The Plum Must-have Award Winning Swing Set!

The Plum Must-have Award Winning Swing Set!

It’s been a great year so far for Plum® and after winning over twenty awards for both Role Play and Outdoor Toy products we thought it was about time we started to shout about it. We want to pay homage to one of our favourite products that’s seen huge success across the toy award shows in 2016.

Picking up seven awards so far in 2016 the Plum® Wooden Growing Swing Set has received five of these awards in the Outdoor Toy categories.

Winning awards for the best outdoor toy for 2016.
Winning awards for the best outdoor toy for 2016.

Loved by Parents have awarded the Plum® Wooden Growing Swing Set PLATINUM for Best Outdoor Toy for 1 to 3 years and GOLD in the 3 to 6 years category. It was a Best Outdoor toy WINNER at the Rainbow Awards, picked up SILVER at the Right Start Awards and a BRONZE at the Best Baby & Toddler Gear Awards by Mumii for Best Outdoor Play Equipment.
Its stylish, fun design and exceptional quality have also secured awards from Loved by Parents for BEST WOODEN TOY and Right Start awarded the Swing Set BEST INVESTMENT overall!

The Plum® Wooden Growing Swing Set is suitable for 12 months and up, its easy adjustable design means you can switch between baby and toddler, making it ideal for growing little ones and growing households. The Swing Set includes a 3 in 1 adjustable seat that can be easily altered for all ages, going from baby to child and back in no time at all. The wooden leg extensions allow you to quickly extend the swing meaning it grows up with your child.

The Swing Set has an adjustable, fun seat design, making it a great investment for your garden.
The Swing Set has an adjustable, fun seat design, making it a great investment for your garden.

We’ve had some amazing feedback from some very pleased parents and we’re very excited to share their reviews with you…

Here’s what the parent testers had to say about this sought after product…
“Very easy to set up and to adjust to different heights, we loved the animal themed seat too.”
– Tester for Rainbow

“Made from high quality wood, the swing is sturdy and looks good in the garden. The frame can be quickly height-adjusted and reset back again as required. Our one year old loved it!”
– Tester for Right Start

A Swing that's fun for the whole family.
A Swing that’s fun for the whole family.
Adjustable Toddler Seat.
Adjustable Toddler Seat.

We’ve also had great reviews for the press…
“We reckon this is the best garden swing on the market. The frame can be adjusted, so it suits everyone from babies to early teens, and it features a three-stage, animal-themed seat for growing bottoms.”
– The Independent Online

The Plum® Wooden Growing Swing Set is the must have garden toy for 2017. Look out for this investment piece, back on sale next year, this tried and tested product will look perfect in your garden!

Plum Bags Multiple LBP Awards

Plum Bags Multiple LBP Awards

lbp-featuredThe Loved By Parents award winners have been announced and Plum yet again have had great success!

We won awards in SEVEN different categories – for the best activity toy, best wooden toy, and the best outdoor toy across various age groups.

Every one of our winning products won a platinum and some even won several other awards in other classes.

The full list of winners can be found on the link below:

http://lovedbyparents.com/lovedbyparents-award-winners-2016/

A big thank you to everyone who voted.

 

Listed below are all our products which won an LBP award.

 

Plum® Wooden Growing Swing

Best Outdoor Toy 1-3 yrs – Platinum

Best Outdoor Toy 3-6 yrs – Gold

Best Wooden Toy 3-6 yrs – Silver

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Plum® Roar-a-Saur table

Best Activity Toy 3-6 yrs – Platinum

Best Wooden Toy 3-6 yrs – Gold

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Plum® 10ft Space Zone II Trampoline

Best Activity Toy 6+ – Platinum

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Plum® 10ft In-Ground Trampoline

Best Outdoor Toy 6+ – Platinum

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Plum Ranked Best Trampoline Brand

Plum Ranked Best Trampoline Brand

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In a recent consumer survey by Which?, Plum have been announced as the Best Trampoline Brand based on the views of parents regarding ease of assembly, safety and durability.

Plum came out on top thanks to our commitment to producing the very best quality trampolines that are safe, fun and stylish, plus our dedicated customer service team who serve all our customer’s needs.

We would like to thank all the parents who scored us so highly above the rest and we wish everyone a fun-filled summer!

In addition to this announcement, our Latitude Trampoline has just been awarded a GOLD Junior Design Award!

Junior Magazine referred to the Latitude as having  “A striking level of excellence in terms of design and aesthetics.”

Here are the stars of the show – our top range of trampolines:

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Plum Garden Games

A History of Garden Games

Plum Garden Games

You’re little ones may not yet be ready to take part in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, but that shouldn’t stop them from
hosting a Garden Game Olympics in their garden!

We will explore the history of five classic garden games and their origins – Traditional games that have been enhancing people’s coordination, cunning and skill for centuries.

 

History of Rounders

Stick and ball games are ancient and go back thousands of years.

Many historians believe that Baseball, Rounders and Cricket all evolved from a single medieval game called Stoolball, where there is a batter and bowler on a marked field.

Rounders was a version of baseball that dispensed with an early rule which stated that a running batter could be hit by a thrown ball to catch them out.

The game is known to have been played in Tudor times and has also been mentioned in some of Jane Austin’s books.

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History of Croquet

Croquet is a relatively contemporary game and originated from Ireland in the 1830’s.

In 1850, it came to England and became very popular because it was one of the first sports in Victorian times that women could play equally alongside men.

