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The Best Soft Play Places In & Around St Ives Cornwall

The Best Soft Play Places In & Around St Ives Cornwall

The Best Soft Play Places In & Around St Ives Cornwall

Soft Play centres aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Before I had kids, I don’t think I’d ever set foot in one. They weren’t really around back in the days of my youth (or maybe they were but my parents hated them too). However, now I had 2 very active, bouncy kids, soft play is a godsend on a ghastly rainy day. It burns off lots of their energy whilst I can sit on my bum drinking coffee.

St Ives itself is a bit lacking in soft play facilities. I dream that one day someone will convert The Malakoff (the massive big empty white building under the bus station) into a big soft play centre. I’m sure that if this ever did happen my kids will be far too old to use it though!

There are some good soft play places all within a short(ish) drive from St Ives. Here are the ones we like.

Paradise Park Jungle Barn, Hayle

Paradise Park has a soft play centre called The Jungle Barn. It is part of their whole complex, so you get to use the soft play and visit the animals too.

What It Has To Offer

  • very big main area on 2 levels.
  • 3 huge slides and one smaller slide
  • rope walk
  • lots of obstacles
  • room to run around
  • separate under 5’s area
  • cafe
  • gift shop
  • lots of seating
  • birthday parties can be held here
  • big, free car park
  • part of the main animal park

How Much It Costs

You pay for admission to the entire park – not just the Jungle Barn soft play. During Winter they sometimes offer soft play only entry at certain times which is much cheaper.

Adults: £15.45

Children: £11.95

Under 3’s go free

Return tickets for all: £3.99 (buy them on your way out of your first visit)

Season tickets are available

There are usually vouchers available on their website and in the tourist information giving between £1 and £2 off per person.

Opening Times

The Jungle Barn is open from 10am – 6pm throughout the year.


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Gwel-An-Mor Base Camp, Portreath

Gwel-an-Mor has a lovely new soft play facility which we love. It has an excellent soft play zone, a clip n climb climbing wall for the older kids, and a nice cafe.

What It Has To Offer

  • Very good soft play set up. It is on 3 floors but only one main entrance, so the kids can’t stray. It is jam packed full of things for them to do. It must be designed by a different company to the usual soft places in Cornwall – we like the variety!
  • There is an additional soft play area for the much younger children.
  • They limit the number of children in the soft play area – I think it is 21? This ensures it doesn’t get too crowded.
  • The clip n climb walls are brilliant for children who need to burn off lots of energy! They are really safe to do and the staff are excellent.
  • The cafe serves lovely coffee, plus some nice food too.
  • The loos are lovely (yes I’m sounding very middle aged). But they really are – nice handwash and art on the walls too!
  • Big, free car park.
  • No gift shop – hurrah!

What We Don’t Like

  • It can get busy – like all good soft play places in Cornwall! You do need to book ahead though for the Clip n Climb which is good to know!
  • The seating area in front of the soft play looking over the clip n climb walls doesn’t have much room. We felt a bit jostled! There is plenty of seating elsewhere though.
  • The coffee could be slightly bigger and slightly cheaper!

How Much It Costs

Soft play: £6 on weekends and school holidays. Weelday term time prices are £4 for under 3’s and £6 for over 3’s. Under ones or those not walking go free.

Don’t forget to take socks!

Clip n Climb 1 hour sessions: Ages 4-14 £8 during weekends and school holidays. £4 during term time after 3pm.  Ages 15+ £9 during weekends and school holidays. £5 during term time after 3pm.

Adults go free!


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Brewer’s Fayre Soft Play, Hayle

I will admit to being a bit snooty about this place. I just didn’t like the idea of taking my kids into a bit of a grubby looking pub/restaurant to use the soft play. I went there several times when my daughter was younger and always got annoyed with the group of smokers standing around the doorway. However, we recently went there to a birthday party and I must say it has really smartened up.

We returned this weekend as we had received 2-for-1 meal vouchers through the door. We arrived at 11am on Sunday morning. The kids played for 90mins whilst we had coffee. We then all sat down to Sunday lunch. They do a carvery which was pretty decent! The kids menu is also not bad (I have VERY picky children). They were especially impressed with the desserts. 79p for little pancakes with strawberries, banana and chocolate sauce. I had 2 VERY happy kids!

What We Like

  • The soft play is quite small, but really well designed. It is a sort of “cage” on 2 levels with a couple of little slides and obstacles to get over. There is a toddler area to one side too.
  • It isn’t very expensive – £3 per child and free if your child is under 90cms. You don’t pay for grown ups. The play session is for 90 mins and your child gets a wrist band.
  • It feels very safe. The main soft play only has one in and out bit so it is really easy to keep an eye on your kids. Also, the door into the main pub/restaurant is really heavy. My kids struggle to open it, so the chances of escape are slim!
  • You can get coffee refills. You pay for a mug of coffee and fill it up as many times as you like. It isn’t the GREATEST coffee, but it isn’t bad.
  • The staff are really nice. The lady that we have run into several times there is so sweet and helpful. She even got my son to take his shoes off to put him under 90cms!
  • It is easy and free to park there.

What We Don’t Like

  • It can get very busy although they do restrict numbers. Also, the sessions are limited to 90mins, so there is a flow of kids.
  • They have a little room to one side with a big TV screen playing Dennis The Menace. My kids get lured in by this and would happily sit there and watch it. We don’t come to soft play to watch TV, they can do that at home!
  • The pub area is what it is. It’s not my idea of the most glorious place to eat or drink, but I am probably being a little bit precious!

How Much It Costs

£3 per child and free if your child is under 90cms. You don’t pay for grown ups. The play session is for 90 mins and your child gets a wrist band.


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Playzone, Penzance

Playzone Penzance is held in St John’s Church. It isn’t a purpose built play zone set up, like most of the other soft play zone. It is more of a set up in a church hall. Albeit a lovely set up – they have a bouncy castle, climbing frame, ball pool, slide, and lots of other bits and pieces.

What We Like

  • The soft play is quite small, but really well designed. It is a sort of “cage” on 2 levels with a couple of little slides and obstacles to get over. There is a toddler area to one side too.
  • It isn’t very expensive – £3 per child and free if your child is under 90cms. You don’t pay for grown ups. The play session is for 90 mins and your child gets a wrist band.
  • It feels very safe. The main soft play only has one in and out bit so it is really easy to keep an eye on your kids. Also, the door into the main pub/restaurant is really heavy. My kids struggle to open it, so the chances of escape are slim!
  • You can get coffee refills. You pay for a mug of coffee and fill it up as many times as you like. It isn’t the GREATEST coffee, but it isn’t bad.
  • The staff are really nice. The lady that we have run into several times there is so sweet and helpful. She even got my son to take his shoes off to put him under 90cms!
  • It is easy and free to park there.

What We Don’t Like

  • It can get very busy although they do restrict numbers. Also, the sessions are limited to 90mins, so there is a flow of kids.
  • They have a little room to one side with a big TV screen playing Dennis The Menace. My kids get lured in by this and would happily sit there and watch it. We don’t come to soft play to watch TV, they can do that at home!
  • The pub area is what it is. It’s not my idea of the most glorious place to eat or drink, but I am probably being a little bit precious!

How Much It Costs

£3 per child and free if your child is under 90cms. You don’t pay for grown ups. The play session is for 90 mins and your child gets a wrist band.


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