East Lothian’s finest softplay and café. Only 25 minutes from Edinburgh, Situated in a beautiful Victorian building in Haddington’s historic town centre, Jabberwocky is a magical place for children and a relaxing place for grownups.

Jabberwocky is open 7 days a week

Sunday to Friday 10am – 4.30pm

Saturday 9am – 5pm

Admission Prices

The Jabberwock demands the following price for children to enter his lair:

  • 1-2 years    £3.50
  • 3-4 years    £4.50
  • 5-6 years    £5.50
  • 7+ years     £6.00
  • 1-4 years    £2.50
  • 5+ years     £3.50



We want everyone to have a great time at Jabberwocky and ask everyone to abide by our Rules of Play. These rules exist to ensure that everyone at Jabberwocky stays safe and happy. Acceptance of them is a condition of entry. Jabberwocky reserves the right to refuse admission.


We are here to provide a safe and clean environment for every guest – of whatever age – to enjoy and have fun. All children are allowed full use of the play equipment, specific to their age – baby area for those under 2 years and main play frame for those 2 and over – and activities available at the time of their visit.

For safety reasons, we kindly request that unless helping a child, adults do not go onto the play frame.

Our staff know their most important role is to help everyone enjoy their visit to Jabberwocky. However, supervision of children remains the sole responsibility of the accompanying adult. Also, since germs and sickness are best left at home, please bring any children who are sick or injured to enjoy Jabberwocky another day.


Entry cost qualifies guests for a single 90 minute session. Babies under the age of 1, adults and older children who do not wish to use the play frame are admitted free.


We take pride in our business and have invested in facilities to make sure we keep to the highest standards. To help us, please encourage all children to use the toilet before becoming distracted in play. Our toilets and baby change areas are inspected regularly. We ask that no food or drink is to be taken into the play area.


Shoes must be removed before entering the play areas and socks must be worn at all times. Please leave children’s shoes at reception, as this helps to keep the café area and play area clean. We ask that you remove any jewellery or potentially sharp objects before entering the play area or joining in play activities.


Our food hygiene regulations restrict the consumption of food and drink purchased elsewhere so, with the exception of baby food, only food and drink bought on the premises may be consumed. If you any have concerns about ingredients that may cause allergic reactions, please ask a member of our staff who will be able to advise on content.


We have facilities to warm food or milk as needed. However we cannot be responsible for the temperature at which the food is given to your child. We are part of the Breastfeeding Friendly scheme and welcome nursing mothers.

Please use the facilities in the baby changing toilets for changing and disposal of nappies. Nappies can be purchased from reception.


State of the art technology has been installed at Jabberwocky to keep everyone safe and secure.


Obviously we can’t have any bullying at Jabberwocky, so anyone who shows persistently rough or unsociable behaviour will sadly be asked to leave, after one warning. This decision is entirely at the discretion of the management, and no refunds will be given.


We can’t have anyone deliberately damaging the play structures or any part of Jabberwocky. Anyone who ignores this rule will be expected to pay for repairs.


Whilst every precaution is taken to ensure your time here is a positive and happy one, accidents may happen. Any accident must be reported to a member of staff and documented for our records. Our staff have access to First Aid and a trained First Aider is always available.


Jabberwocky does not accept responsibility for:

  1. Items lost or stolen from the premises
  2. Loss or injury caused through misuse of play facilities or lack of adequate supervision by an accompanying responsible adult.

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

book your party

A magical place for kids,  a relaxing space for parents – A great place for a party!

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 some great ideas to create the perfect party for your child, whatever their age! Have fun on the fantastic softplay, or create your own themed party in our sunny party room with our scrummy birthday teas. If you’d like to find out more, please complete our online booking form below or give us a call.

Choose your ideal party and we’ll arrange it all. We have softplay parties, Mad Hatter’s Tea Parties, magic or balloon modelling parties,  mini-discos parties, arts and craft parties or Digital Ninja computer parties.  And messy play parties for little ones. Or tell us your party ideas and we’ll help make it happen. You can add or leave out the softplay, depending on the age and interests of your child. 

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. We cater for between 10 -25 children.

Our generous party spread has sandwiches, fairy cakes, sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, fruit slices, chocolate spoons, pom bears, crisps, rice cakes, popcorn, breadsticks and different flavours of squash.  Your guests won’t go home hungry!  Our home baking is all additive-free. Please tell us if your child or any of your guests have food allergies.

We advise a provisional booking to reserve your chosen date, which we can keep for one week.  To confirm your booking, we ask for payment for the first 10 children and ask for your final numbers the week before your party. Booking early is always advisable, especially if you would like a specific date. 

Party times are as follows: Saturdays 14.00- 16.00, Sundays 11.00- 13.00 or 14.00- 16.00, 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.

Interested? Give us some information and we’ll be able to give you a price to match your ideas and your budget.

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You might be asking…

How do I know if you have space on the date I’d like to book?

