Dobbies reopen soft plays with safety measures in place

Following updated guidance from the UK Government that soft plays may reopen in England, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, Dobbies Garden Centre, is reopening 31 soft plays across the estate throughout September.

The safety of team members and customers remains the number one priority, and a number of social distancing measures have been put in place.

Dobbies’ soft plays are cleaned and sanitised before opening, mid-way through the day and after closing, to make play time safe. Atalian Servest have been employed to apply Zoono antibacterial cleaning product fortnightly.

There will be reduced capacity in all soft plays, with customers requested to book in advance to manage numbers. This will also enable team members to collect data for NHS Test and Trace. There are extra hand cleaning stations, and adults will be required to wear face coverings until seated at a table within the soft play. Face coverings are not required for children under 11.

Graeme Jenkins, CEO of Dobbies, said: “We have successfully reopened garden centres and restaurants across the UK, and are well-place to welcome customers into our soft plays. Thank you to all team members who have worked hard to ensure our soft plays are ready and we look forward to welcoming visitors for a fun and safe day out.”

For a video for our measures:

The dates for opening are outlined below, but may be subject to change.


Open now: Altrincham, Ashford, Atherstone, Bury St Edmonds, Chesterfield, Derby, Leicester, Liverpool, Shenstone, Shrewsbury, Southport, Stapleton, Stockton, Telford, Woodbridge, Harleston Heath, Marple, Moreton Park, Royston, Aylesbury, Galton, Gillingham, Hare Hatch, Thornbury, Stratford-Upon-Avon.


From 21 September: Gloucester, Havant, Kings Lynn.



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