Children’s Playpark Opens this Week!

The David Livingstone Birthplace begins its maiden voyage to reopening this month, with the much anticipated children’s playpark. The playpark in the Village has been greatly missed by the Blantyre community during the Museum’s £9.1m refurbishment, and will reopen this Thursday 1st July.

The main focal point of the playpark’s redesign will be a large multi-play structure based on David Livingstone’s steamship the ‘Ma Robert’ used on his second Zambezi expedition; a rain wheel, and other interactive activities for young people of all ages to explore.

Themed on African Rivers, the paddle steamship will be surrounded by play structures resembling palm trees, crocodiles and elephants, and the Victoria Falls will be represented by a moving carousel which swirls you round-and-round as if you are caught in the river’s rapids. The playpark’s physical experience is further heightened by the addition of sensory items including the sound of the Falls coming from a spinning rain wheel, and a large Marimba providing authentic African sounds.

Grant MacKenzie, Interim Director, David Livingstone Birthplace said: “When the Birthplace closed, the existing playpark was in real need of a complete overhaul. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Blantyre Community led by Paul Veverka, and funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund, we are delighted that we have been able to create a new space where children can let their imaginations run wild, learn about the story of Livingstone, and bring communities together outdoors.”

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