Days Out

All Soft Play

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Ace Playce

Weekdays: 9.30am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm

The Killingworth Centre, Killingworth, Newcastle, NE12 6YT
Tel: 0191 268 2388

Large soft play including separate two-tiered toddler frame with slide, ball pit and soft play shapes. Regular activities and events, including playgroup, character guest appearances and Friday evening discos.

1-4 years: £4 – £4.50
5 – 12 years: £5 – £5.50
Under 12 months: free
Kids Eat For £1, after 3pm Mon-Fri term-time only (normal admission applies)

Adventure Valley

Summer Opening – Daily: 10am – 5pm
Term-time: 10am – 6pm
Winter – Early Closing Mon-Thurs: 10am – 4pm

Brasside, Durham, County Durham, DH1 5SG
Tel: 0191 386 8291

Large soft play with separate toddler area. Outdoor play with toddler area, sandpits, slides, swings, go-karts, jumping pillows, adventure golf and tractor-trailer rides. A range of farm animals indoors, with animal handling sessions. Daily theatre shows.

Prices: £4.95 – £11.95.
Under 2 years: Free.

@The Castle

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

St Hildas Church, Stella Road, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 4NN
Tel: 0191 413 2311

Three-tiered castle-themed soft play in a real castle-like church. Separate area with soft play shapes for babies and young toddlers. Regular timetable of baby, toddler and after school activities included in admission price. Cafe serving lunch and treats.

6 months – 11 months: £1
1 – 4 years: £4
4+ years: £4.50
Under 6 months: free

Brewers Fayre, Derwent Crossing

Sunday – Thursday: 9.30am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 9.30am – 9pm

Derwent Haugh Road, Swallwell, Gateshead, NE16 3BJ
Tel: 0191 414 6308

Brewers Fayre pub with large multi-tiered soft play, with toddler section plus dance room with disco lights and music videos. Serving pub classics.

90 minutes of play: £3

Brewers Fayre, Pity Me

Monday – Saturday: 12 noon – 11pm
Sunday: 12 noon – 10.30pm

Arnison Retail Centre, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5GB
Tel: 0191 383 9140

Brewers Fayre pub with large multi-tiered soft play, with slide, ball pit, climbing, bridges and toddler area. Serving pub classics.

90 minutes of play: £3

Brewers Fayre, Royal Quays

Sunday – Thursday: 9.30am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 9.30am – 9pm

Coble Dene Road, North Shields, North Tyneside, NE29 6DL
Tel: 0191 258 0287

Brewers Fayre pub with large multi-tiered soft play, with slide, ball pit, climbing, bridges and toddler area. Serving pub classics.

90 minutes of play: £3

Brewers Fayre, South Shields

Sunday – Thursday: 9.30am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 9.30am – 9pm

2 Hobsons Way, South Shields, South Tyneside, NE34 9PQ
Tel: 01914 565 500

Brewers Fayre pub with large multi-tiered soft play, with slide, ball pit, climbing, bridges and toddler area. Serving pub classics.

90 minutes of play: £3

Captain Ted’s

Monday – Friday: 9am – 3pm
Saturday: 9:15am – 4pm
Sunday: 9:15am – 2pm
(School holidays extended opening, see website)

Old Church Hall, West Avenue, Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 4ES
Tel: 0191 213 5813

Pirate themed multi-tiered soft play with two separate areas; one for toddlers and babies and one for juniors. Free activities such as crafts, singing and dancing. Cafe serving lunches and treats.

Weekdays: £4
Weekends/holidays: £5
Under 1 year: free (with cafe purchase)

Brewers Fayre, Castledown

Sunday – Thursday: 9.30am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 9.30am – 9pm

Timber Beach Road, Castledown, Sunderland, SR5 3HR
Tel: 08701 977245

Brewers Fayre pub with large multi-tiered soft play, with slide, ball pit, climbing, bridges and toddler area. Large grassy enclosed outdoor seating area. Serving pub classics.

90 minutes of play: £3

Chester-le St Leisure Centre Soft Play

Weekdays: 9am – 7pm
Weekend: 9 – 4pm
(Closes briefly selected weekends due to party bookings)

Burns Green, Chester-le-Street, Durham, DH3 3QH
Tel: 0300 026 6444

Three-tiered soft play with slide and tunnels. Ground level suitable for toddlers and babies, with smaller steps, slide and ball pit and soft play shapes. Seating at ground level plus upstairs viewing window and access to soft play.

