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Girl About Cheshire visits the incredible Castaway Play!

By Jenny Schippers – 3rd September 2020

Calling all Pirates and Jungle Explorers…

It’s time to lift the anchor and set sail for an adventure like no other!

Castaway Play, just outside Congleton, is the perfect place to visit with little ones come rain or shine. This innovative playspace located at Congleton Garden Centre allows children the opportunity to play, explore, and exercise in a safe environment. The complex includes the Pirate Play & Indoor Jungle as well as the outdoor (covered) Castaway Playground.

I prebooked a 2-hour session (11.45 am-1.45 pm) for my three-year-old daughter and we visited today. The cost for the Pirate Play & Indoor Jungle was a very reasonable £6 which included one accompanying adult, additional adults are charged at £1.50.  On arrival, the safety measures were immediately reassuring. Both adults and children were temperature checked and face masks were requested to be worn by adults in the indoor play area at all times, aside from eating and drinking. Hand sanitiser was plentiful and the staff appeared to be keeping up with a good cleaning regime. As we visited over the lunchtime session, the cafe was in full swing serving delicious looking picnic boxes for children as well as a variety of pizzas, toasties, and hot/cold drinks.

The indoor section was much larger than I anticipated and I was really impressed. Not a soft play, although there is a small enclosed padded area for babies, the play centre includes the separate Pirate Play and Lost Jungle areas. Both areas have ample seating and you could easily base yourself at a table close to your child’s favourite play ‘zone’. As we hadn’t visited before my daughter was excited to try everything out and we moved between the two sandpits, climbing frame, water play areas and raised walkways. There are also a couple of bouncy castles which proved popular!

The outdoor, covered, Castaway Playground is a great choice for those still preferring to socialise in the open. You did not have to wear masks in this area and were not temperature checked (as far as I could see). Although covered and sheltered from the elements it is outside so bear this in mind on a cooler day. The playground had a giant sandpit, slides, and plentiful seating. Access to the indoor cafe and toilets required a mask to be worn.

Points to note: those that had obviously visited before came prepared with swimwear/change of clothes for the water play areas which in hindsight would have been a great idea. Your two-hour playtime includes any time to eat so factor this in when ordering food, especially during the busy lunchtime play slot. No picnics are allowed due to allergies however taking drinking water for little ones seemed to be fine.

The Pirate Play & Indoor Jungle area is big and my daughter did not manage to cover everything in the two hours. We travelled 45 minutes to visit Castaway Play as I had heard great things and I wasn’t disappointed. It was absolutely worth the drive and we will definitely be back to revisit.

For more information visit: Castaway Play Congleton on Facebook

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Jenny x


This is a Girl About recommendation. This means that it was not gifted in return for a review but paid in full by our writer and the venue had no idea that I was there. We only recommend places we absolutely love, and places that we know you’ll love too!


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