Croquet was actually an Olympic Sport in the 1900 Olympics in Paris!

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History of Quoits

A Quoit is an ancient Greek term for a throwing disc (or Discus) that was also used as a weapon some 4000 years ago!

The game of Quoits is thought to have originated from the early middle ages amongst mining communities, where horseshoes were thrown at pins in the ground.

This evolved into a more standardised version of the game where frisby-like rings were thrown into clay pits containing a single pin.

Most modern contemporary versions, including the Plum Quoits Garden Game,

use rings made from rope and have several pins. This version is thought to have been invented for entertainment on early cruise ships where it was impractical to have a clay pit onboard and the soft rope rings would be soft enough not to hurt anyone one or scratch the decking!

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History of Boules

It is believed that the Romans first invented the game around 2600 years ago, originally using stone balls and then wooden ones later on.

The game was widely played throughout Europe during the middle ages and King Henry III banned his archers from playing it due to it becoming a distraction.

In the 1300’s, King Charles IV & V made a law to ban commoners from playing it. This law lasted nearly 300 years until the 17th century!

In 1907 the French derived their own version of boules called Petanque. This is considered to be the definitive modern version due to the simplicity and popularity of the rules, the most important of which is that your feet must stay anchored to the ground. The word Petanque comes from the Occitan expression ‘Pes Tancats’, meaning ‘feet anchored’.

In 1959, the first World Championships were organised.

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History of Dominoes

Dominoes are considered a highly versatile gaming device most likely invented by the Egyptians, but more easily traced back to 12th century China.

Each domino essentially shows two double dice rolls etched into the flat sides of a solid piece of material, eliminating the need to roll two dice if picked up randomly and also preventing the possibility of cheating via ‘loaded’ dice being used (dice that are weighted on one side to always show a specific number).

Dominoes were traditionally made from carved bone or wood, whilst more expensive sets were made from carved ivory. Modern sets are more commonly made from heavy plastic.

In the early 1700’s, dominoes found their way to Italy and spread in popularity throughout Europe, quickly becoming one of the most favourite games to be played in family homes and pubs.

In 2009, a Guinness World Record was recorded in France where 4,491,863 dominoes were toppled from a single-push domino chain!

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Buy a Dominoes set from Plum

 

Plum 8x6ft Wooden Football Goal

Football: The Ultimate Sport For Kids

He shoots.. He scores.. GOAL!!

Never has there been a more energetic and exciting game that kids of all ages can enjoy in their very own gardens.

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Whether it is just a friendly match, penalty shootout practice, or imitating their favourite footballer – it’s amazing how much entertainment and value a couple of goal posts can give!

Plum’s range of wooden football goals are made from strong and sturdy FSC certified timber with durable, heavy-duty nets that can be left outside all-year round.

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EURO2016 – Score a great deal on Plum 6ft x 4ft Football Goals

To celebrate EURO16 Plum are offering 25% off all 6ft x 4ft football goals!

This offer won’t last long, so net a goal or two now whilst stock lasts to get your little ones practising their footy skills!

Lodge Wooden Playhouse

Say Hello To Spring

Light mornings, bright evenings, blossom and birdsong.

We spy spring!

Take a look at our new season favourites, guaranteed to get gardens ready for sun.

 

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Wooden Growing Swing, £154.99.

The Plum Wooden Growing Swing is set to be a back garden favourite for years to come as it grows with your child, easily transforming as they take their first swing to learning how to swoop up to the skies!

The animal themed seat supports toddlers to children and provides added aw-factor.

Plum Toddlers Tower Wooden Climbing Frame

Toddlers Tower Wooden Climbing Frame, £249.99.

The best seller is back – we’ve updated our popular Toddlers Tower just in time for a new wave of junior adventures.

Specifically made for mini’s, the Plum Toddlers Tower has lower height climbing platforms, a gentle slide and hand and foot grips. The ringing bell, postbox and beeping steering wheel will keep little explorers busy and the baby swing is perfect for little siblings to play too.

Plum Latitude Trampoline and Enclosure

Latitude Trampoline and Enclosure, from £499.99

Our Latitude Trampoline and Enclosure is designed to totally redefine bounce.

The Latitude Trampoline has a contemporary monochrome colour scheme, with a unique shaped enclosure designed to stand out the in the garden! It is supplied with a protective cover, adjustable ladder and anchor kit.

The Latitude Trampoline forms part of our Premium Trampoline Collection, with each trampoline using upgraded materials, cutting edge safety features and unique designs for the best bounce yet.

Available in sizes 10ft, 12ft and 14ft.

Plum Climbing Dome

Metal Climbing Dome, from £179.99

Plum’s metal climbing dome is a great value alternative to a traditional wooden play centre and can be customised to incorporate all of your children’s favourite activities.

For little explorers, choose fabric panels to create den areas inside the dome.

Open to adventure? Add the giant 10ft wave slide to the climbing platform. The 10ft slide can be converted to a water slide too, by attaching a hosepipe.

In the Press!

In the Press

We’re famous!

Our fabulous Peppermint Townhouse 2 in 1 Wooden Kitchen and Dolls House has been featured in the Independent’s IndyBest round-up of the 15 Best Wooden Toys.

Plum's Peppermint Townhouse

Hooray!

The double sided toy features a contemporary play kitchen on one side and a four-storey dolls house with a working lift on the other. There’s also a chalk board for mini masterpieces.

You can read the full round-up here.