Siblings: £1

Dobbie’s Garden Centre

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm

Gosforth Garden Centre, Gosforth Park, Newcastle, NE3 5EP
Tel: 0191 236 7111

Garden centre with compact multi-level soft play. Cafe serving breakfast, lunch and main meals.

90 minutes: £3.50
Cardholders: £3

Dragonflies Durham

Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 6pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
Open bank holidays.

35 Dragonville Industrial Park, Durham, DH1 2XW
Tel: 0191 447 2640

Three-tiered soft play area, trampoline, football pitch, role play cottage, supermarket and road with ride-on toys. Plus a café with hot and cold food including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

Up to 10 months: £1.
11 months+ : £4 – £5.
(Sibling Discount: 10 months: free, 11 months+: £3)

Ages 0 – 8.

Dunston Activity Centre Soft Play

Saturday: 9am – 12pm

Dunston Activity Centre, Ellison Road, Gateshead, NE11 9SS
Tel: 0191 425 2222

Pop-up weekly soft play session with bouncy castle, inflatable bouncy slide and soft play shapes, plus screening of family movie. Cafe serving snacks.

£4 per child.

Felling Children’s Centre Soft Play

Mondays – Wednesdays: 9am – 12pm

Felling Children’s Centre, High Street, Felling, Gateshead, NE10 9LT
Tel: 0191 433 5100

Small soft play room for children from birth to 5 years, with plenty of soft shapes to build towers and a raised walkway and slide.

50p – drop-in. Birth up to 5 years.


Daily: 10am – 6:30pm
Bank holidays: 10am – 5pm

Unit A3, Benfield Business Park, Benfield Road, Newcastle, NE6 4NQ
Tel: 0191 562 3260

Four-tiered soft play with cannonball arena, rubber ring slides, trampolines, go karts, bumper buggies and football court. Separate toddler area with ball pool, pedal cars, soft play shapes and role play town including vet, grocer, doctor and mini cinema.

From £7.50
Under 1 year: £2.50
Siblings under 1 year: free
Adults: £1
**Toddler discount, weekdays 10am–3.30pm: £4.95 (term time).
**Kids Eat Free, after 3pm Mon-Fri term-time only (online bookings only, normal admission applies).

Fuzzy Ed’s, North Shields (Harvester)

Monday – Saturday 10am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Preston North Road, North Shields, North Tyneside, NE29 9DN
Tel: 0191 257 6821

Pub with soft play including giant slide, ball pit fun and house, plus a separate toddler area. Serving pub classics.

Kids: £3
Under 2’s: Free

Fuzzy Ed’s, Sunderland (Harvester)

Daily: 11am – 7pm

Ryhope Road, Sunderland, SR2 0SP
Tel: 0191 514 5586

Pub with soft play including giant slide and ball pit fun, plus a separate toddler area. Serving pub classics.

Kids: £3
Under 2’s: Free

GO Bears Den

Monday – Friday: 8am – 8pm
Saturday: 8am – 6pm
Sunday: 8am – 7pm

Gateshead Leisure Centre, Alexandra Road, Gateshead, NE8 4JA
Tel: 0191 433 5733

Four storey soft play for under 12s, with cargo sky walk, climbing towers and ball pool with suction pipes. Plus a baby and toddler area with soft play shapes and a cafe.

Under 1 year: Free
Over 1 year: £3 – £5 (depending on GO Gateshead card)
(per two hour session)

Hall Hill Farm

10.30am – 4pm
(Open daily throughout summer, selected dates on weekends & school holidays in winter)

Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester, Durham, DH7 0TA
Tel: 01388 731333

Over 700 acres with plenty to do, including: lamb feeding, donkey rides, baby chicks & rabbit handling, feed the animals, puppet shows, tractor & barrel train rides, crazy golf, outdoor play area, indoor soft play and tea room.

Prices: £7.75 – £8.50.
Under 2’s: FREE.
Family Saver prices available.

