An open – child related – letter to Exeter

rain_in_the_park__part_2_by_lolithium-d4b2x0wDear Exeter,

Why are there hardly any rainy day provisions for smallies?  I realise that Devon is a very beautiful place, full of outdoorsy people but why-oh-why are there so few places to go when it’s rubbish outside?

Yesterday was a Bear Feet day and – according to the lovely member of staff on the door – it was their busiest day of the year.  I can confirm it was ear-splitingly busy.  Generally – as you will understand if you have read my last post – soft play allows parents a little time to drink coffee and write blogs in a very noisy environment.  Today my son didn’t want to play ball and as I nursed my overly-milky slightly tepid cappuccino with my son draped over me, I thought there must be more fun things to do with kids on a rainy day in Exeter.


Dear budding mum or dad-trepeneurs of Exeter,

This song is for you (sing to the tune of Blue Monday, New Order “I see a ship in the harbour“)

I spy a gap in the market,

a gap that would surely pay.

And if it wasn’t for my dislike of softplay,

I would fill that gap today.

How about it? YOU CAN DO IT.


Dear mums and Dads who have been living in Exeter for a while,

Other than the library, RAMM and Bear Feet.  Where do you take your kids on a rainy day? Any ideas gratefully received.

Best Wishes,





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