enter the dragon
at jabberwocky you will find:
- An exciting dragon play structure – with room for up to 60 children, including a toddler area and a specially designed baby area
- A café where our baristas are dedicated to serving quality coffee and simple, wholesome food
- Bookable space for celebration parties, groups and activities
eat me, drink me
At the Jabberwocky cafe we strive to provide wholesome, nutritious but above all, delicious food.
Our café welcomes everyone and is open daily, serving an inspiring selection of drinks and snacks. Our specially trained baristas are on hand to serve up the perfect cup of coffee made from freshly ground beans artisan roasted by Glen Lyon Coffee and we pride ourselves on our fine selection of teas.
We have a scrumptious selection of home-baking, from modest scones to indulgent cakes and delicious hot chocolate from Haddington’s own Chocolate Tree, and ice cream from fabulous Lucas of Musselburgh.
For younger diners we serve child sized portions of all our food, as well as a selection of fresh juices and milk.
The idea behind Jabberwocky was to create somewhere original and relaxing for children, parents and carers. We wished to create a space where children enjoyed playing while adults got to have a pleasant and calming time too. With our eclectic (and sometimes eccentric) mix of vintage and antique furniture, curated finds, subtle colour scheme and natural wood finishes, our cafe is the ideal spot to enjoy great coffee, delicious home baking and catch up with friends while your children play.
We have a wide range of tables – from small ones perfect for parents wanting to log on to our free Wi-fi and do a spot of work, to larger tables perfect for more sociable groups. We also have several comfy couches – just try not to fall asleep! Our dedicated baby area has comfortable seating for nursing mothers wanting a little more privacy. The bookshelf holds a selection of fiction and non-fiction. We operate a read-cycle scheme, so bring along one of your old books and swap it for one from our shelves.
There is also a notice board where local groups can advertise activities and events, and our guests can advertise children’s items for sale.
book your party
A magical place for kids, relaxing space for parents
Jabberwocky is a unique dragon-themed soft play and cafe, in picturesque Haddington only 15 minutes along the A1 from Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh. We have great ideas to create the perfect party for your child! Have fun on the fantastic softplay, or create your own themed party in our sunny party room with our scrummy birthday teas. Please complete our online booking form below, or download the booking form and hand into Jabberwocky.
You choose – we’ll arrange it all!
Mad Hatter’s Tea Parties * magic parties * messy play parties * mini-disco * craft parties * face painting * unique 3D-printing parties for 6+ techies! and more.
The 2-hour party price includes party invitations, balloons and thank you cards and for a small extra cost can include excellent value party bags. Younger children have one hour’s softplay, followed by the birthday tea in our party room. For older children we can arrange a fantastic 2 hour themed party without softplay.
Our generous party food spread contains various sandwiches, fairy cakes, sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, dips, fruit slices, chocolate spoons, pom bears, crisps and dips, rice cakes, popcorn, breadsticks and different flavours of squash. Our home baking is all additive-free. Please tell us if your child or any of your guests have food allergies. We cater for between 10 -25 children. We ask for booking confirmation payment for just 10 children, so you can confirm and pay for final numbers the week before the party. Booking early is always advisable, especially if you would like a specific date.
Party times are as follows: Saturdays 12.00-14.00, 14.30- 16.30, Sundays 11.00- 13.00 or 14.30- 16.30, all other times on request. For smaller parties for a few children we can usually reserve tables in the cafe area at less busy times and provide a smaller birthday tea. Please ask if you would prefer this option.
Jabberwocky is close to free parking all weekend and free 90-minute parking all week.
You might be asking…
What ages does Jabberwocky cater for?
We offer parties from 1 one year upwards.
How many children?
All parties are for a minimum of 10, maximum 25 children.
What sort of children’s birthday parties can Jabberwocky provide?
We have lots of options for you to choose from:
Jabberwocky Soft Play Party
Our popular soft play party, priced at £10.95 per child, includes:
– 1 hour soft play
– 1 hour party room hire, plus a birthday tea
– Jabberwocky invitations and thank you cards.
Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
For a soft play party with an extra, try our Jabberwocky Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. This includes all of the above from our soft play party, but with a special Mad Hatter’s birthday tea. The table is set with themed decorations and we provide assorted children’s teacups, saucers and teapots, plus a dressing up box!
Jabberwocky Soft Play and Games Party
Let us organise your party from start to finish with our soft play and games party. Enjoy all the benefits from our standard party, in addition to various fun filled games with our experienced and friendly party coordinator.
Messy Play Party
Our popular soft play, party room hire, a birthday tea, followed by Messy Play stations to suit your child’s interests staffed by two experienced Messy Play experts. Jabberwocky invitations and thank you cards included. Suitable for younger children.
Our popular soft play, party room hire, a birthday tea, followed by crafts (masks, hand arts, paper bag puppets, or party hats) supervised by experienced artists. Jabberwocky invitations and thank you cards included. Suitable for younger children.
The following extras can be added to your softplay party, for an additional cost:
- Face painting or Glitter tattoos
- magic show
- Mini disco
- Balloon modelling
- messy play
- Craft activity
- Chocolate making with The Chocolate Tree
- 3D printing party
- Jabberwocky party bags
- Tea, coffee, soft drinks and nibbles for the adults
For those who would prefer a party without soft play, we have these options available:
Magic Pete’s Award Winning Magic Show
Enjoy Pete’s exciting magic show for either 45 minutes or 1 hour(balloon modelling included in the 1 hour show) followed by a birthday tea, all in our large party room.
Fun Filled Mini Disco and Games
Enjoy Pete’s mini disco and games for 45 minutes – 1 hour, followed by a birthday tea in our large party room.
Themed Craft Party
We offer a themed craft party according to your child’s age and interests, plus a birthday tea, in our large party room. For ages 6+.
Singing Princess Party
Enjoy a fun-filled princess party, including games, prizes, disco, sing-a-long and a singing princess, followed by a birthday tea in our large party room.
Wee Replicators’ 3D printing party
Give your child a unique and exciting birthday party! A 3d printing party consists of your child and their friends being introduced to the wonder of 3d printing before getting to choose a toy to 3d print. They will watch as the 3d printer prints their toy, layer by layer.
Only the birthday child has their choice printed at the party, although the other children will receive their toys within 2 days and be given plenty of 3d printed goodies to keep them busy during the party. Each child will receive a Wee Replicator goody bag and a certificate to say that they are now a ‘Wee Replicator’!
How do I know if you have space on the date I’d like to book?
Call in and ask, email us on email@example.com or telephone on 01620 248070. We advise a provisional booking to reserve your chosen date, which is confirmed on payment. A provisional booking lasts one week.
We recommend booking as early as possible, especially if you’d like a magician, face painter, entertainer etc who are often booked well in advance, especially during the Edinburgh Festival and at Christmas time.
How do I book an entertainer?
We will check availability from our partner entertainers, magicians and face painters team and arrange for them to invoice you separately. All the entertainers we work with are fully insured and safety checked. It is not possible for customers to independently arrange their own entertainer for a Jabberwocky party.
When you choose one of our parties, our price depends on the options you choose. We will make all arrangements and give you a full breakdown at the time of booking so you can plan your party within your budget. The cost will include all food, room hire, soft play charges if required, invitations and thank you cards, party bags if required and VAT. Party invitations can be collected at the time of booking. Your invoice will not include costs of any entertainers, but we will book their visit and arrange for you to receive a separate invoice from them.
A minimum deposit of the party cost for 10 children is required to confirm the booking. The remainder is due for payment the week before the party takes place, when final numbers are known, so that you will never be presented with any extra charges on the party day. We reserve the right to re-let the space if payment is not made by the required date.
Can we book the entire soft play?
As we don’t want other customers to arrive and find the soft play is unavailable, this is not possible. However as we will know your party numbers in advance, at very busy times we may ask other customers to wait until the play frame is less busy. This ensures there will always be room for your party on the play frame, and that there are never too many children on the play frame at any one time.
What about the party food?