Holmside Park

Mon-Tues, Thurs & Sat-Sun: 10am – 6pm (Wed & Fri: Closed)
School Holidays – Mon-Sun: 10am – 6pm

West Edmondsley Farm, Chester-Le-Street, Durham, DH7 6EY
Tel: 0191 917 2205

50,000 ft2 of indoor play, including archery, roller skating, soft play & inflatables (toddler area, pole joust & obstacle course for ages 4+). Outdoor activities include fort with slide, mini karting track, pedal karts, zipline, sandpit, jumping pillows and real disused fire engine and helicopter. Ages 16+ can pre-book road buggies, quads and knife/axe throwing.

Age 4+: £12
Age 1-3: £5
Adults: from £5
Toddler Tuesday: £5 (includes 1 adult & 1 toddler, term time only)

IKEA Gateshead

Monday – Friday: 10.30am – 5.15pm
Saturday: 10am – 5.45pm
Sunday: 11am – 4.45pm
(soft play opening hours)

Metro Park West, Gateshead, NE11 9XS
Tel: 020 3645 0000

Free supervised soft play area where kids from 3-10 years old can spend up to 1 hour while you shop, plus an in-store restaurant and a small outdoor play area.


intu Metrocentre

Monday – Friday: 9am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 7pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm

intu Metrocentre, Gateshead, NE11 9YG
Tel: 0191 493 0200

There’s a small free toddler area with soft play shapes upstairs in the Forum, and a free outdoor play area outside the Qube entrance for ages 3-10. ‘Fun Buggy’ ride-on cars can be hired from customer service desks, and for older children there are bungee trampolines in Exhibition Square. From here you also can take a train drive around the centre.

Free play areas.
‘Fun Buggy’ hire: £3 – 4 per hour (£10 returnable cash deposit)


Jumbo Jungle

Monday – Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Unit 40, No 1 Industrial Estate, Consett, County Durham, DH8 6TW
Tel: 01207 500 007

Large 4-tiered soft play with slides, rope swings and high tower bridge. Separate toddler area with slides and tunnels, and a football pitch. Cafe serving snacks and main meals.

From £4.
Under 1 years: Free
**Tuesday special: £4 entry with special guest characters

Jump Giants

Monday – Friday: 10.30am – late
Saturday – Sunday: 10.00am – late
(school holidays vary)

Forge Road, Dunston, Gateshead, NE8 2RB
Tel: 08444 141 141

Home to 28,000ft of trampolines and a 8-lane entry foam zone. There are plenty of games and activities to try, including dodgeball, basketball, or slam dunk. Under 5’s can slide, climb, crawl and jump around the Soft Play.

£5 – £15 (plus £2 Grip Socks)
Soft Play: £3.50 (£5 weekends)

Free Jump Zone: Age 3+.
Soft Play: under 5 years.

KiKi’s Kabin

Weekdays: 9.30am – 6pm
Weekend: 10am – 6pm

34 Albion Road, North Shields, North Tyneside, NE30 2RQ
Tel: 0191 296 4944

An old church with three-tiered soft play, two separate toddler areas, car track, large ball pool and bouncy castle. Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, main meals and treats.

Under 4’s: £3.95
4+ years: £4.25
Under 1’s: Free

Krazy Kingdom

Weekdays: 9.30am – 6pm
Weekends: 9am – 6pm

Unit 4 Greencroft Industrial Park, Annfield Plain, Durham, DH9 7YB
Tel: 01207 528 899

Large 3-tiered soft play with ball cannons and astra slide, separate 2-tiered toddler area, enclosed baby area with toys and ball pit. Plus climbing wall, trampolines, electric go-karts and football/basketball area. Serving snacks and main meals.

1 – 12 years: £3.95 – £4.95
6-12 months: 50p
Under 6 months: Free
Toddler discount term-time weekdays.

Louisa Lagoon Adventure Play

Sunday – Friday: 8am – 7.30pm
Saturday: 8am – 4.30pm

The Louisa Centre, Front Street, Stanley, Durham, DH9 0TE
Tel:01207 218 877

Four-tiered soft play with slippery slides, dizzy discs, rope climbs, climbing walls, splat pads and more. Plus separate two-tiered soft play for toddlers with tunnel, slide and ball pool. Baby area with funky soft shapes, toys and play house. Cafe serving snacks.

