Playcentre and activity venue in Nottinghamshire off the A1 in Tuxford near Retford Ollerton and Worksop

Welcome to My Playful World

An award winning children’s imaginative play centre and café, situated a  short drive from the A1 in Nottinghamshire.

My Playful World contains a miniature role-play town with many interactive areas, for children aged 0-7 to enjoy. These include a grocery store, theatre, home area, vets, construction site with mini ride-ons, a reading corner, ice cream stand and a newly built baby area for our pre-walkers. This is all set in a welcoming, clean and relaxing venue with a café and plenty of free parking right outside.

The play centre is fully visible from our café so you can  see your little ones when you take a coffee break. We focus on fresh home-made food, using organic produce where possible. There is always a selection of tasty home-made bakes available, which take into consideration various dietary requirements.

Our organic coffee is freshly ground and we have a wide range of teapigs teas to choose from as well as the ever popular artisan Harry’s handmade hot chocolates.

Check out our google & Facebook reviews to see why we’ve become a favourite venue for families.

Play areas

Parents are free to join in with their children’s play, but mind the low door frames…My Playful World is built especially for children.

We have a mini grocery store where children can shop using their baskets and trolleys, pay for their food at the check-out and take their shopping back to the home area. The home area is laid out with a kitchen, dining table, bedroom and all the things you would expect in a house-except in miniature!

We have the indoor park area where children can get an ice cream from the ice cream stall, pick the vegetables or tend to the flowers growing in the planters. They can have a teddy bear’s picnic, play with the sensory toys or read a book in the tepee.

We have a beautiful art deco style theatre, complete with stage where children can play with a huge variety of dressing-up clothes and accessories, then they can put on a show for their grown-ups! Up the lane we have the vets, where children can tend to their pets, take them for a walk or give them a bath. 

Finally, we have the construction area where the children can dress up as builders; high-vis, hard-hats, goggles, ear-defenders, gloves-the lot! They can play at the Duplo table, build a tower as big as themselves using the foam bricks, ride on the diggers, play with the cars or busy themselves creating something with the tools at the workstation.

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We situated a short, 5 minute drive from the A1 (Markham Moor exit), in Tuxford, Newark and close to a number of major towns and cities including Lincolnshire.

We are only a 15 minute drive from Retford, Newark and Ollerton, a 20 minute drive from Worksop,a 30 minute drive from Mansfield, Doncaster, Grantham and Gainsborough, or a 40 minute drive from Nottingham, Chesterfield, Hucknall and Sutton-in-Ashfield.

We welcome visitors from far and wide, including those making a stop-off on a longer journey (being just off the A1). We also have plenty of on-site parking available.

Please note, that to keep the place hygienically clean for your little ones, we do have a ‘no-shoes’ policy inside the main area of the play centre.

To come to one of our play sessions, reserve a place here using our online booking system. To enquire about our parties or school group bookings please email or call us.

Little Dutch toy at indoor activity play venue

Play sessions

When visiting, children have 90-minutes of play time. After the session, we take some time to ‘re-set’ the areas ready for the next group, with a little help from those in the session. We always make sure the play centre is thoroughly clean for each new group arriving.

Sessions run throughout the week at the following times:

– 9:30am – 11:00am
– 11:30am – 1:00pm
– 1:30pm – 3:00pm 
– 3:30pm – 5:00pm (Saturday only)

We do have additional sessions – please see our Events page for more information.

We are a relatively small venue, which our customers love as we never feel ‘crazy busy’ and the customer service is more attentive. Being a smaller venue does mean that we struggle to accommodate walk-in customers, so pre-booking is recommended.

My Playful World can also be booked out for children’s parties. We take the hassle out of the planning and preparations, so you can just sit back and enjoy your child’s special day. Please get in touch if you would like more information, and do check out our online reviews from people who have chosen to have their child’s party with us – all 5 stars!

We also offer packages to schools (Key Stage One) and early years providers for group sessions at My Playful World. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) encourages learning through games and play; which is the very ethos of My Playful World.

Make An Enquiry

For any questions relating to our play sessions, parties or school packages, please email us through our online enquiry form.
Cafe area serving hot and cold food and drinks near Retford


The menu at My Playful World focuses on freshly made food, using organic produce where possible. We always have vegan and vegetarian options available, as well as our ever popular home-made bakes, which change daily.

The organic coffee is freshly ground and there are a wide range of teapigs teas to choose from. We also serve the ever popular artisan Harry’s handmade hot chocolate. There are plant milks available for all our hot drinks (oat, soya & coconut) as well as dairy options.

Gift Vouchers

We are now offering Gift Vouchers – the perfect gift idea for family and friends. All redeemable against our booking fees and can be used for more than one booking.