trampoline with a safety net

Trampoline with a Safety Net

Looking for a trampoline with a safety net? At Douglas Forest and Garden, we provide the best products available on the market. We only sell products that we’re confident we can stand by. That’s why we only stock EXIT and Berg trampolines. These are the best products on the market, with plenty of options to suit your needs. Whether you’re looking for a regular configuration, a flatground or inground trampoline, we have everything you need. Here are some of the best trampolines which include safety net options.

The Berg Grand Favorit Trampoline with Safety Net

The Grand Favorit comes in at 17ft x 11.5ft and includes a safety net. Despite its size and quality, it has a very reasonable price of €799. This system uses protective edges and a rustproof frame to keep it in good functioning order all year round. Rather than being round, the Berg Grand Favorit is ovular, which gives you the strength of a round trampoline while allowing a great bouncing surface across its diameter. It uses Berg’s “Goldspring Solo” springs which are gold coated to provide year-round protection against the elements, while also providing extreme bounce and durability. It has a thick PVC protective edge around the perimeter to increase safety, and it’s easy to unpack and assemble. This model comes with free delivery in Ireland.

The EXIT PeakPro

The EXIT PeakPro Rectangular is 15ft x 9ft in size. Circular shaped trampolines can somehow appear incongruous in some gardens.  With its rectangular shape, this PeakPro is better suited for some gardens where it can be tucked away into a corner. This trampoline is best suited for kids who are already experienced with trampolines as it can allow for very high jumps. The spacious surface area of the trampolines allows for some real acrobatics, which is why the safety net is so important. On the net is a jump measuring scale so your kids can measure their performance and compete with their friends.
This is a sturdy trampoline which won’t fail you easily. Its legs and top rail have an extra-thick 76mm diameter so it can handle a serious beating — as well as our Irish weather. It comes with free delivery when you order online (though please be aware that we have a backlog due to high demand. Contact us directly if it’s currently unavailable. 

For further information or inquiries, call us today on 021 4965 132

Choosing a Basketball Net

Choosing a Basketball Net

When you’re choosing a basketball net it’s important to consider a number of factors. Where will the net be placed? How much space do you have? Is there a wall available that can allow safe mounting of the net, or would it need to be a free-standing version that is supported by a base? What age-range will the net be used by? How portable does it need to be — is it going to be moved often for any reason or can it stay in place? Then, of course, is the price range. Are you looking for something basic to keep you or your kids entertained for the summer, or are you intending to keep this as a more permanent fixture in your garden or outdoor space? We have a great range of EXIT basketball nets. We don’t stock any other providers simply because these are the best we have come across. Let’s break them down based on categories.

Choosing a Basketball Net Based On PriceChoosing a Basketball Net

The EXIT Galaxy backboard with hoop comes in at €167 and comes with a basketball hoop, a net, and a sturdy metal frame. This is, of course, a wall-mounted option which while costing relatively little, requires an adequate wall for mounting. If you intend to place it on a house make sure it’s away from any windows or gutters! For those 

The EXIT Comet portable basketball net is a free-standing setup that costs €279. This model is adjustable to six different heights, so it can allow people of many ages to dunk. The base has two wheels and a counterweight. To use the net, you must fill the five sandbags included and push it through the cover so that it’s firmly in place.

Basketball Nets With The Most Features

The EXIT Galaxy wall-mounted net can also be purchased with a slam dunk hoop. This is essential for those who want to practice more advanced skills. The flexible hoop can tolerate dunking meaning it’s a much more robust option for more aggressive players. As with the lower-cost version, this can be adjusted to five different heights.

The EXIT Galaxy Portable is a portable basketball net that has been re-designed to allow for dunking. Rather than the pole extending straight up, it is angled back towards the base, allowing more space for jumps and dunks while keeping the centre-of-gravity closer to the counterweights.

Most of our nets come with free shipping anywhere in Ireland. If you’d like to find out more, give us a call today on 021 4965 132

Best Value Football Goals

Best Value Football Goals

What are the best value football goals? When we’re sourcing new products, we consider many aspects of a design. Our priority is to find equipment that is going to last. There are many types of football goals on the market, which simply don’t hold up to a beating. For this reason, we’ve come to only stock EXIT products. Exit has been on the market for a while now, and they know what they’re doing. Their equipment is durable, made to a high standard and is outstanding value for money. Here are a few of our top picks.