30 minute play: £3

Millie’s Magical Garden

Monday – Thursday: 9.30am – 6.30pm
Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm
Weekend: 9.30am – 5.30pm

The Oval, Concord, Washington, Sunderland, NE37 2QD
Tel: 0191 561 3880

Garden themed 4-tiered soft play, including separate 2-tiered toddler soft play and baby area with toys and soft play shapes. Also ride-on toys and football court. Cafe serving breakfast and lunch.

1 – 3 years: £3
4 – 10 years: £4
Under 1 year: Free

Mister Twisters Jump Centre

Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 7pm
Saturday: 9am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 7pm

Unit 15E Follingsby Park, Wardley, Gateshead, NE10 8YG
Tel: 0191 415 5550

Over 4 storeys of soft play and a separate toddler area, plus a trampoline zone with a balance beam and soft pit. ‘Toddler Time’ discount on weekdays with up to 4.5 hours access to softplay and trampolines for £5.

Softplay: £3.50 – £5.95
Softplay & trampolines: £6.00 – £10.50
(depending on age/day/time)
Compulsory grip socks: £2

Namco Funscape, Metrocentre

Namco Funscape: 10am – 11pm
Pacman Soft Play: 10am – 7.30pm

Unit 244 Garden Walk, Metrocentre, Gateshead, NE11 9XY
Tel: 020 3475 5268

There’s something for everyone with bowling, dodgem cars, pool, arcade games and a multi-tiered Pacman themed soft play (for up to 8 years), plus a restaurant.

Kids bowling: £5.50
Adults bowling: £6.50
Dodgems: £3
Soft Play: £4.95

New AdventureLands

Weekdays: 9.30am – 6pm
Weekend: 9am – 6pm
Sunday closing times may vary due to party bookings.

Rear 24 Benton Road, Newcastle, NE7 7DT
Tel: 0191 259 9966

Large multi-tiered soft play with four lane slide and ball cannons. Separate toddler soft play and toys. Plus race car track, mini climbing wall, football court, dance pads, games consoles and regular craft activities. Cafe serving lunch and main meals.

£4.25 – £5.95
Under 1 year: Free
Play & Eat, Mon – Thurs 3pm – 5.50pm: £6.95

Newburn Activity Centre

Weekdays: 9am – 7pm
Weekend: 9am – 5pm
Recommend to contact before visiting in case of party bookings.

Newburn Activity Centre, Grange Road, Newcastle, NE15 8ND
Tel: 0191 264 0014

Three-tiered soft play including cargo net, slide and two ball pools. Cafe serving lunch at selected times: Monday/Tuesday: 4pm-7pm, weekend: 9am-3pm.

Cardholders: £2.80

Oopsy Down Town

Weekdays: 9.30am – 3pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

100 Seaside Lane, Peterlee, Durham, SR8 3PF
Tel: 01915272449

Play cafe with compact two-tiered soft play, baby/toddler toys and sensory play, plus role play areas including kitchen, salon, stables and construction. Offering regular baby/toddler classes, workshops and special character appearances. Cafe serving snacks and treats.

1 year+: from £4
Under 1: from £2.50
Under 6 months: free

Round The Twist

Sunday – Thursday: 9am – 7 pm
Friday – Saturday: 9am – 8 pm

Unit 28, North Tyne Industrial Estate, Whitley Rd, Benton, Newcastle, NE12 9SZ
Tel: 0191 215 0055

Multilevel soft play and go cart track, plus separate toddler soft play and baby area with soft play shapes. Also dress up and role play toys. Regular baby/toddler activities included in entry price. Cafe serving breakfast, lunch and main meals.

1-2 Years: £4.95 – £6.95
3-12 Years: £5.95 – £8.95
Under 1: £1
Siblings under 1: Free

Stanhope Pool

Open late May – early Sep.
Times vary, contact organiser for information or check Stanhope Open Air Swimming Pool Facebook page.

Castle Park, Stanhope, Durham, DL13 2LU
Tel: 01388 528 466

Heated open air swimming pool, with main pool and smaller toddler pool, sauna (booking required) and soft play area. Picnic tables and cafe serving snacks and treats.

