The first ever GroundsFest, held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on 20 and 21 September, proved to be a huge success for the play sector.


A much-anticipated event for the industry, GroundsFest united every corner of the play sector and brought together 6,511 unique visitors (excluding exhibitors) across the two days,

Companies such as  Kompan, Wicksteed Leisure, Play and Leisure, The Play Inspection Company, Redlynch Leisure, Huck Nets UK, Star Rubber Environmental and eibe Play all had a stand in the outdoor play area at GroundsFest.

Several play companies have already booked for the event next year, which takes place on 10 and 11 September. Katherine Perkins, Managing Director for Wicksteed, revealed why GroundsFest is the ideal event: “There are not many exhibitions where we can actually install our equipment in the ground, so it is the best place for us to showcase the products.”

The Association of Play Industries’ new Chair, Dr Amanda Gummer, took to the stage to present: Playgrounds At The Heart Of Communities, a video of which can be seen here.

On the first evening, exhibitors and visitors enjoyed the festival aspect of the event. With a range of food stalls and live entertainment headlined by a  popular Queen tribute band, it was the perfect way to conclude the first day at GroundsFest.

API Members get an exclusive discount on GroundsFest stand bookings!

To watch the show highlights please click here

If you are interested in taking a stand at Groundsfest 2024, please contact Charles Neale on 01474 240 228 or [email protected]

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