Pineapple and Bears Soft Play Review

Thanks to our writer Gaia for this post based on a visit in March 2022. Please check with venue direct for the most up-to-date information. If you’re looking for a soft play with a very chic aesthetic that’s actually pleasant to spend time in as an adult, check out Pineapple and Bears ( under 7s playhub in Winlaton Mill. Sessions must be pre-booked. Walk ins are not available in the cafe areas/soft play at this time.

Pineapple and Bears Soft Play Review

Pineapple and Bears Highlights: 

🐻Lots to keep under 7s happy

🍍Indoor and outdoor play areas

🐻All play areas visible from tables

🍍Tasty food and proper coffee

🐻Very stylish and very clean playspace 

🍍Delicious looking cakes

Pineapple and Bears Opening Hours

Mon 09:15 - 15:45

Tue 09:15 - 15:45

Wed 09:15 - 15:45

Thu 09:15 - 15:45

Fri 09:15 - 15:45

Sat 09:30 - 16:30

Sun 09:30 - 16:30

Unit 2, spa well road, Winlaton mill, GB, NE21 6RT. There is a bus stop close by.

Pineapple and Bears is tucked away underneath a Greek restaurant opposite the Land of Oak and Iron. There’s an outdoor space which is all enclosed and will be great now the weathers getting brighter. It wasn’t open on the day of our visit but is now open and spaces can be booked online (check weather beforehand).

Pineapple and Bears Soft Play Review  - outdoor area

Pineapple and Bears Prices & Booking

There are different price bands depending on age - my 4 year old was £5.50 (in March 2022) and each accompanying adult is £0.25 just so they can keep a handle on numbers. I think that’s pretty reasonable compared to our other local soft plays. 

You have to book online at least a few days in advance as they restrict numbers which makes it very pleasant as it’s never overly busy. 

Under 3 months - 25p admin fee 3 months - 1 year - £3.50

1 - 3 years old - £5.50

3 - 7 years old - £6.00

Adults 25p admin fee

There’s a little car park outside Pineapple and Bears which has just enough spaces but is a bit of a squeeze - there’s another car park over the road next to the Land of Oak and Iron too.

Pineapple and Bears Playhub

There’s lots of wood and a mustard yellow and grey colour scheme. It’s ideal if you want to spend time in a pretty cafe that also happens to be great fun for little kids. 

I overheard some mums saying that it’s ideal for their toddlers because there’s no bigger kids tearing around which is very true.

This is very much a hands on soft play where the parents can join in with the fun or sit and watch, as you can see every part of it from the seating area because of its relatively small size and layout.

It’s great if you only have kids under 7 or can get the bigger kids looked after to spend some quality time with the little ones. 

There are slides, things to climb over and under, ball pits, a very cute wooden caravan, lots of loose parts to build and let their imagination run wild with. Pineapple and Bears has a dedicated baby area which has lots of sensory toys, books, blankets and a ball pool. 

There’s also a sensory room for non-moving babies which must be booked separately. 

Between sessions they clean & tidy everything up. 

Everything was very clean on our visit and there are nappy changing facilities with wipes as well as a potty in the ‘family toilet’. The other toilets were being cleaned when we visited. 

Pineapple and Bears Soft Play Review  - baby change

Pineapple and Bears Food & Drink

As well as the cafe inside the soft play there’s a separate cafe area which was being utilised by parents with napping babies on our visit. This additional cafe area is for the use of sensory room customers.

It also has a little shop selling super chic baby clothes, trendy baby plates and toys. 

Pineapple and Bears Soft Play Review  - cake counter

There’s a counter in both cafes with an array of drool-worthy cakes - cookie dough pies, massive rainbow cakes, cookies and tray bakes on our visit amongst others. You take a table and order at the counter.

As we visited over lunchtime we went for a kids snack plate £3.50 and a club sandwich £5.50. Click on the menu images below to zoom in if needed.

Pineapple and Bears Soft Play Review  - cafe menu

Pineapple and Bears Soft Play Review  - kids menu

Pineapple and Bears Soft Play Review  - afternoon tea menu

We tried out the kids loaded hot choc which are only £2.50 and a flavoured kinder latte which was £3.95. All very reasonable prices in my opinion.

She loved her hot choc which was covered in sweets (of course!) The latte was proper coffee (which is not always a given in a softplay!) but was a little on the cold side and didn’t taste like it had any syrup in it, but hopefully this was a one off. It had little kinder chocolate bars on top as well as whipped cream.

The food was lovely - lots of nice dressed salad and homemade coleslaw accompanied my chicken and bacon toasted club sandwich. It could’ve done with a little more mayo but was otherwise spot on. The kids plate is perfect for picky eaters who just want some nibbles while they play like Ada. There are lots of options for kids and adults and they do mix & match afternoon teas as well. 

I would recommend a visit to Pineapple and Bears if you’ve got little ones, it’s a really lovely place to spend time in for adults as well as children. Prices are reasonable and the food is good. What more can you ask for? It’ll be even better when the outdoor area is open and you can sit out there on a sunny day. I asked my four year old what she thought after we left and she said she gives it “four thumbs up!” which is high praise indeed!

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