Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions

Please note these are applicable only until Grass Hoppers Indoor Play opens

Please find at the bottom of the page Indoor Play FAQs

How much is it to play at Grass Hoppers?

Midweek off peak

End of day play (after 3.30pm) £3

Groups £3 per head (minimum of 10)

Peak (school holidays, bank holidays & weekends)

End of day play £3.50

Groups £3.50 per head (minimum of 10)

No childminder discount at peak times

Once in Grass Hoppers, children are free to play on all activities including jumping pillow and trim trail. Ride-on cars and diggers are coin-operated.

Is there any indoor play?

There is no indoor play available, only a small amount of indoor seating in the family-friendly café.

Will childminders get discounted play?

We welcome childminders at Grass Hoppers and to enjoy 50p off the entry fee per child before 11am on weekdays in term time, simply show your Ofsted registration when you visit.

When is Grass Hoppers open?

Grass Hoppers is open daily from March to October:

Monday to Saturday: 9am to 5pm

Sunday: 9.30am to 3.30pm

During winter months, please contact us to check opening times.

Will Grass Hoppers open if the weather is bad?

Yes, Grass Hoppers will open on rainy days unless otherwise announced. As Grass Hoppers is an outdoor playground, it will close during the winter months.

Will we be able to buy food?

Yes, our family-friendly café in the pavilion will serve sandwiches and kids’ lunch boxes, crisps and traybakes, cold drinks, hand-crafted coffees and Yorkshire tea as well as Mr Moos Yorkshire ice cream. Woody’s hot grub serves breakfast butties until 10.30am every day and burgers, hot dogs, chips and refreshments from 10.30am to 3pm.

Prices for food and drink will vary from The Coffee Shop and Orchard Restaurant to reflect the outdoor environment and take-away style menu.

Can we bring their own food?

We do welcome picnics although please note that no barbecues, alcohol or glass bottles are to be brought onto the premises.

What age is Grass Hoppers suitable for?

Grass Hoppers is aimed at children up to the age of 10, with a designated pre-school play area.

Do you do children’s parties?

Yes we do, please visit this page for more information

Can I organise a group visit to Grass Hoppers?

Yes, we welcome groups and can help you plan your perfect visit in advance. Please visit this page for more information.

Will we be able to access the lake?

We apologise that the lake is not currently accessible to customers.

Is the play supervised?

No, Grass Hoppers is an unsupervised playground and adults remain responsible for children in their care at all times. Grass Hoppers accepts no liability for injuries incurred in the playground but will ensure the playground is safe and secure. Staff must report any damaged property immediately.

Will play be limited to a set time?

Play is generally unlimited. However during exceptionally busy times, we may enforce a maximum of 3 hours play based on a coloured wristband system.

Are there age and height restrictions?

The jumping pillow will have clearly-stated rules for use, including maximum numbers of children. As the play is unsupervised, play is at own risk and disclaimer signage clearly states we can accept no responsibility for injury or loss howsoever caused.

What if I want to leave and re-enter?

Children are issued with wristbands on entry, which must be worn during your visit to Grass Hoppers. You are therefore free to exit and return during a play session on a given day.

Indoor and Outdoor Play FAQs

Please note these are applicable when Grass Hoppers Indoor Play opens

Is there a loyalty card or discount available?

Yes, we offer a FREEBEE card where your card is stamped once with every ice cream or hot drink purchased. Your 9th is a FREEBEE and valid for any regular hot drink or single cone ice cream.

Our online booking system does however prevent us from continuing to offer our free play loyalty card.

How to book your playtime

Can I book online?

Yes you can book online. In fact, we always advise that you pre-book to guarantee your entry, especially at peak times.

What does my play time entry price include?

Entry to Grass Hoppers is an access all areas pass to play on all play equipment inside and outside, the only exception being the coin-operated racing cars in Blaze’s race track and mini diggers. In adverse weather conditions, for health and safety regulations, we reserve the right to close attractions or the outside playground.

Is there a limit on play time?

On a peak day playtime, we operate playtime sessions. Peak days are at weekends, Bank Holidays and weekdays during the school holidays. Given our location, it’s good to know we include the school holidays and term times of the four local boroughs in our area, namely Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale.

A “peak” day playtime session will last two and a quarter hours on all peak days except on Sundays, when they will be slightly shorter due to Sunday trading laws imposed on the garden centre. At the end of each peak day playtime session, we will close for 30 minutes to get all the areas of Grass Hoppers, the toilets and restaurant ready for our next guests.

On “off peak play” play days, that is to say term time weekdays, we offer one playtime session with no specified start or end time, so capacity will be managed on an ongoing basis throughout the day.

You can book onto one of these time slots in advance to secure your space on your chosen session. Because we want to ensure all our customers have a great time, we suggest you arrive in good time for the start of a peak day playtime session and ask that you exit the play area promptly at the end of your booking to allow our team to fully clean and prep the area for our next session.

What happens when I buy a ticket online?

When you buy a ticket online you’ll receive an order confirmation by email that includes your unique Booking Reference Number and a barcode. You can then either print this ticket, or use your smart phone to present the bar code for scanning to permit entry to Grass Hoppers. If neither of these options are available, please make a note of your booking number so we can enter it into our system to find your booking.