Best Value Football Goals: Lowest CostBest Value Football Goals

The price depends on what kind of goals you want. If you’re looking for a small, portable setup that you can take with you in the car, the Flexx pop-up goals work well and cost only €21 at the moment. You can pick up a set of two for €31.50. For a broader goal set that won’t break the bank, the EXIT Tempo steel football goals are great. They’re available in three different sizes with different prices. On the lowest range is the 1.8 x 1.2 metre set for €89. The 2.4m x 1.6m set for €129, and the 3m x 2m set for €179.

Larger Sized Goals

The EXIT Scala is the top-most option in our range. Costing €315, you get a strong yet lightweight goal that can be moved easily and fits in most gardens thanks to its compact setup. It is 2.2m x 1.2m, with an anodised coating to keep it weatherproof for years.  The EXIT Finta is the largest in the range with a width of 3 metres and a height of 2 metres. It comes in black and costs €279. One of the neat features of the Finta is its training screen. This is a sheet you put over the goal’s mouth, revealing only a few targets on the four corners of the goal. This helps you practice improving your aim for penalties. The Finta also comes with ground anchors and tubes, so you can slot the goals in place but move them when need to mow the lawn. 

If there’s something more specific you’re looking for, be sure to check out our full range. We have free shipping on many of our goals. For any questions, call us today on 021 4965 132

Best Inground Trampolines

What Are The Best Inground Trampolines?

Which are the best inground trampolines? That depends on what you want it for, who will be using it and for what purposes. We have the full range of Berg and EXIT in-ground trampolines which have something for everyone. With an Inground trampoline, you’ll need to dig a pit beneath the trampoline. The depth you’ll need for this pit will depend on the size of the jumping surface. Details of this are in each item description.

The Best Inground Trampolines in Terms Of Cost

The best value options by EXIT and Berg are the EXIT InTerra and the Berg Inground Favorit.  Each option comes in different sizes, with the same basic setup. The EXIT InTerra comes in 10, 12 and 14-foot options with a price range between €449.00 – €649.00. The Berg Inground comes in 6.5, 9, 11, 12.5 and 14-foot options. The prices range between €229.00 and €679.00 for the largest option. The two smaller options are perfectly priced and sized for kids, or for adults who have space restrictions or prefer to use this solely for the workout or health benefits.  Berg’s offering also has an option for a safety net which we recommend, especially for children. 

Size and QualityBest Inground Trampolines

If you’re looking for a more extensive setup, this is going to provide two crucial benefits; A more substantial area means it’s safer to perform stunts. It also provides a greater area with more springs and more potential energy, allowing for greater jumping heights. The higher-end models also have the best quality in terms of padding. While the full range has excellent durability, the top end models take the extra step of coating all metal springs in gold to prevent corrosion and increase longevity. The two contenders in this space are the EXIT Supreme which comes in one size at 14ft x 8ft, this costs €1049, and the Berg Inground Grand Elite which ranges between €1,199.00 – €1,549.00. The padding in both options is protected against wear and tear as well as the effects of UV light, which can deteriorate the materials and typically bleaches the materials over time when left outdoors.

View our full range of trampolines (including free shipping anywhere in Ireland). If due to high demand you cannot order online, you can reserve yours by calling today on 021-4965011.

garden playhouse

Garden Playhouse: What’s Best For You?

A garden playhouse can provide months of fun for your child. Most children would give their teddy’s left arm for one. The problem is that some of them are made from materials that may be affordable, but they’re also cheap. It’s one thing to have our house floors usurped by plastic toys, but it’s another to have this start to spill out into our garden! Unfortunately, many garden playhouses are made from low quality plastics in gaudy bright colours. They tend to stand out, and while they’ll still provide plenty of fun for your child, they’re not necessarily the most aesthetically pleasing.  If you’re looking for an outdoor playhouse, we have a full range of EXIT playhouses. These are designed to achieve two things.  

