Exhilarating 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.
The Cowshed at Cattle Country Farm Park
Gloucestershire's newest soft play centre — and quite possibly the very best in the county — features three levels of play equipment, including an adrenaline-pumping drop slide adorned in cow-print and an interactive timed race track, The Cattle Run, which puts kids head-to-head in a race to finish fastest.
Cattle Country's vibrant Cowshed play barn also has two dedicated areas for under-fives: a smaller, toddler-friendly soft play and the stand-out highlight, a Tiny Town role play area — complete with its own farm shop, post office and car wash, which kids can ride through on pedal go karts.
Refuel with refreshments from the GRAZE kiosk, serving hot drinks for spectating parents and ice creams and milkshakes for post-play treats.
BumpyLand in Tewkesbury
Another new arrival on Gloucestershire's soft play scene, BumpyLand offers structured and unstructured play for children up to 12-years-old, with separate areas for different age groups. Kids will love whizzing down its rainbow slides and building dens with its colourful tower blocks.
Best of all, for parents in need of a pamper, there's a beauty salon on-site — so you can get a fresh mani, lash lift or tend to your brows while the little ones play!
Little Centurions in Cirencester
Mini gladiators can battle swinging swords and scale colosseum walls at Cirencester's Roman-themed soft play centre, Little Centurions, suitable for children up to 10-years-old.
The junior play frame is packed with soft play favourites, from wavy slides and wobbly crossings to punch bags designed to look like Roman soldiers; while there's dedicated areas for babies, toddlers and pre-school children and full-view seating for parents and spectators.
Little Seedlings soft play at Dobbies Tewkesbury
Tempting even the most impatient of kids on a garden centre shopping spree, Dobbies in Tewkesbury has its own adorable garden-themed soft play, ideal for smaller kids under five.
Located off the restaurant — and even serving its main menu inside — this perfectly-packaged soft play also leads to an outdoor playground, so kids have the best of both worlds.
Dick Whittington Park in Longhope
Kids can find hours of entertainment bouncing on trampolines and zooming down drop slides at Dick Whittington's legendary soft play – which even offers its fun-filled play barn up as a unique wedding reception venue!
Offering so much more than soft play, children can play make-believe in Wendy houses, challenge each other to table games and even tackle a vertical climbing walk; while there's gorgeous nature walks to enjoy in the grounds, too.
The Play Barn at Fosseway Garden Centre
Over at Fosseway Garden Centre in Moreton-in-Marsh, The Play Barn offers three zones of fun for children of all ages — starting with the baby playpen, filled with gentle rockers and captivating mirrors, and toddler section complete with a wavy slide, building blocks and ball pit.
For older kids up to 11, there's twisting tunnels to crawl through, net bridges to cross and even a mini zip wire and climbing wall for the most adventurous.
Oxstalls Fun Factory in Gloucester
Housed inside Oxstalls Sports Park, 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.
Open every day, there's a mixture of slides, ladders and chutes that children aged up to eight-years-old can enjoy.
Rugrats and Halfpints in Cirencester
One of the largest and most popular soft play centres in Gloucestershire, Rugrats and Halfpints appeals to children of all ages, with sensory play for young children — including an augmented reality sandpit — and a huge soft play frame with numerous slides for bigger kids.
Not to mention ball pits, an interactive handball wall, ride-on go karts and plenty of obstacles to climb; plus a large on-site cafe.
The Play Farm in Cheltenham
Specifically designed for safe play with dedicated spaces for babies, toddlers and juniors, the attraction also hosts laser tag sessions and has a well-stocked cafe with organic options for the kids to refuel after some action-packed playtime.
Go Bananas in Stroud
Go Bananas is on a mission to get children into active hobbies from an early age, with its giant indoor soft play frame proving that exercise can be plenty of fun.
Packed with play equipment that everyone from 'little monkeys through to fully-grown orangutans' can enjoy, the Stroud-based indoor play centre has swooshing slides that drop into ball pits, wobbly bridge crossings and star burst clouds to jump. With a cafe on-site, too.
Soft play at Leisure at Cheltenham
Suitable for children up to eight, Leisure at Cheltenham offers 45-minute sessions of non-stop play in its soft play zone, where kids have the chance to climb over obstacles, run along rope bridges and zoom down slides.
Families are also able to book inflatable fun soft play sessions, with additional inflatable obstacles and a bouncy castle to explore.
Funky Warehouse in Cheltenham
Funky Warehouse is a trampoline park with the added bonus of two soft play areas for smaller children, as well as a ‘ninja warrior’-style assault course for adventurous older kids.
The newer, larger soft play frame has three slides, a cargo net, wall climb and zip line, with an adjacent spider's web for children to climb or fall through; while there's a separate soft play zone for babies and little ones under three.
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!
Older children can tackle the big balls, climb an inflatable mountain and throw themselves down bouncy slides. Meanwhile, there's a separate area for toddlers and littler ones, featuring its own fun slide and inflatable obstacles.