13 of the best childrens soft play centres in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds

  • SoGlos has created the ultimate hot list for families, rounding-up 15 of Gloucestershire's best soft play centres.

    SoGlos has created the ultimate hot list for families, rounding-up 15 of Gloucestershire's best soft play centres.

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! Following the easing of lockdown restrictions and news that soft play centres can now reopen in England from Saturday 15 August 2020, SoGlos has dived in and handpicked 13 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, cafe, 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 cafe, which champions local produce. For more information about Cotswold Clubhouse, visit cotswoldclubhouse.co.uk directly.


1. 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 Cafe, specialising in locally sourced coffee, cake and ice cream.

Cotswold Clubhouse reopened to the public on Monday 17 August 2020.


2. 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 cafe 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.

There has been no official reopening date announced for Oxstalls Fun Factory.


3. 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.

Rugrats and Halfpints Cirencester hopes to reopen by the end of August 2020.


4. Play Farm Cheltenham

Based in Cheltenham's Brewery Quarter, Play Farm is an active haven for babies and children up to age 12. There's also a cafe 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.

Play Farm reopens to the public on Friday 21 August 2020.


5. 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 cafe also on site. There has been no official reopening date announced for Go Bananas.


6. Q Club Quedgeley

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

There has been no official reopening date announced for Go Bananas.


7. Leisure at Cheltenham

Weekly soft play sessions 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. While some facilities have reopened, there has been no official reopening date announced for Leisure at Cheltenham's soft play sessions.


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, 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. While Tenpin Gloucester has reopened, there has been no official reopening date announced for Pingo's.


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. While Cattle Country has reopened, there has been no official reopening date announced for its indoor play.


10. 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 cafe and party rooms. There has been no official reopening date announced for Funky Warehouse in Cheltenham.


11. Dolly's Playpen at 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 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. While Cotswold Farm Park has reopened, there has been no official reopening date announced for its indoor play.


12. Mini Mice at The Warehouse Climbing Centre

Offering a safe space for pre-school children to climb and explore, Mini Mice sessions runs 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. While The Warehouse has reopened, there has been no official reopening date announced for its Mini Mice sessions.


13. 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.

No official opening date has been announced for Lunar City Gloucester.


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


(C) SoGlos
Monday 17 August 2020

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