Can I get a refund if we can’t make a booked session?

Tickets are only valid on the play date and playtime session that they were purchased for. You can transfer your booking to another date and/or time 24 hours in advance by contacting Grass Hoppers on 0113 285 9750. Refunds cannot be offered in the event of non-attendance for any missed bookings.

Can I purchase a ticket on the day?

Yes, tickets can be purchased on the day at Grass Hopper’s nut this is subject to availability, we cannot guarantee spaces will be available.

Can I book onto more than one session and stay for the duration of these?

You are welcome to pre-book onto multiple timed sessions per day, however all customers will need to exit Grass Hoppers at the end of each timed session so our team can clean and fully prepare the play area for the next session.

Can I buy a family ticket to Grass Hoppers?

We do not currently offer family ticket prices, as we feel our pricing already offers great value for our customers.

Do you hold birthday parties?

Yes we do! We host birthday parties for groups of 10 children or more. Please see our party information section for more details.

How can I get in contact with you?

For any questions about your booking or your visit please email us at [email protected] or call 0113 285 9750

Your play time at Grass Hoppers

Who supervises the children?

Parents/guardians remain responsible for and must supervise the children in their care at all times. Whether inside or outside, children must be supervised by an adult over 18 years of age who is responsible for their care for the duration of your vsit to Grass Hoppers. At no time can children be left in Grass Hoppers unattended.

Grass Hoppers accepts no liability for injuries incurred in the playground but will ensure the playground is safe and secure. Staff must report any damaged property immediately.

Can I bring a pushchair in?

Yes. We allow pushchairs and will offer a pram store for secure storing of a number of prams, during your play time.

Will we be able to buy food?

Yes, Woody’s Kitchen is open every day with refreshments and an all-day menu including pizzas, paninis, jacket potatoes and much more! We’re also proud to serve award-winning ice cream in more than 30 flavours from the Ice Cream Farm.

Can we bring a picnic with us?

Yes, you are still welcome to bring a picnic to eat in our designated picnic area which will be located in our outdoor playground. For health and safety, we don’t allow glass bottles and barbeques are not permitted. Alcohol is also strictly forbidden in Grass Hoppers. Please note that we don’t allow your own food or picnics to be eaten in Woody’s Kitchen or any of the indoor play areas.

Can I leave and re-enter Grass Hoppers Play throughout the day with the same ticket?

Your Grass Hoppers admission ticket allows you to play on the specific date and playtime session of your booking. Should you wish to leave and return during that playtime session, we will stamp your hand and re-entry will be permitted. Entry to another playtime session is not permitted.

Is smoking permitted in or around Grass Hoppers or at Tong Garden Centre?

No. Tong Garden Centre and all its outdoor areas are smoke and vapour free zones. Smoking and vaping is not to be permitted within Grass Hoppers’ indoor or outdoor areas.

Do you allow Dogs into Grass Hoppers?

We don’t allow dogs unless they are special assistance or guide dogs. Please do not leave your dog in an unattended car.

What age is Grass Hoppers suitable for?

We think that children aged up to 10 years old will get the most out of Grass Hoppers. We have created a large indoor baby and toddler zone with role lay area as well as a designated outdoor play area for toddlers and preschool children.

Do you have any baby changing facilities?

Grass Hoppers is a family attraction so we have massively improved our facilities and created a supersized changing room called The Pod with changing rooms and baby changing. In addition, and based on your valuable feedback, you’ll also find we’ve added lots more toilets located inside, all in addition to the toilets already located in the outdoor playground. What’s more, we’ve introduced a mother and baby feeding zone.

Is Grass Hoppers’ breastfeeding friendly?

You are very welcome to breastfeed your baby whilst you are with us. In The Pod, we’ve introduced a mother and baby feeding corner for a little more privacy.

Can I reserve spaces in indoor play?

No. Unfortunately we cannot take reservations for tables however we have plenty of tables and seating available both indoors and outside.

Is there parking nearby?

Yes, Tong Garden Centre has a large car park with ample parking and an area close to the main entrance offering “Child Friendly” parking places too.

Are there any age, height or capacity restrictions on specific attractions?

Attractions that have restrictions are signposted with clearly-stated rules for use, including maximum numbers of children. As the play is unsupervised, play is at own risk and disclaimer signage clearly states we can accept no responsibility for injury or loss howsoever caused.


Grass Hoppers at Tong Garden Centre

Tong Garden Centre, Tong Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD4 0RY

+44 0113 285 3506


We’re delighted to announce that Grass Hoppers outdoor play area has reopened.

Weather permitting, we have opened a section of the outdoor play area to the public. However, the top seating area including top jumping pillow, small sand pit & diggers will not be in use due ongoing redevelopment work.

Nestled between Bradford and Leeds but within 5 minutes reach of junction 27 of the M62, Tong Garden Centre is home to Grass Hoppers – our exciting outdoor adventure playground.