A Playhouse That Enables the Imaginationgarden playhouse

EXIT playhouses have plenty of floor space for fun, games and creativity. They are easy to assemble thanks to their prefabricated sections and offer a range of great accessories such as a birdhouse, flower boxes, picnic table and chairs, a chalkboard, and decoration set. They come in three main flavours or themes, fit for any child and any garden space. These are the Aksent range, the Crooky and Loft models. Each playhouse type can be raised on a platform.  This allows for the extra fun of climbing the ladder to reach the upper deck. And it also makes space ‘below deck’ for a sandpit, which is also available as an accessory. All themes come with an additional slide option. The Aksent range can also be equipped with extra features, so if you’re looking for a playhouse with a swing, this is the one to check out.

A Garden Playhouse Designed to Please Both Children and Adults

The EXIT range look amazing. They’re built with quality Scandinavian Cedar Wood which has been treated to last for years. The wood has not been treated with harmful chemicals and does not splinter. These are good for the environment and safe for children. They come in colours that are still vibrant and appealing to children while still remaining tasteful. And the construction is very beautiful so that your garden playhouse can become more of a ‘feature’ than another plastic item cluttering up the yard.

If you have any further questions about our full range of EXIT Garden Playhouses, you can contact us today on 021 4965132

football goals

3 Most Popular Football Goals

The best football goals are now available with free shipping. Just as well. It’s the time of year when everyone is trying to check off their Christmas lists so they can relax and enjoy time off with family and friends. And while some kids (and adults) are harder to please than others, luckily football fanatics are going to be satisfied with football gifts ranging from the latest jersey or a few pieces of sports equipment. If you’re looking to get something in time for Christmas, we have a range of soccer goals, ranging from large to very small. Here are three of EXIT’s best.

Large Football Goals

So they’re suitable for all ages and all environments. The other advantage is that some are very portable. On the highest of our range is the EXIT Forza. This is a steel frame, five metres in width and two metres in height. These are very high quality, built to last in the outdoors for years. They include an anchoring system to keep them down no matter what the weather. The Forza is available to order today for €420.00.

Medium-Sized Goals

The next largest soccer goal is the EXIT Finta. This is similar in build quality to the Forza and has the same height but with a smaller width, three metres in width rather than five. The Finta also comes with a training screen, which is an excellent way for strikers to improve their aim. 

Best Football Goals for Kids or Smaller Fields

For something just as fun and a little less serious, there’s the EXIT Maestro.  This is 1.8 metres in width, and 1.2 metres in height. This makes it far more portable and more suitable for younger players. This also comes with a training screen to improve aim. 

Last but not least, are EXIT’s range of ultra-portable football goals. The EXIT Pico comes in a pair of two fold-out goals that are perfect for playing a game with friends in the back yard, the local field or park. These can be taken away quickly once you’re finished playing. Even more portable is the EXIT Flexx range of popup goals. At just €21.00, these are a great ‘stocking filler’ (so to speak!) for Christmas. Perfect for keeping in your car boot for whenever the mood strikes you, they come with a storage bag to keep them tidy and include anchoring pins to keep them still while you play.

If you’d like more ideas or you’re like to make an order, you can contact us today on 021 4965132

playhouse for christmas

A Playhouse for Christmas?

“Can I get A Playhouse for Christmas?” It can be a worry when you first see your kid’s Christmas list. What nobody wants is to have the experience of seeing Santa Clause pay hundreds for the latest trendy toy only to have their child look at it with bewilderment, throw it aside and play with its box! They might entertain themselves for the hour that the box lasts. But nobody wants to be bereft with buyer’s remorse. Thankfully we have a full range of affordable playhouses for kids that were built to last beyond the first few days of excitement. 

Why Get a Playhouse for Christmas?playhouse for christmas

Kids are what make Christmas special. Part of the fun is in reliving your childhood through their eyes. Seeing the excitement running up to the big day. The sheer glee when they tear open their presents. It all makes for a memorable experience. The hope is always that they form great memories, and when you get them something it’s not to distract them for five minutes. You want it to last. So when, as you’re looking over your child’s shoulder to their crayon-scribbled Christmas list to Santa, you see, “Can I have a Playhouse for Christmas?”, you might be forgiven for a moment of pause! The truth is that there are many pricey, somewhat garish playhouses out there. And none of them come cheap. Rather than being yet another piece of plastic in the garden they are actually beautiful to look at.

