Woodland Play Patch

A new creative indoor play area in Fencehouses County Durham for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Opened in September 2019, it offers a calming and relaxing environment for both child and carer. This play space in Durham is the perfect fun day out for your little ones in the North East of England!


The team at Woodland Play Patch look forward to meeting you all at our creative play space!

What we are about

Owned and ran by Craig and Sophie Williams, parents their son Avery, Woodland Play Patch was designed to offer a welcoming and calming play space to all parents, carers, babies and toddlers within County Durham and across the North East of England.

After giving birth to Avery, Sophie felt limited with places that she could take Avery to, that had a focus specifically on babies and younger toddlers. Most places that were available were targeted towards older toddlers with a small baby pen and were so large and busy that often anxiety of taking Avery out meant that she often stayed at home.

After attending a local toddlers group in Durham, where she met like minded mums, Sophie realised the importance of building a strong mum friendship circle and over the years from Avery being born to opening Woodland Play Patch, has created some strong mum friendships that she knows she has for life.
After being "that mum" herself, Sophie and Craig wanted to create a space where mothers, fathers and carers can come with new born babies and toddlers, without the chaos of soft play. Somewhere intimate, where over time, customers will always see a familiar face and to encourage mums to sit together, talk and socialise. Somewhere, that allows the children to grow and develop where they can come as babies and enjoy until they start school. Woodland Play Patch offers a  play space suitable for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers  with a space filled with open ended wooden toys, sensory baskets, climbing frame, role play and craft play for toddlers.

In our opening weeks and months we received fantastic feedback from parents and grand parents with children of a variety of ages, from new born up to 5 years (a few older) who played for hours, using their imagination with our various wooden toys. Since we opened in September 2019, we have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know our customers and seeing how the little ones use their imaginations with our toys.  So if you have not been before we look forward to welcomeing you to WOODLAND PLAY PATCH very soon.



Alongside our normal open play, we host coffee mornings and afternoon socials, twice a month. These are in place, to encourage mums across the North East of England whether new or of toddlers, to come along and meet other mums who want to socialise and make friends. We have created a lovely community of mums, some of who travel from various areas of Durham, Sunderland and Newcastle, and we will always include and encourage new visitors to come along. Everyone will be introduced and we have such a friendly bunch of mums that they always make the effort to speak to new comers. If you want to come along but have some anxieties, please get in touch we will always endeavour to put you at ease.

We also host our grandparents socials for any grandparents and carers who want to come down and meet other grandparents and carers in an environment with reduced numbers.  Grandparents Socials are held on alternative Mondays and Thursdays 9.30-11.

We are currently holding two Twin Socials on a monthly basis. One for expecting mams/dads, new babies and unsteady walkers and one for toddlers and confident walkers. We have a closed community group on social for parents of twins and multiples for you to gain advice and support when you need it. These sessions vary each month and more information on sessions and times can be found on our social media pages. 

For more information on our events and classes held in our toddler friendly play area, please get in touch info@woodlandplaypatch.co.uk




12:30 - 2PM

We invite all pregnant mums, new mums and any mums with toddlers who want to make some friends, talk, and get social or talk about their feelings to come on down.

We understand how hard parenting can be, especially In the beginning, so come on down, get some support and walk away with a friend.

These sessions are £3 per child, and additional siblings are able to attend. You can book your slot www.bookwhen.com/woodlandplaypatch

Don’t worry about looking descent, if your having a hard morning, come down in your pjs - no judgement here or bring a family member or friend if you wish.

We also have breast feeding trained volunteers available who can offer support on both breast feeding and bottle feeding.  Spaces are limited.




We have allocated specific mornings on alternative Mondays and Thursdays to our Grandparents Socials.

During Covid, we realised that we had a large amount of our customers who were grandparents and although considered to be high risk, we were still needed as childcare for their children. We decided to implement these grandparent get togethers in order to ensure that these sessions were smaller and more intimate numbers, allowing for grandparents to get together safely. 

These sessions have remained since the restrictions lifted and we have established a lovely group of grandparents who attend the same sessions each week. We allow for both grandparents to attend these sessions, as we appreciate that both of you want to spend time with the grandchildren.

You can book your session here:





More information will be provided soon.

After re-opening from the last restrictions, we saw an increase in visitors with twins parents in county durham and lots of expecting twin parents. During conversations, it became apparent that there wasn't much support available for twin parents in Durham and that expectant twin parents did not know where to go for this support and advice. 

We decided to set up these socials, and our closed facebook group for parents of multiples, as a way to bring twin and multiple parents together and to provide and offer support for those who need it. 

we have split the sessions into two, one for pregnant parents, new babies and unsteady walkers and a seperate one for toddlers and confident walkers.

You can book onto this session on

www.bookwhen.com/woodlandplaypatch or email us with any questions.



Woodland Play Patch is a great fun day out in Durham. Baby and Toddler friendly play space near Sunderland and Newcastle. This easily accessible play cafe is at the heart of the North East of England with great transport links via the A1 motorway and plenty of bus routes to all the surrounding villages across County Durham.

Opening Hours




9:30am - 11am                       12 noon - 1:30pm



9:30am - 11am                          12noon - 1:30pm



9:30am - 11am                           12noon - 1:30pm



9:30am - 11pm                            12noon - 1:30pm 



9:30am - 11pm                             12noon - 1:30pm



9:30am - 11am                              12noon - 1:30pm



By far the best play area we have been do, Philip loved it, he just got straight into playing and really enjoyed his lunch! The whole place is beautiful, perfectly laid out and so friendly and relaxed. Can't wait to come again!!

colorful birthday party


For Any Birthday, Christening, Family Gathering

Woodland Play Patch is available to hire for any occasion from BIRTHDAY PARTIES, CHRISTENING, to FAMILY GATHERING. We can cater for any idea you may have and all pricing allows for exclusive use of Woodland Play Patch.

Here at Woodland Play Patch, we love hosting a birthday for the little ones. We hire our venue out on Saturday’s for exclusive use for 2.5 hours so your special day can be just for you. We enjoy seeing how the parents decorate the venue, around the theme of their choice and we do a personalised sensory tray and craft station as standard, within our prices. For more details, please contact the team to discuss your birthday requirements and how we can ensure your little one has the special day they deserve

Contact Us

10 Morton Crescent, Fencehouses,
Houghton le Spring, Durham, DH4 6AD

0191 389 6211

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