May the 17th was a happy day at 360 Play’s centres for customers and staff. This leading leisure attraction group closed its doors along with the rest of the country’s hospitality businesses back in December last year, with the hope it would only be a few weeks before they could reopen. Five months later and in line with stage 3 of the road map, 360 Play finally got to welcome back many local families for some well overdue fun and play.
“The coronavirus has had deep and wide impacts on our city, our families and many of the local businesses that serve them. Some of the most impacted and yet least talked about are our children. As a father of two boys I have seen some of the impacts this latest lockdown has had on them which is why I am so pleased we can open up our attraction for local families to be able to come and enjoy some play time without screens” Founder and Managing Director Duncan Phillips.
Maureen, grandmother to Reece and Fay, was visiting Rushden Lakes’ centre and said “Its amazing to be back and able to spend some quality playtime with my grandchildren in the safe clean environment that 360 Play gives us. The kids adore it here and it makes for an easy day out”
360 Centre Manager Lauren Jenkins said “The second lock down has been very hard on many of our staff and so we are really pleased to be able to get back to doing what we love here at 360, and hopefully put some smiles back on our customers faces. We will keep in place our covid safe operating procedures and be limiting numbers while we steadily emerge from the latest lockdown. I have been with 360 Play for 5 years now and have really missed seeing the centre full of life over the last few months, so I and all the team are loving the noise our first customers are making with us today.”
360 Play was founded over 10 years ago and now has seven play centres across the South East and South Midlands. Founder Duncan Phillips started the business to give families like his own a place where they could all play together. Utilising hands on creative play environments, physically active play settings and skills based play attractions, the centre encourages intergenerational active play in a more traditional way, encouraging adults to spend time playing with their children and having fun too.