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!
SoGlos has teamed up with Cotswold Clubhouse to discover 15 of the best soft play centres across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.
For more information about Cotswold Clubhouse, visit cotswoldclubhouse.co.uk directly.
Gloucestershire’s newest soft play is housed within a fantastic activity centre just outside Bourton-on-the-Water. Cotswold Clubhouse boasts a three-level soft play frame with tunnels to clamber through, obstacles to overcome and slippery slides to fly down.
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 wildlife themed soft play structure sits the Clubhouse Café, specialising in locally sourced coffee, cake and ice cream.
Entrance to Cotswold Clubhouse starts at £1.50 for under-ones. The venue is open from 9.30am all year, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
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, entrance is free for babies under six months. Adults are charged an additional £1 to enter.
Housed inside Oxstalls Tennis Centre, this is one of Gloucester’s best kept soft play secrets.
Open every day for children aged up to eight-years-old, this soft play is free for under-ones. The facilities can also be hired for parties, with memberships also available in connection with GL1 Leisure Centre.
Offering a play frame, a range of wavy slides and even a big blue vertical drop slide, there’s plenty to keep children entertained at this indoor play barn.
Housed inside the Dick Whittington Park, prices start at £5 for active toddlers. Adults are also charged an entrance fee.
Bouncy castles, a soft play setup and plenty of bikes and trikes – this really is heaven for toddlers. Available to children under five-years-old, Toddler World runs Monday and Thursday between 9.30am and 12pm. Prices start at £1.50.
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 2:30pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 12:30pm. Entrance costs £2.
This weekly soft play based at Cheltenham’s main leisure centre offers bouncy castles, a stimulation circuit and lots of fun and games. Organisers advise that parents book in advance.
This framed soft play area inside the tenpin bowling centre is a popular spot for under-12s. Offering slippery slides, cargo nets and tunnels, there’s plenty to do, whilst parents can watch from the seated area adjacent to the bar. Prices for this soft play are based on height, and booking is required.
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 barn.
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 the majority of the park’s attractions. Concessions are available, as well as seasonal offers.
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.
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.
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. It costs £4.50 per child for two hours of play.
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. Prices start at £1 for under-ones. Discounts are available during term time.
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.
Alongside this garden centre café sits a small soft play frame and ball pit. It’s the perfect place to relax with a cuppa and cake, while the children run off that extra energy. Parking is free and prices start at £3 per child, with discounts available to Garden Club members.
By Melissa Hamblett
Tuesday 27 March 2018
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