Our Play Sessions

How our play sessions run…

We offer 3 play sessions every day of the week with each session lasting 2.5hrs.  In between each session we take half an hour to completely close The Play Village and Village Bistro to down tools (well…play food, hard hats, hairdryers, shopping baskets etc) so we can get ship shape again ready for our visitors in the next session to enjoy. You can book onto anyone of our play sessions via our online booking system, and as a gentle nudge please do pre-book as we can not guarantee on the day availability.

What to expect during a play session…

Well…expect us to be playful, whimsical, warm and seriously busy making the few hours you spend with us fun and enjoyable.  Our staff are wonderful, caring hosts who take great pride in brightening up any of our visitor’s day.

Your arrival…

Upon arrival you and your family will be greeted with warmth by our reception staff and friendly smiles from our Play Makers as we check you in for your play session. Our Play Makers will open the gate to the Play Village and show you to the Bistro where you can to take a seat, settle in and flip off your shoes. Shortly after the play session begins our doors will close and our Play Makers will invite children to the Village Green for a big ‘Hello’ and a welcome song, where they will also take a few minutes to introduce themselves and let children know they too are excited to play. For those children who love songs, movement and drama, the Play Makers will set the scene of a ‘drama in the Village that week’ and plant the seed that they may need a little bit of help later on. Without further a do, it’s time for 2.5 hours of free play, discover and exploration of all the Play Village has to offer.

During your stay…

Throughout your stay and the hustle and bustle of Play Village life, our Play Makers love nothing more than being invited to play alongside children and embrace the small, opportune moments to extend their imaginary playful learning with many of the activities and ideas they have up their sleeve.

From time to time, they will re-ignite the ‘Village drama’ and in playful character initiate a drama inspired activity that children can choose to join in with…that’s if they are not too busy in the very serious business of role play. To ensure the play areas stay safe during play, they will discretely tidy up and return toys to each role play area so they can continue to be played with and enjoyed.

Families often ask if they are able to arrive earlier or stay on after their play session to eat in our Village Bistro. As we are often fully booked for our play sessions, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate families who would like to arrive early to have a bite to eat or stay on after their 2.5 hour play.  We close The Play Village completely for 30 minutes in between each session to clean, tidy and ‘reset’ our beautiful Play Village for little explorers (and grown ups) in the next play session to enjoy as if it was the first of the day. If you are planning to enjoy the food from our menu and recharge the batteries, it’s helpful to know that our Village Bistro takes last food orders 45 minutes before the end of each play session with food arriving approximately 10-15 minutes after placing an order.

Freely explore & play…

Nowhere is off bounds to explore and play, The Children’s Play Village is here for adventurers growing in independence who thrive on stretching their imaginary muscles. Children of all different ages can enjoy what we offer here, some children love inviting their parents or Play Makers to play, others become blissfully lost in their own world of imaginary play. Children are free to follow their own interests and dive in and out of each role play area, and spend as much or as little time as they like with any of what looks to be spontaneous drama activities.

Until the next time…

When play is nearing to an end, our Play Makers will let children know it’s nearly time to go until the next time and bring the play session to a close with our ‘Tidy up Song & Goodbye’.

Dramatic imaginary adventures…

Skilled in the art of imaginary adventures, our Play Makers have a Mary Poppins bottomless bag of exciting activities and games to light up the imagination of your child as they explore and play in The Play Village.

Part of our play programme has been created by Pyjama Drama, a Company ran by a very inspiring former drama teacher. Through her years as a drama teacher she could see the countless benefits of learning through imaginary play and each activity has been designed to bring imagination, fun and learning together supporting key development skills such as language; co-operation; concentration; creativity & empathy; and physical development. Throughout each play session our Play Makers will bring a tonne of adventure for all children to join in with if they choose using the beautifully written by Pyjama Drama.

Playful learning…

Becky Martin, our educational consultant and founder of Teddy-cation has created our ‘Love to Learn’ activities packed with fun ideas linked to the Early Years Curriculum.

Becky has played a big part in raising the standards of the interactions our Play Makers have with children while they go about their play business. When our Play Makers are not in character creating dramatic imaginary adventures, they will be in the thick of the hustle and bustle of the Play Village ready to be invited by curious and inquisitive children to play and seek those small opportunities to extend playful learning.