Just before Christmas I took Baby Bear and my Nan to Yarnton Magic Garden soft play centre. We’d booked their Christmas event which included 2 hours play plus a visit to Santa’s Grotto. It’s the first time I’d ever been to Yarnton Garden Centre before. It’s like a Tardis when you walk, its so big! Completely deceiving from outside as there’s so much in there.
At the entrance to the Magic Garden we were greeted by a friendly member of staff who took our name to check our booking. We then had our temperatures checked and used hand sanitiser before going through the doors into the soft play. The room is lovely and bright and straight away I noticed how sparkling clean it was everywhere. The whole place is immaculate from the play equipment to the floors, toilets and cafe area. It’s clearly very well looked after.
The two-story play frame was a massive hit with Baby Bear. He literally didn’t stop running and climbing and whizzing down slides the whole time we were there! It’s perfectly designed for him to be able to access all areas without needing any adult help. I love the garden theme with the toad stools and giant leaves. There is a path that goes round to the back of the play frame so you can see the kids wherever they are in it. This is really handy for parents! It’s so well thought out.
In front of the play frame is the garden shed area with see-saw and giant soft play garden tools which velcro to the walls of the shed. There are bean bag and soft play tree stumps too. This is such a fun area for role play. There’s also a fab bucket style swing in this area. It’s really low down so kids can climb in and out themselves and is attached to the floor underneath with a chain so it can’t swing too high. Again it’s so well though out for little ones to be able to access everything themselves.
To the side of the play frame is a mini sports court with football targets and basketball hoops. On one wall of this sports court is a brilliant scrambling wall with crash mats underneath. I’ve never seen this at a soft play before but thought it was fab! Baby Bear doesn’t quite have the muscle power for it yet but he had a good go anyway. I love the wood design on the walls to tie in with the garden shed theme.
Yarnton Magic Garden has its own little cafe and loads of seating for parents to sit and relax while the kids let off steam. There are plenty of high chairs and sofas too. The centre is really baby friendly with a separate soft play area for smaller ones, plus there’s a little woodland camp with tipis, sensory light tube and play kitchen. The toilet facilities were very clean and there are plenty of baby changing units in the large family rooms.
In terms of value for money I think Yarnton Magic Garden is reasonably priced. Under 1s are free, 1 year olds are £3.50, 2-4 years olds £6 and 5 or over are £7. These prices increase by £1.50 each on weekends and during school holidays. You do have to pay £2 for adults which I do find a bit annoying as adults wouldn’t play on any of the equipment but it seems to be the norm at a lot of soft plays to charge this. I would recommend this for kids up to the age of 5/6. Any older than that and they’d be really too big for it but its perfect for little ones. Parking is free.
- Toilets / Disabled Toilet Yes
- Pushchair / Wheelchair Friendly Yes
- Disabled Access Yes ramps, automatic doors and disabled parking
- Dog Friendly No, assistance dogs only.
- Refreshments available Yes cafe in the soft play and in the main garden centre
- Car Park Yes
- Gift Shop Yes (garden centre)
- Baby facilities Several large family toilets with baby changing facilities, high chairs, etc.
Address: Sandy Lane, Yarnton, OX5 1PA
Price Band: £
Disclaimer: I paid for my tickets and am not affiliated with Yarnton. All photos, words and opinions are that of my own.
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