Warwick gets new play centre
Children's Play Village set for January opening
A new children’s play facility called Children’s Play Village is set to open next year in Warwick.
It is being set up by Shelley Corbett and Alan Gleeson and has been in the making for two years.
Corbett said: “We started looking at the concept around two years ago and we wanted to create something special for children to play in and enjoy with their families. We decided to focus on imaginative and physical play.
“We both have business backgrounds but this is our first play village. This was something that got our imaginations going and ticked all of our personal passion boxes.” The pair both live in Sutton Coldfield and decided that the Warwick site was the best place for their new venture.
“We were looking around the area and around suitable sites and Warwick ticked all of our boxes and is a lovely place to be and it just seemed to be the perfect site.” The play village offers children the opportunity to role play in different settings such as a florists and a construction site, where they can let their imaginations take over.
The play village offers children the opportunity to role play in different settings such as a florists and a construction site, where they can let their imaginations take over.
“We wanted to give children the sense that they are in a real village. We have roads, artificial grass and it really looks like a village square. “We have areas such as a tea room, a salon, a vets, a fire station, a supermarket, a theatre and a construction site.
“The village is ideal for children aged three and above where they will be able to play independently or with their parents or carers. Those under three can explore the play village with parental supervision and also play in our under three’s play area. For babies and crawlers under 12 months we have a dedicated, separate area for play in the ‘Village Square’.
“There will also be play facilitators, who are members of staff, that will be around the village to create a bit of drama and imagination. We are looking to run three play session a day. When we started to look at this idea we did a parents survey to test out the idea and there were lots of comments about overcrowding so we kept that in mind.”
The attraction is due to open at the end of January.