We provide a range of freshly-made sandwiches, snacks and cakes according to the number and ages of the children. According to our café policy, all our food is made from the best ingredients, locally sourced wherever possible, and additives- free. Please let us know if your party group has special dietary needs or allergies.
Do you provide birthday cakes?
We do not bake birthday cakes, although we can arrange for a cake from a local Mum who bakes cakes to order for you.
Do I need to stay with the children?
We need at least one responsible adult with the birthday party at all times.
Ours guests don’t just come down one rabbit hole, there’s a whole warren of activities and events to explore! Sign up to our Facebook page and Twitter feed to keep up to date with the latest news and developments at Jabberwocky. For groups and organisations: If you are interested in hiring space from us to run your group please contact us. Our rates are competitive and we offer priority on block bookings. Check the blackboard by the front door for daily news, specials and what’s on.
|Mon||9.30-10.30: Hypopressive Exercise class|
10.30 -11.00 Story Time, free (in the cafe area)
|7-8 pm Hypopressive Exercise class|
|Tue||9.30 -10.30: Hypopressive Exercise class for Mums and babies|
Music with Jackie - for babies to 5, 11.00 -12.00 every week from 18 July
PottyEmma (in the cafe area), some Tuesdays, 10-11.
|Dressing up Tuesdays! All day in the soft play/cafe area. Come all dressed up or borrow from our dressing up rail, free.
12.00 onwards: Ted Stewart Photography (bookable)
2 -5 pm Children with additional support needs especially welcome
5.30-6.30 and 6.45 - 7.45 Pilates classes with Complete Movement
|Thu||20 July MessPlay 10.30 (now full)|
Messy Play 2.30 for 0-3
|Highland Dance classes coming soon, 4.00-4.45, phone us for start date|
|Sat||Morag Alexander dance classes from 9am, term time .|
Our state of the art 21st century dragon playframe provides endless imaginative fun for children of 3 upwards, while our baby dragons’ egg nest provides a safe area for babies and under 2s, with parents’ seating close by. The unique playframe was specially designed and built for us and conforms to the very highest European and British safety standards. Play is a healthy and essential part of every child’s life. It is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. We are committed to providing quality play space for children and their families to meet and socialise – a focal point for the community. Our dynamic, outgoing and trained staff are always on hand to ensure all our guests are happy. A huge thanks to everyone who has helped make the Jabberwocky dream come true; we couldn’t have done it without you. Find out more about our friends at Kinghorn Creative, TCA Diagnostics, Glen Lyon Coffee, Vote Pedro, Chocolate Tree.
Children with additional support needs are always welcome at Jabberwocky, and especially on Tuesday afternoons (2-4) term time, when the soft play is usually a little quieter.read more
Monday mornings are now Story Time for fives and under at Jabberwocky, in the soft play cafe area from 10.30 -11.00.read more
Professional photographer TED STEWART of Haddington, with over 20 years experience in portrait photography, has regular Tuesday afternoon photo sessions here at Jabberwocky.read more
x marks the spot
Jabberwocky is in the centre of the pretty East Lothian market town of Haddington. We are on the pedestrian area opposite the well sign-posted John Gray Centre Library and Museum on Lodge Street. Look for the dragon sign! We are committed to becoming a carbon-neutral business and have a Green Travel Plan and policy in place for our staff and customers, encouraging people where possible to choose active modes of travel to Jabberwocky. This is not only good for the environment, but good for health too! Haddington is great for cycling and there are bike racks directly in front of the building.
Because we are right in the centre, it’s easy to walk to us from anywhere in the town. We are well-served by regular buses, all of which stop at Court Street, Market Street and the High Street, which are a couple of minutes’ walk away. There is free 90 minutes car parking available on all surrounding streets. There is also ample free parking in the long stay car park behind Tesco, and at weekends the Council car parks, just around the corner on Neilson Park Road and Brewery St are open to the public at no charge. We are delighted that Jabberwocky is fully accessible to wheelchairs users. Local bus timetables can be found at Prentice Coaches, First Buses, Perrymans, Lothian Buses. and Traveline Scotland
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