per cent discount at the end of the show.
CED's Gravelsafe is a well-rounded multicoloured granite pebble with natural roundness that works almost like a liquid when faced with the impact of an object. Intended for use where children jump or fall from climbable play equipment, Gravelsafe conforms to BS EN 1176 and can be seen on stand H15.
INDOOR SPORTS OUTDOORS
Want to show off your table tennis skills? Head for stand B11, where Caloo will be displaying its outdoor table tennis table. Designed and manufactured for external use, the waterproof and rot-proof tables feature a 60mm-thick Resitec HD surface. Three designs are offered, all with rounded corners, DDA accessibility and anti-glare and UV-stable properties.