Who Are We?
Welcome to Once Upon A Time. We are a much loved, family-run business with Hayley - at the helm.
Upon becoming a parent again after a 19 year age gap between siblings, Hayley realised that her passion lay in creating inventive spaces for children and families to enjoy together, and hence, Once Upon A Time was born.
Once Upon A Time is a cafe with a variety of imaginative, all-weather play areas. We offer a safe haven for you, the parents and carers, to enjoy guilt-free relaxation or conversation with family or friends whilst your children explore our play areas. Your child can learn about the emergency services and put out a (fake!) fire. They can become a Vet or Zoologist, practice their motor skills - quite literally - in our Tyre-Fitters Mechanics Garage, see what it's like to be a nurse or doctor in our hospital, make the most of our Pirate ship, enjoy our range of outdoor play equipment and put on a show using the outfits in our Fancy Dress Wardrobe. And after all that, why not share some downtime with one of our books? Children can only aspire to be what they know exists - so let them explore and expand their imagination as freely and as fully as they wish!
We also offer ceramics to paint . Our paints can be oven baked at 150 degrees for 30 minutes which means our many tourists don't need to worry about returning to collect like at other pottery establishments. It also means the price can be kept down and for tiny fingers who make almost everything brown they can improve their dexterity and fine motor skills, their imaginations without breaking the bank. we don't wish to compete with the beautiful ceramic painting businesses as their offering is professional and beautiful, what we know as parents though is that young children love to paint ceramics but parents can't afford them to try with the more professional of finishes. our paint is child safe and once baked its dishwasher proof our range of ceramics is also limited as this is not our business just an ancillary offering to our cafe.
We also sell craft bags - Make a spoon person, a dream catcher, a friendship bracelet, slime or many other activities available in the craft bags
We are a fully licensed cafe offering a range of beverages and fresh home cooked, locally sourced food. Why not unwind in one of our cosy seating areas while your children work up an appetite!