Schools & Group Visits

Whatever the weather we are a popular venue for many group visits by nurseries, primary schools, childrens’ groups and childrens’ centres.

For group bookings of over 10 children we have discounted admission rates of between 10%-20% depending on numbers and times. We can tailor visits depending on whether you are looking for just some free play in the play areas or some additional activities, for example games, art & craft activities etc.  We can also provide great value catering ideas.

“Wonderful visit…the children had a really good time” Heath Mount Primary School

How to book your School or Group Visit

Bookings should be made in advance of the visit and we would require an email confirmation from the organisation to accept the booking. A deposit is not usually required and you can pay on the day of the visit by cash, credit/debit card or company/authorised cheque. Please email us at or call us on Tel. 0121 443 3949 (for Birmingham) or 07483 366 882 (for Derby)

Not just Birthday Parties

If you have something to celebrate and there are children to be entertained why not arrange a get together at Hickory Dickory’s Playhouse.

“Excelllent venue”Balfour Beatty staff family party

Special Needs Schools & Groups

Hickory Dickory’s Playhouse welcomes children from Special Needs Schools to play in a safe and secure environment that can stimulate senses and learning. We have quiet times during the week that are ideal for children needing closer supervision.

Areas of Learning and Development we cover

Hickory Dickory’s Playhouse offers excellent facilities in which children can enjoy physical activity or just fun time and develop other skills needed in life – social, risk taking, and judgement as well as creative and educational. Our facilities support four key elements of the Areas of Learning and Development within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

  • Interacting with other children in a safe, yet stimulating environment aids their Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Exploring their environment helps to build their self-confidence and self-esteem and encourages behavioural development and self-control.
  • The play facilities encourage exploration and investigation and develops Knowledge and Understanding of the World around.
  • The play frame and sports area are designed to help the Physical Development of all children. Using the equipment and materials available creates a fun way for the children to develop their movement and space co-ordination. The different levels allow each child, whatever their ability, to develop at their own pace.
  • Hickory Dickory’s Playhouse is a space where children can run freely and learn through play

At Hickory Dickory’s we know that ‘Every Child Matters’. We provide an Enabling Environment, which can support your pre-school or group environment. We can help the children build Positive Relationships and our aim is to help provide each child with a positive and fun experience.

Supporting schools and other charitable groups and events – our community

Where appropriate we aim to support as many local schools and charitable organisations and events with their fundraising. We usually do this by donating free family admission vouchers for fundraising raffle prizes. We have provided hundreds over the years.

Please contact us in writing ( and we will try to help.

Health & Safety and Risk Assessements

Hickory Dickory’s Playhouse operates under public liability insurance. Our main customer side risk assessments are condensed into our rules of entry & play. Please also refer to the safety section on our playhouses page. Schools and other organisations are encouraged and welcome to visit and undertake their own risk assessments by prior arrangement.