Driving past this place you'd never know this little gem was hidden away amongst the tennis courts! This café is brilliant for mums and dads who would like to have a coffee and actually talk to each other without having to entertain a fidgety toddler.
The café and play areas are part of the Ferny Hills Pure Tennis Centre and the opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am - 11am, at this time the staff close the cafe for a 3 hour period (presumably to teach tennis!), reopening from 2pm - 6pm. Regardless of this, the play area stays open for the duration of the day so no need to disturb the fun! And if you don't manage to get there during the week, the Kids Play Cafe is also open Saturdays from 7.30am -11.30am. The centre is easy to locate and there's heaps of on site parking behind the tennis courts if you are looking to pay them a visit.
The thing that makes this cafe stand out? One of the tennis courts has been allocated as a giant, caged 'all vehicles' area for the kids. There are about 12 mini ride on coupes, tractors, jeeps, and trucks for your kids to drive themselves right into nap time! The court is also fully fenced so you can sit back and relax, all whilst keeping an eye on your little ones from the seating area.
As well as the outdoor vehicle area, there is also a great indoor play area - it's a cute little room with soft mat flooring, packed with excellent toys. Cars, doll houses, a play kitchen - and you can sit at one of the little tables and have your coffee whilst watching them - winning!
The cafe itself serves up simple food like toasties, muffins, etc. as well as a selection of child friendly drinks and snacks which are all very reasonably priced! So if you're within the local area or even if you're not, your little ones are sure to love The Play Cafe!