I'm a Mum of two boys living in Oxfordshire, enjoying lots of fun activities and writing about them when I get a chance.
Published September 9th 2012
Sit back and relax while the kids play
The really huge soft play centres are great fun for kids and can keep them occupied for hours on a rainy day. However, if like me you have a young baby who doesn't conveniently fall asleep when your toddler is playing then something a bit smaller makes it easier to to multi task and pretend you are a supermum.
Not far from the well know Bicester Village, Bicester Avenue north of Oxford is less designer but more practical.
Running up to the main garden centre is a row of shops including Laura Ashley, Lakeland and Cotswold Outdoor which may give my family a clue to why they receive certain presents. Greeting you at the end of the wide pedestrian walkway is the Wyevale which is more than just a garden centre. There is an extensive area selling plants and everything you can imagine for your garden as well as a farm shop and large gift shop.
The shops are an added bonus for me to nip into but the real reason I visit is for their soft play zone. There are three areas, one for under 3's, a larger area for bigger kids and some outdooor equipment. Drinks and cakes are available to buy once you enter and there's plenty of comfortable areas to sit. The size of this place means that you can easily sit back with your cup of tea and still see your little one(s) throwing themselves down the slide.
Wyevale Soft Play Zone
Compared to other soft play venues, entry is cheaper. It's £2.50 if you have a gardening club card and this can be picked up free of charge as you enter the Wyevale Garden centre. Entry without the card is £4.50 so it's definitely worth picking up.
There is also a large restaurant and smaller coffee shop near the soft play zone in case you want a change of scenery for snack time.