Brand new children’s play centre set to open its doors in Batley

Children’s roleplay centre - The Little Town of Play - will officially open in Batley today (Thursday).

By Jessica Barton
Thursday, 26th May 2022, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 7th June 2022, 6:22 pm
Joe Battye and Steve Siddle ahead of the opening of the new interactive roleplay centre.
Joe Battye and Steve Siddle ahead of the opening of the new interactive roleplay centre.

The Little Town of Play, which is located at the Frontier Business Park, caters for families with children who love to pretend and explore their imagination.

The small town has 11 areas for children to explore such as a pet clinic, supermarket, hospital, cafe, garage, and much more.

These 11 different areas are filled with amazing equipment, toys and dress up to spark your child's imagination.

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The 11 different areas within the little town are filled with amazing equipment, toys and dress up to spark your child's imagination.

The Little Town of Play is a family-run business managed by husband and wife duo Steve and Sophie Siddle, who opened their first Little Town of Play in Rotherham in 2019.

Steve said: “We had quite a few customers from the Kirklees area come and visit our site in South Yorkshire and almost all of them said that there was nothing like this around them.

“When we came out of lockdown and we got ourselves more established we started looking at opening a second site.

“With those discussions with the customers in mind, this neck of the woods seemed like the ideal opportunity.

The team at The Little Town of Play are excited to bring this new offer to Batley.

“It seemed like the perfect fit to be located at the Frontier Business Park, with Swim! being next door and the other family friendly businesses on site - it was perfect for us and the site.

“We are very excited and everything is slowly coming together.

“The feedback we are getting back already from the local community has been brilliant and everyone seems excited for us to open.

“I just can't wait for everybody to book on, come and see us and see what The Little Town of Play is all about - come and explore the little town.”

Sophie said: “It is going to be fantastic because there is nothing like this around here.

“Feel free to come and see us and have a chat because we are parents too, we have two small children, so we get it.

“We want to create a wonderful, safe place for parents and children.”

The Frontier Business Park site - originally known as Batley Frontier nightclub - has been developed by Joe Battye to make the land a family leisure destination which includes JD Gym, Zucchini’s restaurant, Starbucks, Swim! and now The Little Town of Play.

Joe said: “I am very much looking forward to the opening of The Little Town of Play - I think it is going to be a great success.

“It is a very high quality and in demand service for people with young children especially in the Dewsbury and Batley area, which has been identified by The Little Town of Play.

“It is nice to support a new and relatively young business in the opening of their second site.

“The Little Town of Play also really complements the rest of the Frontier Business Park.

“I also want to thank the family run business Jade Windows, who worked on the development and installed the windows and doors at both Swim! and The Little Town of Play - they have been a great company to work with.”

A spokesperson from Jade Windows said: “We were very proud to work on another project with Joe Battye to get Batley booming again.”

The Little Town of Play opens today (May 26) and is located at the Frontier Business Park, Bradford Road, Batley.

To book your child onto an 80-minute roleplay session, visit: https://www.thelittletownofplaybatley.co.uk/