Outdoor adventure for children and young people aged 5-15 after school, at weekends and during school holidays.Read more
An afternoon drop in session for children form birth to 5 years old and their families.Read more
A weekly session for children and young people with additional needs and their families.Read more
Marble Hill Playcentres is a voluntary organisation and registered charity located in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
For over 40 years, Marble Hill Playcentres has been providing kids and young people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities with a unique, exciting and safe environment to play, explore, be active and get messy. In a world where many kids spend significant time in structured, controlled environments, the Playcentres provide an opportunity for them to develop and express themselves in an independent, stimulating space.
Once a Council-funded facility, Marble Hill Playcentres became a charity 17 years ago when funding was sadly stopped, and since then has been reliant on the generosity and support of volunteers, users and the local community to keep operating. Having come incredibly close to closing its doors forever at the end of 2017, the Playcentres team are delighted that we have been able to secure funding to reopen this Spring.
However, in order to keep the Charity a thriving part of our community, we have had to make the difficult decision to introduce new pricing this year. Last year, less than half (44%) of the running costs (staff, equipment maintenance, health and safety) were covered by the entrance fee, leaving us a huge funding gap to fill. Whilst we remain focused on securing as much third-party funding for the Playcentres as possible, new pricing will help significantly. We have introduced a multiple entrance pass which provides a discounted rate for users to help minimise the impact of this change. These passes are not individually named so can be shared by siblings and friends, and used by carers of multiple children. We also continue to provide free passes to low income families and are proud of our long running Saturday morning Inclusive Play Project for children with additional needs – both initiatives reflecting our ambition to keep this unique facility open for as many local children to enjoy as possible. Detailed information on prices and opening times is listed on the specific One O’Clock Club and Adventure Playground sections of this website.
On a happier note, we’re making other changes to make the Playcentres as accessible and enjoyable as possible, including:
Remember, registration for the Playcentres (mandatory for all users to register at the start of each season to ensure we have correct contact information in case of emergencies) is quick and easy on line – please register before you come. Last year over 200 hours of staff time were spent completing forms on the door so we hope you will understand that we are introducing a new £3 registration fee if you would like the Playcentre staff to complete the registration for you on arrival. If you do forget to register beforehand, it’s easy to do it yourself on your mobile device.
Thanks for taking the read about our wonderful Charity. If you would like to donate (we openly welcome your time, skills and money!) then please do so via the green button or get in touch with our team – we’d love to hear from you.