Call in and ask, email us on hello@jabberwockysoftplay.co.uk 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 an entertainer as they are often booked well in advance, especially during the summer and at Christmastime. 

How do I book an entertainer?
We will check availability from our partner entertainers and arrange for them to contact you separately. All the entertainers we work with are recommended, 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. 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, as most guests prefer to bring their own.

Do I need to stay with the children?
We need at least one responsible adult with the birthday party at all times. We will sign in all children on arrival with their responsible adult. If parents or carers leave the premises during the party, the child will be the responsibilty of the party giver.

Our state of the art dragon playframe provides endless imaginative fun for children of 3 upwards, while our baby dragon’s 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. Our dressing up rail is there to add extra fun to children’s play.

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 to providing a welcoming space for families to meet and socialise, acting as a focal point for the community. Our cheerful staff are always on hand to ensure all our guests are happy.

eat me, drink me

At the Jabberwocky cafe we strive to provide wholesome, nutritious and delicious food.

Our café welcomes everyone and is open daily, serving a great selection of drinks and snacks.  Our staff are trained to serve you the perfect cup of coffee made from freshly ground beans, artisan-roasted by Glen Lyon Coffee. We pride ourselves on our fine selection of teas.

We have a scrumptious selection of home-baking, from fruit and savoury scones to indulgent cakes, baked on the premises by our own staff.

For younger diners we serve child sized portions of all our food, as well as a selection of fresh juices and milk. Check out our complete menu.


lounge around

Jabberwocky creates a space that is original and relaxing for children and adults alike.  We know the kids will have a great time, but we hope our adult visitors have a calming break too. With our unusual mix of vintage and antique furniture, 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. And if you don’t happen to have a child or two to bring along, you’re still very welcome.

We have a range of table size  from small ones perfect for parents wanting to log on to our free Wi-fi and do a spot of work, to larger tables for more sociable groups.  We also have several comfy couches – just try not to fall asleep! Our 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 take a good read home with you and bring along some of your old books and swap it for one from our shelves.

Feel free to use our community notice board in the reception area, where local groups can advertise activities and events, and you can advertise children’s items for sale.

what’s on

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.

events at jabberwocky

Baby Massage with Jade McCarter Therapies

Learn all about baby massage to create a special bond with your baby. Classes ( 5 session block) on weekday mornings. To reserve your space contact Jade on 07921 827866 or jademccartertherapies@gmail.com

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PottyEmma will be back soon

PottyEmma can create lasting memory clay imprints of your baby or toddler - or even your pet! Perfect as a memento or great as presents for family.   Prices start at just £5 for small imprinted clay hearts and she can also make silver imprint jewellery, with silver...

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Brand new preschool ballet and junior tap classes

Morag Alexander School of Dance has two new classes starting at Jabberwocky on Wednesday afternoons: Pre school ballet class, 1.45 - 2.30 and Junior Tap class, 5.15 - 6.00 These classes are booking now, so for more information call 0131 665 2223 or...

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Breastfeeding support group meets at Jabberwocky

Haddington BRAS (Breastfeeding Reassurance And Support Group) is a fortnightly support group led by NHS trained Peer Supporters and meets at Jabberwocky, 10.30 -11.30 fortnightly on Thursdays during term time. Drop in for a coffee and join them if you'd like help with...

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Our Community Notice Board

You're welcome to leave a poster on our Community Notice Board in the reception area if you have a local event to advertise, especially if it appeals to families with young children. We have space for leaflets too. It's free, but donations to our charity boxes are...

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Mon9.30-10.30: Hypopressive Exercise class

10.30 -11.00 Story Time, free (in the cafe area)

Exercise class 1.30 - 2.30
Early evening: Two classes of Hypopressive Exercise
Tue 9.30 -10.30: Hypopressive Exercise class for Mums

10.30 - 11.30: Hypopressive Exercise class for Mums

PottyEmma (in the cafe area), some Tuesdays between 10-11 (ask for next date)

Messy Play 2-3pm (not every week)

2 -5 pm Children with additional support needs especially welcome

WedMorag Alexander Dance Classes, pre-school 1.45 -2.30pm, Junior tap class 5.15 - 6pm
ThuBreastfeeding Support Group, 10.30 -11.30 in cafe area, alternate Thursdays, termtime

Baby Massage 10-11
Slime Workshop 4 July, 11am
After school art classes for age 5+

FriParty bookings often available, afternoons
SatMorag Alexander dance classes from 9am, termtime

Morag Alexander Dance classes term time
Party booking available most weeks, 2-4pm
SunParty booking available, 11-1pmParty booking available 2-4pm

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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 CoachesBorders BusesEast Coast Buses – 104 & 107 and Traveline Scotland

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6 Lodge Street, Haddington,
East Lothian, EH41 3DX
T. 01620 248070   E. hello@jabberwockysoftplay.co.uk

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