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.


Woodland Play Patch are proud to host the Tiny Talk Sign Language Durham class, on a Thursday morning at 9.30. This class is fantastic for bonding with your baby and helping you both to communicate with each other, while the little ones cannot speak. 


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


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


TUESDAY : 9:30AM - 3PM



FRIDAY:  9:30AM - 4PM




0 -6 Months: £1

7 -18 Months: £3

18 Months & older : £4

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!!


Open Sign

Seeds and Sunflowers Coffee morning


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.

Normal entry will apply,  tea, coffee, water, juice and pastries will be provided.

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.

Please notify us by ticking “going” and send me a message to let me know who you are, and how old your baby/ toddler is or if you are pregnant. Spaces will be limited.

I can’t wait to meet you all!



More information will be provided soon.



More information will be provided soon.

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


0191 389 6211

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