Southsea Play Cafe Ltd

by Southsea Play Cafe in Southsea, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Total raised £10,102

raised so far



Fundraising for our play cafe opening in the heart of Southsea this spring!

by Southsea Play Cafe in Southsea, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 21st March 2023 we'd raised £10,012 with 66 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

We will be able to offer

  • More employment opportunities including management and promotional positions. Which in turn will allow us to open for longer and throughout the week. 
  • Wider range of resources, merchandise and events on offer to our customers.
  • Opportunities for specialists to offer workshops more frequently e.g breastfeeding, sleep training, weaning, post natal depression etc
  • We will be in a position to offer more perks and discounts within our play sessions. 
  • An amazing range of educational play events which require us to purchase resources for our customers to take home e.g making your own sensory toys, crafting, cookery sessions for tots and many more!
  • We will also put more money into our signage, furniture, nappies/wipes/feminine hygiene available free in our rest rooms, also provide a wide range of children and parenting books available for customers to read in the cafe.  

Who we are

Southsea play café is a unique café space crafted with families in mind. We aim to create an experience where children can explore in an educational play setting focused on Montessori-based play methods. It will be family-friendly and an aesthetically pleasing space where adults can relax while their children play. We want our mini customers to have the best play and learning experience possible so providing the right tools for this is so important to us. 1675283064_2022-12-30_20-16.jpeg

The play areas

Having a Montessori play area to compliment our ‘little high street’ means we can provide a learning environment for a wider age range. 


Our baby sensory room will be filled with official sensory equipment from occupational therapist-approved companies to ensure we are providing our babies with a safe and effective sensory experience.

The cafe 

Our food and drinks area will be equipt with a salad bar and cake fridge to offer a wide range of healthy food throughout the day plus an espresso machine to make our award-winning 'Broadway coffee roasters' fabulous range of coffees. 


The cost of the project

Our kitchen equipment is estimated to cost around £10,000 in order to be ready for opening. The specialist play equipment is ranging from £3000 along with books, arts and crafts supplies, and cleaning supplies to ensure all of our equipment is kept spik and span! Plus, although we are upcycling and sourcing pre-loved furniture for our seating and cafe area we will be looking at a spend of £2000 for chairs, tables, soft furnishings, artwork, and plants to make the space a haven for our lovely parents and carers to enjoy. We have managed to secure a start-up business loan after months of working alongside a business and financial advisor and successfully secured this however this still leaves us short on our journey to completion!

1675283586_2023-02-01_20-18_5.jpeg1675283612_2023-02-01_20-18_1.jpeg1675283632_2023-02-01_20-18_2.jpegOur project and build of the premises is well underway and right on schedule to open in spring, however, due to the rising cost of materials and pretty much everything, meaning we are running a very tight budget which is where you guys come in! Having help from our community is something we are so lucky to have access to meaning innovative small businesses like ours stand a chance in this ever-challenging economy!

As a start-up small business being run by two working mums (along with the help of family and friends pulling together!) we are doing all we can to make this dream happen as we believe our community is in real need of a place like ours!


A little bit about us...


1675273271_59a2c57d-75c1-4390-b6ee-00b831deef4d.jpeg“I’m a local Southsea Mum with 4 years of experience working in SEN education with a focus on sensory support. I love keeping fit and going out for coffee with family and friends (and wine when the day is done!) Being a busy mum I appreciate the importance of balancing quality time with our little ones whilst also taking time out for yourself, so I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of creating a haven that provides this for our community.”


Josie“I am a Mum of two from Southsea. I am a biomedical scientist and have been working for the NHS, alongside working in bars and restaurants since I left school. I enjoy finding new things for my children to do and experience, I enjoy coffee, food, and catching up with friends and family. Creating a space for the community to enjoy that offers a combination of all these things is something I am very excited about.”


This project offered rewards

£30 or more

Mothers day voucher

Treat the mama's in your life to some quality time with their little ones. This voucher awards a £30 spend on anything in the cafe when we are open. You can collect a physical gift voucher from us before mothers day or we can send you an E voucher for you to print at home.

£20 or more

Free play and hot drink!

First play session free and a coffee on us!

£20 or more

£20 Pitt Coin voucher!

This pledge gets you £20 worth of PittCoin (voucher) to spend at Pitt St undercover skatepark...on WHATEVER YOU LIKE! Whether that be a skate session, some slick merch, or super tasty treats from the cafe/bar. Our friends over at Pitt St will be sure to show you a good time so this is an amazing offer!

£40 or more

Brand partners goody bag!

This bag of goodies will be full of treats from our brand partners including a rainbow child, home spa, broadway coffee roasters, and many more! Bags will be kept in the cafe for you to collect upon opening! *redeemable once the crowdfund reaches a successful finish

£50 or more

Free play session plus £20 to spend at the cafe!

You will receive a voucher for a free play session plus £20 to spend on food and drink with your visit!

£50 or more

Merch Bundle!

This pledge rewards you with a cute branded T-shirt in a selection of colours and kids' sizes and a branded tote bag! Sizes and colours can be discussed at the time of order. *these are redeemable to collect from the cafe when the crowdfund successfully reaches its end.

£150 or more

Invitation to our private opening event!

We will be inviting a select few to experience the launch of the play cafe before anyone else! This event will include goody bags, discounts to enjoy when we open, food tasting, and unlimited access to the play areas while the event is running. We will also have some live entertainment on throughout the day and crafting going on for the children plus much more to be announced!

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