A Playhouse for Christmas — and Beyond

One strategy to avoid Santa’s remorse is to look for a playhouse that will last. One that provides joy outside of the fads. Something that encourages imagination, physical activity, and interaction with others. Something which, as long as it lasts, and as long as your child hasn’t outgrown it, will provide a source of unending play. Our playhouses come in a few main different shapes and themes such as the Aksent, the Loft, and the Crooky.

They’re made in Scandinavia using a quality Cedarwood. This wood is resistant to rain and wood rot and does not splinter. And despite being wooden, it only needs minimal care every two years. Most of us have something from our childhood, that special thing that we connected with. Be it a swing set, a dollhouse or a playhouse. Whatever it was, it somehow survived the thrashing of childhood. EXIT’s playhouses are the kind of toys that survive a beating more than long enough to leave lasting memories. 

If you’d like to view our playhouses or have any questions, give us a call on 021 4965132

playhouses for outdoors

Playhouses For Outdoors: How To Keep Them Maintained

At Douglas Forest and Garden, we provide some of the best playhouses for outdoors.  Produced by EXIT, a company with a reputation for building superb toys and equipment that can last in almost any weather conditions. Our customers sometimes ask about how long these playhouses last and how much they can be altered. 

Maintaining Your Playhouseplayhouses for outdoors

EXIT builds most of its playhouses using FSC® certified cedarwood (FSC 100%, SCS-COC-000652-WH). This wood doesn’t splinter and is naturally weather resistant. This means it’s highly resistant to wood rot, and you don’t need to treat the playhouse when you first get it.

The only exception to this is the EXIT Aksent range. These wooden playhouses are made from FSC certified Scandanavian pinewood (FSC 100%, SCS-COC-000652-WH). The pinewood is impregnated under high pressure to increase its lifespan. As with the Cedarwood, it doesn’t require any immediate treatment when you first get it. 

You can upkeep EXIT Playhouses for outdoors for years to come. Use a wood stain every second year to keep it preserved. And if at any time the wood develops mildew, it’s recommended you rub it off with a dry cloth and green soap. Green soap is usually an environmentally friendly, vegetable oil-based soap that is water-soluble. Once you do that, you’ll have it in good condition for years to come.

Modify Playhouses For Outdoors

Every person’s garden area is different. Sometimes a build won’t quite match your own situation. With EXIT’s playhouses, there is room to move things around as you see fit. If you want a playhouse with a slide, EXIT provides the option to move the slide to different positions. With most of their wooden options, you can attach the slide to different spots. In most cases, the stairs, as well as the slide, can be attached on either the left-hand or the right-hand side. In the Loft and Crooky with an extension or a veranda, the slide can also be mounted at the front side of the playhouse. 

We provide free shipping to anywhere in Ireland on all of our playhouses. If you have any questions, we might be able to help. You can reach us any weekday on 021 4965132.

childrens swings

Children’s Swings

At Douglas Forest and Garden, we aim to provide the best quality outdoor toys and children’s swings in Ireland. And to make things easy, we provide free shipping for most of our items. Whether you’re looking for sports toys or swing sets attached to a playhouse, we have it all. Here are three Children’s Swings that are also packed with other fun features to keep your kids active and fit while having loads of fun outdoors.

The EXIT Aksent 2-Seat Children’s Swing Setchildrens swings

The EXIT Aksent provides great fun for kids aged 4+. These two-seat children’s swings are attached to a Scandinavian-style playhouse, which also includes a sandpit and slide. This allows your kids to have fun and develop their creativity while playing. The versatility will have your kids creating their own games (all without getting too cranky when they wait their turn on the swings).  Because of the Aksent’s design, it makes what would normally be a fairly mundane swing set into an at-home play centre — and its beautiful construction makes it something of a garden feature relative to the typical plastic construction and build of other outdoor children’s toys.  

