The Outside In

We are the Treehouse.
We are the first of our kind in the South West.

Yes, we are under the umbrella of 'soft play' but without any of the soft bits. We are less about metal and plastic and more about wood and grass!!

A Place to Unwind

Great food! Even better Coffee!!
We believe we offer the best of Dorset. Coffee straight from the roaster to our door. Locally reared and cooked meats. Locally baked Cakes and Pastries. 

A Place to Play

Toddler and baby indoor garden, woodland adventure play frame, daily classes, parties and loads of family fun. In addition to our play frame and coffee house we have a whole floor set aside for family fun and parties and we'd love to hear your ideas. We've already had a few crazy ideas from our parents which we are working on including indoor crazy golf, remote control car racing, friday night family quiz nights and karaoke.

...and who are we?

We are two people, Chris & Claire who, with a 'little' help from the bank, decided to make a vision reality. Treehouse Family Play comes from three years research into the Indoor play scene across the UK, Europe and America.

We live in Bournemouth with our three kids (Tilly, Lucy & baby Edith) and have found all weather facilities for all three age ranges (Edith is now 1 and Tilly is 10) that not only have the equipment for play, but the staff to integrate and play with, are hard to come by.

We took the plunge and have set out to create something that WE would want to be part of and therefore hopefully you will too


Answers to frequently asked Questions.... 

Q. What is the Treehouse Family Play ethos?

The Treehouse Family Play ethos is one of healthy play and food for the whole family.

Q. Where is Treehouse Family Play located? 

We are located in the centre of Bournemouth, close to the Triangle and Bournemouth library. Please visit our contact page for a map of our precise location.

Q. When is the quietest time to visit the Treehouse?

The weekend and holidays between 11am until 3.30pm will be our busiest time and a 2 hour play restriction may apply. The quietest time to visit is first thing in the morning, mid afternoon or late in the day.

Q. What should we wear to the Treehouse?

We  recommend that you come ready to play dressed with long sleeved tops, long trousers and socks. Shoes must be worn; no open toed sandals or slip on shoes, trainers are ideal! Wellies? Not really!

Q. What is the age range at theTreehouse?

Our facilities are designed for the 0 to 12 year olds. The main play frame is ideally for children from 3 upwards but the younger children can still enjoy parts of the frame with adult supervision. There are separate play areas for the younger crowd!

Q. What classes do you offer at the Treehouse?

We offer a variety of different activities, classes and events throughout the year. All details and updates appear here on the website or on our facebook page.

Q. Do you offer membership at the Treehouse?

Yes. We have just released our first 50 memberships exclusively to our faithful Facebook following. Please email claire@treehousefamilyplay.com to indicate interest and for details.

Q. Will I have to complete a registration form when I visit the Treehouse for the first time? What details will I need to provide?

Yes. All visitors to the Treehouse will now have to register. (Up to now we have not implemented registration). Please visit the pre registration page on the website for more details. This is a requirement of our insurers and is for the safety and security of all children and parents/guardians.

Q. Can I leave my child at the Treehouse unaccompanied?

No. Every child must be accompanied. An adult can accompany up to 4 children and must remain at the Treehouse at all times while the children are on the premises. This is for the safety and security of their children. 

Q. Why don't adults pay?

At Treehouse we wanted to create an environment where parents could join in and participate in all the activities with their children, to allow families to spend quality time together. We have put considerable investment into the surroundings to give parents plenty of seating and leisure facilities in a relaxed and pleasant environment.

However, we believe that in the current economic climate it is fair that parents can spend some money enjoying our cafe area and quality food and coffee, rather than on gaining entry. 

Q. Are there facilities for the disabled?

Unfortunately we do not have full disabled access to the Treehouse. Due to the age of the building and the grade 2 listed nature of our facility we have been unable to alter our entry points to allow wheel chair access. This is something that we hope to change in the coming months.

Q. Can I bring my own food and drink to the Treehouse?

Unfortunately not. We are a licensed restaurant and we must adhere to strict regulations as laid out by the Health & Safety Executive. These are the same for any restaurant and do not permit members of the public to bring their own food (except baby milk and sealed baby food) into the Treehouse.

Q Will my children be safe at the Treehouse?

Yes. We ask all parents to register themselves and their children as they enter the Treehouse. Customers enter through a controlled gate entrance. On exit all guests leave via a controlled gate exit operated by a member of the Treehouse team.

Q. Am I allowed to take photos at the Treehouse?

Parents are allowed to take pictures of their own children, but must be aware of other parents and children when doing so. We do not allow photographs to be taken of the Treehouse facilities in general or of Treehouse staff. We thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Q. What time is the last admission?

Admission is permitted at any time. However, customers must respect that we will be closing at the times advertised.

Q. How many children can 1 parent bring to the Treehouse?

An adult can accompany up to 4 children. This is a recommended ratio enabling the adult to offer the correct duty of care.

Q. Are there any additional costs?

Your admission covers your entry and use of all facilities. There will be additional cost for some of the classes and events. All details will be posted on the website.

Q. How long can we stay?

At the moment, everyone can stay at the Treehouse for as long as they are having fun! However, if at certain times, we get extremely busy, we may have to limit the stay time in order to allow other families to gain entry. We have a limit to the number of people that we can fit into the Treehouse at any one time. This is strictly at the discretion of the management.

Q. What's the easiest way to get to the Treehouse?

We are located close to the centre of Bournemouth and are easily accessed by both car and public transport. Bus stops are 30 seconds walk away and the West Hill car park is directly behind us. Parking here is £1 for 2 hours. St Michaels Road has free parking directly outside the Treehouse for up to 1 hour.

Q. Is it easy to park near the Treehouse?

Yes. If you are lucky you can get a space on St Michaels Road for up to an hours free parking. West Hill car park is directly behind the Treehouse is £1.00 for 2 hours.



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