From £3
Family from £12.00
(prices vary seasonally)


Stone street, Windy Nook, Gateshead, NE10 9RY
Tel: 0191 469 1431

A pub and hotel with a dedicated children’s room, with a large two-tierd soft play with a tunnel slide, ride on toys and a separate baby and toddler area with toys. Serving pub classics.


The Dunes Adventure Island

Soft Play: Weekdays: 9.30am – 8pm
Weekends/Holidays: 9am – 8pm
Bowling: Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 11:30pm
Friday – Saturday : 10am till Late

Sea Road, South Shields, South Tyneside, NE33 2LD
Tel: 0191 455 5255

Sea front Entertainment Centre on with arcade, 10 pin bowling, and five-tiered soft play plus sensory area and football pitches. Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, pub meals and carvery.

Soft Play: £3 – £7
Under 1: Free
Bowling: £4 – £6

The Fiddlers Three

Monday – Saturday: from 11am
Sunday: from 12pm

Albion Road, Windy Nook, Gateshead NE10 9BB
Tel: 0191 469 2664

A pub with a compact two-tiered soft play with slide, serving pub classics and carvery 7 days a week.


The Splat Centre

Monday – Thursday: 9am – 5:30pm
Friday: 9am – 3.30pm
Saturday: 10am  – 3.30pm

Unit 1 at 305 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 2HU
Tel: 0191 447 9191

Cafe with three-tiered soft play, plus separate baby/toddler area with toys and sensory corner. Regular activities such as crafts and stories included with entry fee. Additional classes for babies to teens offered. Shop selling traditional toys and children’s wear. Cafe serving snacks, lunches and treats.

£2.50 – £4.50
Under 1s – Free

The Whitley Bay Treehouse

Weekdays: 9am – 6pm
Weekends/bank holidays: 10am – 6pm

1a Claremont Crescent, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 3HL
Tel: 0191 251 4422

Three-tiered soft play with rope bridges and slides, plus toddler area with log climb and slide and baby area with play mats and toys. Story time on Mondays and Fridays included in entry fee, also two resident talking trees. Cafe serving lunch and main meals.

£3.50 to £4
Under 1 Year: £1
Toddler discount selected times Tuesdays/Thursdays: £2

Wacky Warehouse (Story Book)

Monday – Thursday: 9.30am – 7pm
Friday: 9.30am – 8pm
Saturday: 11am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 7pm

Boldon Leisure Park, Abingdon Way, Boldon Colliery, Sunderland, NE35 9PB
Tel: 0191 536 9408

Pub with multi-tiered soft play and separate toddler area with slide and ball pit. Regular craft sessions held included in entry price. Free outdoor play area. Serving breakfast, lunch and main meals.

1 hour play: £3.50
Under 1 year: free
Monthly unlimited pass: £7.50
Toddler discount weekdays 9:30am – 3pm: £2.25 (term-time only)

Washington Leisure Centre Soft Play

Mon-Tues & Thurs-Fri: 7.15am – 10pm
Wednesday: 6:30am – 9.30pm
Saturday: 8am – 5pm
Sunday: 8am – 7.20pm

Washington, NE38 7SS
Tel: 0191 416 6642

Multi-tiered soft play including ball pit with suction tubes and toddler slide. Cafe serving lunch and treats.

Age 1-3: £2.70
Under 1: £1.00
Peak time (3:30pm – 5.30pm): £6.65

Waves Swimming Pool

Public swim times vary, check with organiser.

The Links, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 1TQ
Tel: 0191 643 2600

Swimming pool with wave machine and flume slides, and children’s play pool featuring pirate ship with small slides. Compact two-tiered soft play, gym, spa and coffee shop serving snacks and treats. Also after school and school holiday activities offered.

Adult: £1.80 – £6.50
Child: 70p – £4.40
Family: £9.30 – £21.70
Cardholder discounts

Whitehouse Farm Centre

May – Sep, daily: 10am – 5pm
Open selected dates Oct – April.

North Whitehouse Farm, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 6AW
Tel: 01670 789998

Family run farm with a range of large and small animals and petting/feeding sessions. Indoor racing cars and 3-tiered soft play with toddler area. Outdoor tractor-trailer rides, pedal go-karts and tractors, frisbee golf, maze, trampolines and adventure playground. Cafe serving breakfast, lunch and main meals.

From £8.25
Family from £32.25
Under 2 years: free