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Soft play at Riverside

Full of fun and adventure, our soft play area is the perfect place for children aged 0 to 7 years to tumble around and let off some steam!

Soft play at Riverside

Our multi-level main frame has obstacles, netting to climb and a soft play area where kids can burn off steam.

There are two sections to the soft play frame, one for children under 3 years and one for children from 3 to 7 years.

There are also tables and chairs where adults can sit, relax and order food or a coffee from our café Paddy and Scott's, while the kids play.

Our soft play has its own dedicated accessible toilet and baby changing facilities. Riverside is also a Breastfeeding Welcome centre.

Opening time and prices

Opening times

  • 9am to 10am
  • 10.15am to 11.15am
  • 11.30pm to 12.30pm
  • 12.45pm to 1.45pm
  • 2pm to 3pm
  • 3.15pm to 4.15pm
  • 4.30pm to 5.30pm 
  • 8.30am to 9.30am
  • 9.45am to 10.45am
  • 11am to 12pm
  • 12.15pm to 1.15pm
  • 1.30pm to 2.30pm
  • 2.45pm to 3.45pm
  • 4pm to 5pm
  • 5.15pm to 6.15pm

Opening times remain the same during the school holidays, unless stated otherwise.


ourChelmsford Lite card prices 
  • 0 to 4 years: £2.50
  • 5 to 7 years: £4.80
ourChelmsford Plus card prices 
  • 0 to 4 years: £1.50
  • 5 to 7 years: £3.80


  • All soft play bookings are for one hour and must be made on your child's ourChelmsford account.
  • You must have an ourChelmsford account to book and attend the soft play, even if you are not a monthly member and you don't live in Chelmsford.

We recommend that you book our popular soft play in advance. You can get a ticket on the door, however we cannot guarantee availability.

You can book:

Advanced booking

  • If you are a monthly member, you can book up to 10 days in advance

  • If you are an  ourChelmsford Plus cardholder, you can book 7 days in advance
  • If you are an  ourChelmsford Lite cardholder, you can book 2 days in advance

Essential information

  • Children must be under 8 years old to use soft play.
  • Children must wear socks, long sleeves and trousers in soft play.
  • Your children can't take shoes, badges or jewellery into the play area. 
  • You will need to stay while your child is using soft play, as we do not supervise the area or use of the equipment. 
  • Our Duty Managers are on hand to help you if there is an emergency. 
  • If your child feels unwell or has an injury, you should not take them to soft play.

Suitable for

Up to Age 7
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Centre opening times

Monday to Friday, 6am to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 7pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables

Our facilities, including the ice rink may have separate opening times. Please check individual pages.


  • 130 station gym
  • 2 exercise studios
  • Spin studio
  • 25m x 10 lane main pool
  • 10m x 10m learner pool
  • Ice rink
  • Creche
  • 2 Changing Places
  • Accessible changing
  • Accessible parking

All prices are correct to 31 March 2023.

All information correct at time of publishing. Please check before each visit.


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Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road

We are a breastfeeding friendly centre.

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