We arrived at the same time as three coach load of students from Europe. Most of these were well behaved and considerate, but a group 'took over' the children's play area. They were probably 15-16 years of age. Three hefty females were crammed into the basket swing and being pushed very high by make classmates, so high in fact they had to jump up to push the swing. The ordinary swing held a very large male and was being pushed in the same manner by two classmates. The child's safety swing was occupied by a female who was also being pushed extremely high. The slide was being used in an irresponsible manner and the noise was deafening. One adult was present but did nothing to supervise or maintain any order.
I was there with three going grandchildren but we were unable to use the area.
This playground is new and should be a delightful resource but it will not survive many onslaughts like this.
We found the behaviour intimidating so we left. I would have complained at the shop but that was overflowing with student visitors too.
I think the staff at Mary Arden's need to establish some code of behaviour for such visitors be it from abroad or home-grown hooligans. It should not be above their remit to talk to the group, via their 'responsible adult' if language is a problem and spell out what is acceptable...including not trying to catch the chickens etc wandering round; age limits in the playground; general behaviour etc. it should also possible for staff to patrol on an informal basis and so be aware of such behaviour. None were present anywhere near this area.
The visit was ruined for us and I'd hesitate to visit again.
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