Every now and then, we are invited to a blogging event that just fits perfectly with the children and their various activities. A couple of weeks ago, we were asked if we would like to attend the relaunch of the Play at Brewers Fayre at The Old Brickworks in Bradford. Normally it would be too far away to go for a couple of hours but as luck would have it, Millie was spending the morning training in Leeds.
So off, Tara and I went in search of the new Beano themed soft play area inside the Brewers Fayre. The play area itself is a lot bigger than the ones we are used to in our local pubs. Now Tara is 4, this is perfect – they very quickly grow out of that baby area. I did expect her to cling to me and hoped I wouldn’t end up rescuing her half way down a slide. I needn’t have worried, she ran off as soon as she could and completely loved it. I think her face says it all in the pictures!
Tara had the chance of her face painted by the amazing face painter – I’ve never seen such an array of paints. She was fantastic – I asked for a bunny as that is what Tara had in mind expecting a tiny little bunny on the side of her face. Look what she got! Incredible talent – well worth the queue.
We had also been invited for lunch and were given the choice of sitting in the play area itself or inside the pub eating area. I spend quite a lot of time during the week in play areas so fancied playing being ‘ladies that lunch’ with Tara so we opted to eat in the pub. I can imagine that if your child wanted to carry on playing you would want to eat inside the play area – This actually looked ok too though. The tables are arranged around the outskirts of the play area so you can keep an eye on your kids as they are playing.
I had the Chicken Tikka Masala which smelt wonderful – After a long drive to get there and a huge play, I was more than ready. Tasted great too and good hearty portion.
Tara opted for the Spaghetti Bolognaise which she enjoyed but I have to be honest, she wanted mine more! I like that Brewers Fayre still put a small salad on a kid’s meal – Makes a change from the endless nugget & chips that you so often see.
There are colouring packs available to keep the kids occupied but we didn’t need them. Tara was more than delighted with her flower balloon and was raring to get back in the play area. She did wait around for her ice-cream to arrive though which went down very well!
There is Beano branding all over the play area – It is really bright and colourful without being too in your face. There is also a separate room where crafts were being done which also hosts birthday parties – There was a private party going on the day we were there so we didn’t venture in but we were too occupied with the assault course to notice. On the day there was also a huge Dennis the Menace who worked so hard posing for photos – There was no way Tara would go anywhere near him though. She is absolutely terrified of all massive fancy dress characters.
All in all, we had a great time – A lovely event with super friendly staff who really appreciated us being there. Tara has been asking if we can go back which is always a good sign. I like the new Beano branding (its not Dennis’ fault that Tara was scared of him). The Beano characters have longevity that some of the recent TV shows won’t have and we didn’t feel that the theme was too forced. This is the second Beano themed Brewers Fayre to open in the UK with plenty more planned in the near future.