Children’s Swings: The EXIT Aksent 1-seat swing

The Aksent also comes with a single swing rather than two. This takes up significantly less space and is great if you have fewer children or you just lack space. It is just as easy to assemble as others in the Aksent range. And in addition to the playhouse offering support, the frame of the swing set is anchored firmly to the ground with metal connecting pieces.

The EXIT Aksent swing nest

This version of the Aksent children’s swing and playhouse is great for the youngest kids. The nest swing is safe to use, providing better support for younger tykes (with adult supervision, of course). It still provides all the other features of the Aksent. The sandpit, located beneath the playhouse, is large enough to keep kids busy and occupied in and of itself. But coupled with the Aksent’s other features, this is a no-brainer for anyone looking to encourage their children to enjoy outdoor activities away from the screens. 

We hope this gives you some ideas for your outdoor space. If you have any questions about our swing sets (or free delivery), please don’t hesitate to call us on 021 4965 132

sports gear

Sports Gear

At Douglas Forest and Garden, we provide a lot of sports gear suitable for many situations, whether a community area or home. If you’re looking to pick something up, we also save you time by providing free shipping everywhere in Ireland. Just add whatever you need to your shopping cart and you’ll get it in a couple of days. Here are a few of our main items, including football and basketball gear.

Sports Gear: Basketball Backboard with ring

If it’s a basketball ring you’re looking for, we have a full selection by EXIT. This includes portable backboards with their own stand, or wall-mounted backboards for the house. We use EXIT basketball rings because they’re sturdy, durable and built to last. The portable version can use sandbags to provide support and stability. All versions have a net available and some versions have a flexible ring that springs when you perform a dunk.

Football Nets

If you’re looking for a football net, EXIT also has a full range. From the Flexx Popup for only €21 and  “Pico” portable, foldable sets for €104, right up to Scala 500cm x 200cm aluminium net. These football nets can accommodate various styles and ages. Whether it’s a quick kickaround in a field with friends or an organised children’s league, these nets are robust, built to last, and great craic.

Sports Gear: Football Rebounderssports gear

We also stock EXIT’s soccer rebounders, which can be excellent training tools for all ages. They allow you to change the angle so that, with the help of a coach or friend, you can get a nice angle to simulate corner throws and foot skills. To help with foot skills, there is also the EXIT Rapido Skills Trainer. This provides a boundary around you in which to practice switching, reacting, and passing, with springy panels that bounce the ball back to you quickly — even while alone.  These come in different sizes, with the XL having a larger area for older or more experienced players to improve football techniques and skills.

We hope this gives you an idea of some of our sports gear currently on offer (with free shipping). If you have any questions or would like to know what else we might have in stock, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 021 496 5132

playhouses with a slide

Playhouses with a Slide: 3 Great Options

At Douglas Forest and Garden we provide a full range of premium playhouses with a slide, as well as other outdoor toys. While the summer is coming to an end, now is actually one of the best times to consider one, since there can be great deals (and we offer free delivery anywhere in Ireland). We have a full range, especially if its a playhouse with slide you’re looking for. We list some highlights below, all of which are built using fine materials with as much of a focus on style as on function.

Playhouses With a Slide: the EXIT Aksent wooden play towerplayhouses with a slide

The EXIT Aksent range comes in four sets. This version is their simplest which has the playhouse with a slide, but no swing set. Other options include a double, single or nested swing set. EXIT build their playhouses so that they’re beautiful and long-lasting. They can also put up with our Irish weather. This is also the tallest platform at 1.2 metres, making it suitable for kids ages 3+ (with adult supervision, of course). 

The EXIT Crooky 350 wooden playhouse

The EXIT Crooky comes with a really fun cartoony vibe which kids love. This particular model has an elevated platform (.6m) on which the playhouse and slide rests. The slide is at this level so it’s best suited for younger children aged 3+.  There are also accessories available, such as a set of stools for picnics, a chalkboard set for playing school, and a kid for decorating the house.

