Play Base

Play Base is an immersive experience for children aged 8 or under, offering a variety of fun and engaging activities.

Whether your child wants to take on the soft play assault course, climb aboard a truck or prepare scoff in the cookhouse, Play Base lets every child shine.

A child in Play Base

Coronavirus update

The Play Base will remain closed as per the current government guidance. We will continue to monitor the situation and will reopen when the guidance allows and it is safe for visitors and staff to be present in the space.

In the meantime, we are working behind the scenes to ensure we are ready to welcome our visitors when we are able. If you have any queries about Play Base, please email

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Children aged 1-8 years old: £4.75
Children under 1 year old: FREE
Adults: FREE

Book online


In venue:
Children aged 1-8 years old: £5.75
Children under 1 year old: FREE
Adults: FREE

£1.00 booking fee applies per online transaction.
Only five tickets for children under 1 year old are available per session.

Terms and conditions for ticket sales

Session times

Session 1: 9.40am - 10.40am
Session 2: 11am - 12pm
Session 3: 12.20pm - 1.20pm
Session 4: 1.40pm - 2.40pm
Session 5: 3pm - 4pm
Session 6: 4.20pm - 5.20pm


Ground Floor Lower Level

To guarantee ticket availability we strongly advise booking online in advance.

Our Monday two-hour drop-in session runs from 12.30pm to 2.30pm during term times and entry is allowed at any time within these times. Visit at a time that suits you and stay for as little or as long as you like!

Terms and conditions apply.

Assault course

Physical challenge is a key aspect of soldiering. Overcoming obstacles requires both individual fitness and teamwork. Come and have a go on our soft play assault course if you think you’ve got what it takes!

Play Base soldiers climb obstacle

A child on the Play Base assault course

Play Base command liaison vehicle

Command liaison vehicle

The army teaches soldiers to lead as well as to follow. Climb aboard our command liaison vehicle to explore themes of communications and mobility, driving and mechanical repair.

A child on the Play Base command vehicle


An army marches on its stomach. Make sure the troops are full of beans in our Camp Kitchen and Mess Hall.

Play Base soldier cook

Children in the Play Base cookhouse

Play Base quartermaster

Quartermaster store

Where do soldiers get kitted out? How do they buy provisions and receive messages from home? Get to grips with all these questions at our army storeroom.

A child in the Play Base quatermaster store

In the field

Soldiers need to be able to look after themselves wherever they are. Develop your fieldcraft skills - building camps, dens and shelters - to survive the wild.

Play Base soldiers in the field

Baby area

Our soft and squashy baby area allows our smallest visitors to have a go at camping and other physical activities away from the more boisterous older children.

Terms of use

Read our terms and conditions for ticket sales and entry to Play Base.

Play Base terms and conditions

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