Tuesday 7 July 2020

15 Gloucestershire soft play centres

Love it or loathe it, there’s no denying that soft play is the perfect way to burn off your children’s excess energy. Here’s the SoGlos roundup of the best soft play centres in Gloucestershire.

Terrifying drop slides, wobbly rope bridges and brilliant ball-pits – soft play is the perfect activity for keeping kids active on rainy days in Gloucestershire.

But it’s not just about keeping the children happy, with delicious coffee and tempting cakes on offer, parents might enjoy our selections too!

So, join SoGlos, as we explore 15 of the best soft play centres across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.

About the sponsor – Cotswold Clubhouse

Located in the Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswold Clubhouse combines a multi-level soft play centre, café, party venue, gymnastics centre, creche, and fitness classes, to form a venue that people of all ages can enjoy.

Established in 2018, Cotswold Clubhouse was launched as home to the North Cotswolds Gymnastics and Trampolining Academy. But upon finding the perfect venue for its state-of-the-art gymnasium, the team was also able to accommodate a colourful soft play centre and café, which champions local produce.

For more information about Cotswold Clubhouse, visit cotswoldclubhouse.co.uk directly.

1. Cotswold Clubhouse

Celebrating its first birthday, Cotswold Clubhouse is one of Gloucestershire’s newest soft play centres, housed within a fantastic activity centre just outside Bourton-on-the-Water.

Boasting a three-level woodland themed soft play frame with tunnels to clamber through, obstacles to overcome and slippery slides to fly down, it’s a haven for children up to the age of 11.

During the summer, children can take part in the venue’s Holiday Camps which include gymnastics, trampolining, crafts and fun soft-play sessions. Alongside the soft play structure sits the Clubhouse Café, specialising in locally sourced coffee, cake and ice cream.

2. Oxstalls Fun Factory Gloucester

Housed inside Oxstalls Tennis Centre, this is one of Gloucester’s best kept soft play secrets. Offering three levels of soft play, a toddler area, and a small café and bar nearby, Fun Factory also offers lots of free parking right outside.

Open every day for children aged up to eight-years-old, the facilities can also be hired for parties, with memberships also available in connection with GL1 Leisure Centre.

3. Little G’s Soft Play Centre

Located in the centre of Gloucester off Eastgate Street, Little G’s Soft Play is an indoor play centre which offers free parking for its customers, as well as regular arts and craft sessions.

The venue is open all day and offers discounts for those visiting during after-school hours. The multi-level soft play area can also be hired for private parties.

4. Play Farm Cheltenham

Based in Cheltenham’s Brewery Quarter, Play Farm is a haven for babies and children up to age 12.

Offering the largest play frame in Cheltenham, the venue also offers laser tag parties for children, as well as dedicated party packages for those celebrating special occasions.

There’s a café on site which stocks a range of organic options, fresh smoothies and healthy meals for children.

5. Lunar City Gloucester

While not strictly a soft play centre, Lunar City Gloucester is an inflatable assault course for all ages based at GL1 Leisure Centre, which definitely allows youngsters to burn off some energy!

Alongside a dedicated area for those who are smaller, visitors can tackle the big balls, climb an inflatable tower and slide down bouncy slides. Sessions run at various times of day all week.

In addition to Lunar City, visitors to GL1 can enjoy Toddler World, which runs on Monday and Thursday between 9.30am and 12pm. Each session offers bikes, trikes, bouncy castles, and soft play.

6. Q Club Quedgeley

This small, but perfectly formed soft play area is inside The Q Club, a community centre in the Gloucester suburb of Quedgeley.

The café and soft play area is open on weekdays from 9am to 12pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 12:30pm.

7. Soft-Play Party at Leisure at Cheltenham

This weekly soft play based at Cheltenham’s main leisure centre offers bouncy castles, a stimulation circuit and lots of fun and games.

Taking place every Friday between 10.30 and 11.15am, the sessions are suitable for babies from the age of six months, up to children of five years old. Organisers advise that parents book in advance.

8. Pingo’s at Tenpin Gloucester

Soft play at Tenpin Gloucester

This framed soft play area inside Tenpin Gloucester is a popular spot for under-sevens.

Offering slippery slides, cargo nets and tunnels, there’s plenty to do, whilst parents can watch from the seated area adjacent to the bar.

There’s also a designated toddler area for under threes, with its own entrance.

9. Cattle Country Adventure Park

This farm and adventure park offers two large soft play barns for children of all ages. A fenced off ball pit and sensory area is available for smaller children, whilst bigger kids (or adults) can clamber over the extensive bridges and slides housed in the main slide barn to take on the vertical drop slide!

A beach themed area is on offer for sunnier days, as well as a smaller soft play zone, perfect for active toddlers. Admission gives access to most of the the park’s attractions.

10. Funky Warehouse

Funky Warehouse is a trampoline park with the added bonus of a fantastic soft play frame for youngsters, as well as a ‘ninja warrior’ style assault course and parkour zone for adventurous older kids.

Special toddler mornings are offered for younger trampoline fans, alongside a well-stocked café and party rooms.

11. Dolly’s Playpen at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park

 Dolly’s Playpen at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm

Dolly’s Playpen is an indoor soft play barn for children under four, located inside the Cotswold Farm Park.

Made up of foam shapes and a climbing frame, this is the perfect place for toddlers to run around during a downpour, or when it gets chilly.

Admission to this facility is included in the farm park entrance fees, where there are also a number of indoor and outdoor play areas to keep children entertained.

12. Mini Mice at The Warehouse Climbing Centre

Offering a safe space for children to climb and explore, mini mice runs every weekday across the top two floors of The Warehouse climbing centre in Gloucester.

Children aged between one and five years can try and catch the croqueted mice hidden around the kids climbing zone, or race against the clock with the interactive, light-up climbing wall.

There’s also the chance for children three and over to try out the autobelay climbing wall with ropes and harnesses.

13. Go Bananas

This all-weather indoor play centre in Stroud offers a large soft-play frame for ‘little monkeys through to fully grown orangutans!’

Offering wavy slides, wobbly bridges and ball pits, Go Bananas is open every day from 9am until 6pm.

There is free parking and a café also on site.

14. Rugrats and Halfpints Cirencester

One of the largest soft play centres in Gloucestershire, Rugrats and Halfpints specialises in sensory play for very young children.

In addition to its baby area, the centre has a large soft play frame, and provides go carts for hire to older children during after school hours.

15.Winchcombe Fun House

A multi-level soft play in the village of Winchcombe, Winchcombe Fun House opened its doors in February 2019.

The venue has a café on site as well as offering private hire for birthday parties.

For more information about Cotswold Clubhouse, visit cotswoldclubhouse.co.uk directly.

By Melissa Hamblett

© SoGlos
Tuesday 27 March 2018

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