The EXIT Loft 550 wooden playhouse

The EXIT Loft 550 Playhouse is loads of fun for kids and built with Cedarwood, making it beautiful to behold. Rather than becoming another unsightly lump of plastic taking over the garden, it becomes something of a feature.  The platform on the Loft is higher than the Crooky. With a height of .9m, it’s suitable for kids aged 3+. The Loft 550 also has a sandpit and is propped on a platform. 

If you’d like to view other outdoor toys check out our full range. If you have any specific questions about playhouses with a slide or any other model type, then please don’t hesitate to give us a call here on 021 4965 132

swimming pools for sale

Swimming Pools for Sale

At Douglas Forest and Garden, we supply some of the best-quality outdoor tools and toys for all ages. If you’re looking to buy a swimming pool in Ireland, we’re big fans of EXIT. We provide their full range of outdoor pools and currently have some of these swimming pools for sale. You can view their whole selection or if you want to read some of our top picks, read on!

EXIT Swimming Pools For Saleswimming pools for sale

EXIT Provides a range of great above ground swimming pools for sale, with sizes that are suitable for small to larger groups and families. The EXIT Wood Pool, with dimensions of 360x76cm, makes it suitable for adults and children alike (with supervision, of course). These have a solid construction, using a black steel frame. It uses a flexible but robust line that has a nice ‘wood’ pattern to it. And it comes with a filter pump and liner repair kit just in case. Currently on sale for just €175, it’s a bargain. 

The EXIT Wood Construction

Because it has a round design, it’s fairly sturdy and can last for years. The filter pump keeps the water filtered, fresh and clean. Though you may also want to use chlorine tablets (which we have available) if you plan to leave the pool out for extended periods. While the outside of the pool has the wood effect, the inside has a blue colour to give it that fresh “swimming pool” feel. 

You can also purchase accessories for the EXIT wood. As mentioned before, a chlorine dispenser is available and recommended. There are also test strips so you can manage the water effectively and ensure it’s comfortable for everyone at all times. And also a pool maintenance kit, since the filter can’t clean everything. Lastly, the EXIT Wood has a pool dome which allows you to keep the heat in and the wind off your back while you enjoy some time outside. 

We hope this gives you an idea of some of our offerings. Be sure to check out the rest of our swimming pools (you may also be interested in our hot tubs) and if you have any questions feel free to call us on 021 4965 132

EXIT portable basketball board

Portable Basketball Backboards by EXIT

Portable basketball backboards provide the best playing experience compared with wall-mounted nets. Let’s look at the features of these two EXIT basketball nets. EXIT makes very high-quality products which we are proud to supply here at Douglas Forest and Garden. Their outdoor toys and swimming pools are also very well built with a solid frame, so we’re comfortable standing behind their build quality.

EXIT Portable Basketball Backboards are Height Adjustable

Both are height adjustable and come in different sizes for different age groups and settings.  The EXIT Comet is adjustable to six different heights, (230cm, 245cm, 260cm, 275cm,  290cm, and 305 cm). This is very simple to do, with a lever on the extension arm, the net will smoothly glide up and down to your desired height. It takes seconds and is a one-person job.EXIT portable basketball board

The base of the frame on either basketball backboard had two wheels and a counterweight. You can easily move the EXIT basketball backboard by tilting the frame slightly so that it’s supported on the wheels only. EXIT supply five sandbags for counterweights. You fill them with sand and this does a good job of keeping the frame in place when you’re playing a game.

The EXIT “Hoopy Junior” Basketball Backboard

This model is designed for younger kids. It can follow them as they grow into their teens. It has an adjustable height, catering to smaller people (165cm – 175 – 190 – 205 – 220 cm).

The EXIT Galaxy Portable Basketball Backboard

The EXIT Galaxy model has a ‘dunkable’ basketball net. Meaning that it’s solid, durable and flexible and can take a beating. It also gives a satisfying ‘spring’ when you score. These nets are suitable for all ages from juniors to seniors, though of course, the dunking feature is not going to be attainable for young kids so if you are purchasing one of these for younger children then you probably don’t need this feature.

We hope this answers some of your questions. If you’d like to find out more about our outdoor toys and equipment, please contact us today on 021-4965132.