When I first visited the helicopter playground at Halton camp nr Wendover I hadn’t intended to write a review immediately. It was a bit early in the year at the time but 1) This is an amazing park 2) It has that really soft sponge-like flooring so it doesn’t get muddy. If it’s dry on the day then you’re good to go. We’ve been back again (in January) and, despite there having been tons of rain recently it’s mud free. Perfect! One thing to bear in mind, it’s quite exposed up there. I was bloody freezing and ended up wrapped in a blanket from the car as well as my coat.
PS – there’s another, excellent playground nearby known as the Pirate park. You can read that review here. This one is also very cool, but I think the helicopter park is a bit better.
How to find the helicopter playground
I found this park by a random google maps spot – it’s fairly obvious on the map and I had to check it out. We accessed it via Whittingham Avenue, and drove past a lovely little playground but I knew there was more to come….
It looks like you’re going to wrong way because you come to a dead end and it is a bit hidden but, trust me, it’s there. There is a little car park just off of Cruickshank Drive. The playground is set within a larger green space and it looks like it’s quite popular with dog walkers.
What equipment is there?
This park is soooooo cool. It’s on MoD land / maintained by the MoD according to the sign so it’s suitably themed. It’s a big park with plenty of seating so you can easily set up camp there for a while. There are two helicopter play frames. The blue one is for older kids and the red one is for younger ones. That said, Smallest Child was more than capable of playing on the bigger frame, she just avoided the bridge.
There’s also swings, see-saw, roundabout thingy, climbing net, stepping stones and more. In one of the corners there’s a dangly, spinny thing. It’s hard for the kids to get onto, but once you lift them up they love it! You’ll also find what I’m dubbing a hamster wheel. Climb in and you can make it spin by crawling. Or other people can spin you round and you end up on your head. The choice is yours! The helicopter playground at Halton / Wendover has to be one of my favourites, it’s so imaginative.
How well maintained is it?
The equipment is well maintained and clean (helped by the flooring). It’s really well thought out and the equipment is good for a wide range of ages. There’s a sports court too, but it’s not locked so you don’t need to book it.
The only negative is that the recent weather seems to have take its toll on the fencing. There are several sections where the fence has collapsed. You can see one section has recently been replaced so I’m assuming it’s currently a work-in-progress.
Have a look at all of the photos in this video, but I think we’re going to be spending a LOT of time here over the summer. TBH I don’t think it’s just the kids that are going to be playing on that frame!
Is the helicopter playground in Halton camp or Wendover??
If you live locally and know the “proper” name for this park then please let me know. Also, it’s on the border between Halton and Wendover, just off the new estate. I’m not 100% sure of the boundaries. I’ve described the helicopter park as being on Halton Camp not Wendover because that’s what Google Maps says. If this is wrong please let me know and I’ll amend it. Thank you.
Parking / How to get there
Parking – Free and on-site.
Address – off Cruickshank Drive, Halton Camp, HP22 5FD. Check out the directions above
None. Nearest public toilets are probably in Wendover Library car park.
Our Review of the helicopter playground at Halton, Wendover
5 / 5 – This place is incredible. It’s great for all weathers, has some very cool kit and has parking. Just wrap up warm if it’s a windy day!!
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