The Secret Village is a brand new imagination play area in East Yorkshire, located in the heart of Anlaby (Pryme Street car park on the parade of shops with the pet shop, behind Fields). It looked great so on a wet Sunday afternoon we decided to have a family afternoon out and see what we thought…..
We took both of my children, aged 5 and just turned 9. My eldest was a bit too old for it but my 5 year old absolutely loved it and loved having her brother to play with her; they played together for the whole 1 hour 30 minutes session (something they would not do at home!). My older son had a hot chocolate and amazing cake too so he was very happy with his afternoon out. I’d say the centre is suitable from babies to around 7 or 8 years, but older siblings are certainly made to feel welcome and I think it did him good to do something other than go on his play station or play football for a change!
I would describe The Secret Village as a very good cafe with a fantastic play area for little ones. It’s ‘proper play’; not soft play or gadgets, just well created little shops and areas for children to play in. They could go to the vets and look after the animals, make meals and drinks in the bistro, dress up and perform in the theatre and be a fireman at the fire station, to name some of them. My children spent the most time just pushing each other on a toy car around the road outside the shops. I also kept them busy by ordering a lot of pizza and taking my poorly toy pets to the vets.
It was lovely to play with my children and come up with games but it was also lovely to have a coffee in peace and watch them play. The play side isn’t huge but it has everything they needed to have lots of fun for the entire time we were there. This also means you can see them at all times from your table in the cafe and I felt relaxed and safe that they were nearby. They are older now but even if I had a toddler or tiny one I would feel comfortable letting them go off and play here. The session was almost full with most tables taken and some very small children in it, but I did notice a lot of parents being able to alternate between playing in the shops with their tots and sitting down with a drink and letting their children play freely.
The centre has only been open for 2 months but it was immaculately clean and tidy. The cafe side was really good too; they sell hot and cold drinks and snacks. The cakes were amazing and some of the best we’ve had! They are baked from scratch fresh for the sessions. I am a complete coffee snob and I’m very fusy about the coffee I have in cafes but this was very good, both myself and my husband really enjoyed ours.
It was a great place to go and spend time t0gether as a family, especially in the cold, wet weather at the moment. It’s also in a great location, I sent my husband off to the pet shop and butchers for errands while I played with the kids and the Crossfit gym is behind the play centre so he had a look around that too!
So overall a big thumbs up for The Secret Village. My 5 year old has already asked when she can go back and I will book in again with her and probably take a friend, they have an after school slot which would be great as an after school treat one day, or a weekend. I’m just upset it didn’t open a few years earlier so I could have gone here rather than soft play when my daughter was a tot! I do have a new nephew who is 6 months old though so I am going to totally max out on visits here with him!
The Sectret Village is open Thursday to Sunday:
Early Morning session – 9.30am – 11am
Mid Morning Session – 11.30 – 1.00pm
Early afternoon session – 1.30pm – 3.00pm
After school session – 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Plus a new session on Tuesdays where they also run extra craft activities.