New play area at the heart of De Wije Werelt


De Wije Werelt Campsite in Otterlo is a credit to its name. The campsite occupies an attractive location surrounded by woodland and nature in the Veluwe. This is one of the areas of the Netherlands where there is still space for recreation and De Wije Werelt has translated that principle into a campsite with a very individual look.

A great many square metres on and around the pitches and situated in the largest contiguous natural area in Western Europe. It's a fine spot for a relaxing holiday, especially now that the guests can make use of the completely updated central area. A reception, hotel, restaurant and catering and convenience can all be found together at the heart of the campsite, with the brand new play area as the dazzling centrepiece. Kompan supplied the play equipment and also presented a cohesive plan for the surrounding facilities.

The Wije Werelt has all the contemporary facilities for a luxury camping holiday. All types of recreation opportunities exist in the surrounding natural area: cycling, hiking and sailing.  There are plenty of active trips available but also in the campsite itself there is no reason to ever be bored and that is certainly true for the younger guests. At De Wije Werelt everyone has their own play area. For example, for small children there are various small play areas spread across the campsite. At these widespread play areas parents can in many cases watch their children from their own camping spaces.

Central to the campsite is a large play area where the very smallest children and their brothers and sisters can all go. This play area has recently been refurbished and forms the playtime heart of the campsite as it were, with a section in which younger children of between 1 and 6 years of age can play to their heart's content and an area intended for older children from 6 to around 14 years of age. In this section of the play area you will find all sorts of challenging equipment which combines play and movement. "Children can climb and scramble to their heart's content and there is a real cableway", says Herman Prangsma, the owner of this family business.


Down under

The motivation to reorganise the layout of the central square was the need to organise the traffic flow around the campsite better. Safety is extremely important to the Prangsma family and what's more, regulated traffic contributes to the peaceful atmosphere of the campsite which makes De Wije Werelt so special. But the play area in the new square had to be something special. Herman Prangsma: "The play section forms the core of the whole place and we wanted to approach it very differently. I was inspired during a holiday in Australia, a country with a very individual appearance and that was also true of the play areas which we often encountered 'down under'. What struck me? The equipment we saw was from Kompan!" De Wije Werelt ultimately selected from the various options available from Kompan. "Because they have provided us with good service for many years and the long guarantee period, but especially due to their proactive attitude." he explains. "Kompan didn't just provide us with a proposal for the play area but for the whole site."


New season

Kompan delivered all of the play equipment pre-mounted and then installed it.  Prangsma: "So we were able to proudly present our new central square to the guests at the beginning of the new season. The parents and certainly the children were very enthusiastic." According to Herman it is always busy in the playground, which was deliberately designed as a meeting place for young and older children. "It really is a place where people come together for a chat and the children can fully enjoy themselves. The playground is also good for children who are a bit more independent to visit without mum and dad. Because that's also important: discovering the world for yourself."

Of course there's always something else to do. "We want to replace a few of the small play corners which are spread across the entire campsite", he concludes.


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Location: Otterlo, Netherlands          

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