Climbing Frames

In an age where children are bombarded with electronic entertainment, it can sometimes be easy to overlook the benefits that come with traditional playground activities.

Our Climbing Frames

Our ranges include both wooden and metal multi-play units that have been designed for climbing, with the aim of giving children a variety of ways to climb. The units range in size and difficulty, with climbing walls, nets, hoop and rope climbers all on one piece of equipment, helping children get the most out of their play experience. Below is a small selection of multi-play units:

Target Climbing Frame – Like its name Target has a centre to aim for, it’s a climbing frame that consists of a maze of random platforms at different heights and designed for older children ages 6-12 years. Compact in design, it is ideal for smaller spaces and  incorporates our exhilarating curved banister rails, spin pole and challenging ‘V’ net climber. Making it to the centre, there are spaces to stand or sit and rest a while before taking a route down to the ground. See more here

Scramble & Slide Climber – Our most popular inclusive play, climbing frame unit has a drag ramp, inclusive scramble net and steps that allow children of all abilities to climb and play together. Once up high at the top of the unit, there is a large 1.4m wide deck and a 1.2m high slide to get back to the ground. With the slide having a 'U' shape chute, children slide securely down the centre increasing the speed and the fun! A raised start section at the top and the one-sided open run-out section at the bottom ease transfer, and allow helpers to give side support. See more here

Orchard Ship Climbing Frame – Many sailing activities are ideally suited for play equipment due to the social interaction and co-operation required to get the most out of the kit. This climbing frame includes look out points, a slide, megaphone and sloped climbing wall, to encourage children to use their imagination when playing. See more here

Schools Climber – From our Playzone range this climbing frame unit is designed for Primary (KS1) pupils, is also well suited for unsupervised play areas. Featuring rungs, pole climb and ladder rope, and suitable for children aged 4 – 10 years. See more here

Climbing Wall (Trim Trail) – Useful to help create different courses and circuits of varying sizes for a trail that delivers excitement and can be physically challenging. Our climbing wall can also be used on it's own to add challenge to a play space.  Activities include traversing, balancing, climbing and sporting activities. See more here

Starter Climbing Frame – A smaller unit for children aged 3 – 8 years, it has a height limit of 1.2m, featuring a hoop climber, a simple ladder and scramble net. See more here

Daffodil Climber – As part of our Toddlerzone+ range for ages 2- 6 years, this climbing frame is designed to reflect a natural theme with a natural colour palette and themes and motifs that reflect the natural world. It takes the form of a gently ascending trio of platforms (0.9m, 1.05m & 1.2m) with access points at either end to enable movement flow across the unit. It comprises of an inclined climbing ramp, climbing blocks, an inclined rope net and slide. The space under the deck is utilising multi level play opportunities by incorporating a tunnel and a seat under higher decks. See more here

Two In One Climber – This is our best-selling standard climbing frame unit, partly because it is in effect two units in one. It spans a wide age range from 4-10 years, with a younger section comprising of a ladder and slide or fireman's pole, and a more challenging area for older ones. Featuring a pull-up ramp, a vertical net and a pole climb, a hand-over-hand acts as a child filter between the two areas. Being square it's compact shape means more play value and less surfacing. See more here

Mountain Climbing Frame – Complete with a 2.4m high slide this unit is a high climber for 6-10 years. Scaling to the top brings an extra level of fun and exhilaration for little adventurers when getting back down to ground level. See more here

Spider Climbing Frame – With legs that extend in all directions to emulate the look of a spider, each ‘leg’ provides children with a different challenge to master, perfect for working together to develop social and physical skills. See more here

Boat Climber – A subtly themed climbing frame unit from our Toddler range with boat/ship elements to encourage imaginative games. A number of 'sailing' activities enable co-operation and social interaction.  See more here

Quality manufacturing

All our playground equipment – including climbing frames - is designed to the highest possible standard and independently tested to British and European Safety measures

Here at Sutcliffe Play we are employee-owned, each colleague has a vested interest in the quality of our equipment, meaning that we will always strive to uphold the very highest standards in playground manufacturing and installation.

Being the UK’s first employee-owned playground equipment manufacturer gives us a unique position within the marketplace, with a culture that is based around transparency, responsibility and sustainability. Our ethos is to work as a team, be honest, remain one step ahead of the competition, and above all to always demonstrate commitment to our customers, making us perfectly placed to work with you in developing a playground that works for children and the community.

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Benefits of Climbing Frames

There are a multitude of benefits for children given access to good quality climbing equipment that enables them to explore their surroundings and, ultimately, challenge themselves.

As children, some of our first experiences of interactive play come when we explore a playground, with climbing frames being our first foray into adventure and exploration.

The climbing frame, sometimes referred to as a ‘jungle gym’ or ‘monkey bars’, typically features a combination of pipes, ropes or other components designed to allow children to explore and play, while providing an element of exhilaration, with opportunities to climb or hang from the equipment.

For playgrounds, the climbing frame opens a whole realm of possibilities, the design can be anything from large scale and elaborate geometric shapes, to basic small framed units from which children can swing……with a whole host of designs and sizes in between!

Through the decades – and as far back as the 1930s – climbing equipment has been a staple of playgrounds whether at home, school, or in the local community, giving children of all ages and abilities a place to be challenged, play, and learn together.


Strategic thinking and creative play – as children explore climbing equipment, they are pushed to use all their mental agility to work out a way to reach the top – or to climb back down – meaning that they are consistently faced with challenges that they need to overcome. This form of mental stimulation is hugely important as a child’s brain develops, and they learn how to use this mental agility to tackle a variety of day-to-day challenges such as navigation, problem-solving and using their imagination in play activities with other children.

Understanding risk – there will be many instances as a child grows where they may not necessarily have a parent or guardian to guide them or catch them as they fall. When children can explore and climb freely, it presents them with the perfect opportunity to develop their understanding of risk and equips them with the ability to assess everyday risks for themselves. This is hugely important for young children.

Health & fitness – climbing not only acts as a form of cardio-vascular exercise. It also enables children to expend energy, develop their muscles through a combination of climbing, pulling and lifting, and to gain a better understanding of how their body moves. This understanding of movement is a hugely useful tool that can be put into use during everyday life, whether playing sports at school, dressing themselves, or developing the motor skills to improve their writing.

Inclusive play – it is our firm belief that every child should have equal access to play, and we work hard to make this belief a reality through everything that we do. All our climbing equipment is created with inclusivity in mind, enabling children from all walks of life to enjoy the experience of climbing. Children of all capabilities can enjoy the challenges that come with using our climbing frames, and we have worked closely with experts in discrimination, disability, special needs, access and inclusion to ensure that we deliver.


We are proud of the fact that we have created several opportunities for children of all abilities to benefit from play in high quality, stimulating, and exciting environments.