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 even enjoy our selections too – with SoGlos diving in and handpicking 13 of the best soft play centres across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.
Cotswold Clubhouse in Bourton-on-the-Water
Cotswold Clubhouse is one of Gloucestershire’s newest soft play centres, housed within a fantastic activity centre just outside Bourton-on-the-Water. It boasts a three-level woodland-themed soft play frame with tunnels to clamber through, obstacles to overcome and slippery slides to fly down and is 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.
Oxstalls Fun Factory in Gloucester
Housed inside Oxstalls Tennis Centre, Oxstalls Fun Factory is one of Gloucester’s best kept soft play secrets. Offering three levels of soft play, a toddler area, and a small café nearby, Fun Factory also offers plenty of free parking 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.
Rugrats and Halfpints in Cirencester
One of the largest and busiest soft play centres in Gloucestershire, Rugrats and Halfpints appeals to children of all ages – with sensory play for very young children in a dedicated baby area and a huge soft play frame with numerous slides for bigger kids.
There’s ballpits and shooting games, obstacles to climb, and a large onsite cafe. Plus, Rugrats and Halfpints also offers party packages.
The Play Farm in Cheltenham
Based in Cheltenham’s Brewery Quarter, The Play Farm is an active haven for babies and children up to age 12. There’s also a café on site, which stocks a range of organic options, fresh smoothies and healthy meals for children.
Offering the largest play frame in Cheltenham, Play Farm also offers laser tag parties for children, as well as party packages for those celebrating special occasions.
Go Bananas in Stroud
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 with free parking and a café also on site.
Q Club in Quedgeley
This small, but perfectly formed soft play area is housed inside The Q Club, a community centre in the Gloucester suburb of Quedgeley.
Leisure at Cheltenham
Weekly soft play sessions at Leisure at Cheltenham leisure centre offers bouncy castles, a stimulation circuit and lots of fun and games, suitable for babies from the age of six months, up to children of five years old.
Pingo’s at Tenpin Gloucester
This framed soft play area inside Tenpin Gloucester is a popular spot for under-sevens, with a designated toddler area for under threes, with its own entrance.
Offering slippery slides, cargo nets and tunnels, there’s plenty to do, whilst parents can watch from the seated area adjacent to the bar.
Cattle Country Farm Park in Berkeley
Cattle Country Farn 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.
Funky Warehouse in Cheltenham
Funky Warehouse is a trampoline park with the added bonus of a small soft play frame for little ones, 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 café and party rooms.
Dolly’s Playpen at Cotswold Farm Park in Guiting Power
Dolly’s Playpen is an indoor soft play barn for children under four, located inside 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 if 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.
Mini Mice at The Warehouse in Gloucester
Offering a safe space for pre-school children to climb and explore, Mini Mice sessions run during the week across the top two floors of The Warehouse climbing centre in Gloucester.
Kids can try and catch ‘mice’ hidden around the 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.
Lunar City in Gloucester
While not strictly a soft play centre, Lunar City in 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