Set in a secure environment, the playground offers hours of entertainment for children up to the age of 10 in this family-friendly destination. Once you’ve accessed Grass Hoppers, you children can enjoy the huge sandpit, zip wire, trim tail, playground and two giant jumping pillows plus coin-operated ride-on cars as well as a designated pre-school play area.

With extensive seating, some of which is undercover, families can relax and enjoy playtime as well as refreshments, sandwiches, snacks and cakes available in the family-friendly café. Also on the menu is Mr Moo’s delicious Yorkshire ice cream – over 14 flavours of award-winning, locally-made ice cream.

Along with our fantastic outdoor play, we also offer family-friendly grab-and-go-food and a selection of tasty refreshments. Head to Woody’s to try our delicious burgers and sausages made here at Tong in our Food Hall or tuck into a delicious range of toasties as well as jack potatoes with a choice of filling. We happily provide a microwave to heat baby food and will accommodate any food allergies if you make a member of our team aware. We also allow picnics in our outdoor play area but we ask that no barbecues, alcohol or glass bottles be brought onto the premises.

For more information visit the website .


Although we now welcome picnics, don’t worry because we still have Woody’s serving up delicious burgers and sausages made right here at Tong in our Food Hall and cooked fresh for you!

Please Note

Due to ongoing development work our food offering may vary, please contact us ahead of your visit to check availability.

Munch Time!

From barista-made, handcrafted coffee to refreshments, sandwiches, cakes and snacks, you’ll find plenty of choice to satisfy hungry tummies.

For little appetites, fill up with a Munch Mix kid’s lunch box including a sandwich, drink and your choice of two snacks!

Woody’s Hot Grub!

We have selected hot food available daily here at Grass Hoppers! From real pork sausage hot dogs and Yorkshire beef burger made here at Tong in our Food Hall to a delicious breakfast menu served til 10.30am. We also have a delicious range of toasties and jacket potatoes with a choice of filling plus chips and drinks served from 10.30am until 3pm. Please check before visiting to avoid disappointment.

Mr Moo’s Ice Cream

Made right here is Yorkshire, Mr Moo’s packs lots of fantastic flavours into his real dairy ice cream! From teddy cones to cornets and tubs with all the toppings, save room for a delicious treat!

Due to ongoing development working Mr Moo’s Ice Cream is currently not available, we apologise for any inconvenience, please check back for updates.

We’ll happily cater for food intolerance and allergies, please just mention your requirements when you visit.

Please note that no barbecues, alcohol or glass bottles are to be brought onto the premises.

Grass Hoppers is an unsupervised play area.

Adults must supervise children in their care at all times. We can accept no responsibility for any injuries or loss howsoever caused.

Grass Hoppers at Tong Garden Centre

Tong Lane,
0113 285 3506

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Here But For The Space Of God Am I – Grasshopper

Did you ever notice that everything occupies a space? A space has been made for everything. There is room at the Inn for you and me.

The Grasshopper ‘s turn of English reformer, John Bradford ‘s phrase, “There but for the grace of God go I” communicates a different aspect of gratitude.

Bradford’s pronouncement was comparative in nature whereas The Grasshopper’s is inclusive. There has been a space made for every one of us. Look at your dining room or kitchen table. There is a space for it to be functional. Without the space it couldn’t exist there.

Lao-tzu reminds us in the 11 th verse of the Tao Te Ching :

We make doors and windows for a room;
But it is the empty space that makes the room livable,
While the tangible has advantages, it is the intangible that makes it useful.

There has been an earthly space created for us to be useful – to carry out our function or life’s purpose.

If there were no space available, there would be no room for you. Therefore, you would not have been created.

I love watching the TV shows where they do a before and after feature on a house. You get to see them take the same square footage and transform it into something more appealing and functional. They create space where none existed before. These shows always underscore the teaching that “less is more.”

So we have been given a space on this planet. The question becomes, are we making the best use of our space or are we cluttering it up?

Our space is a gift. We first show our gratitude by recognizing the gift of space and then we demonstrate our thankfulness by crafting our space to be as wonderful as the gift giver intended.

You are spacious expression of the whole. You have been given a little corner of the earth to create your gifts – presents that bring joy to the giver and receiver alike.

It’s no accident that you are where you are. If you are making the best use of your space, you are feeling more joy and a sense of purpose. If you are not, your space is out of alignment. It may be time to remodel and create more space in your cluttered life.

The best advice you can get comes from a master craftsman. Make sure to check in daily. Make an appointment for a mind quieting consultation period each day. As your mind calms down, you make a space in there for the craftsman to consult you. The result is a more joyous use of your space.

You will find your place when you appreciate your space.


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House of Finn Juhl reissues Grasshopper chair

The Grasshopper, a chair designed 81 years ago by Danish designer Finn Juhl, has been reissued by the furniture brand that bears his name.

The chair is being unveiled at the Salone del Mobile furniture fair, which opens today as part of Milan design week. Until now only the two original chairs made by Juhl in 1938 existed.

“It seemed natural that this chair should be brought back to life at some point,” said co-founder of House of Finn Juhl, Hans Henrik Sørensen, who will show the chair at the Salone del Mobile.

“Ever since I bought the book Håndværket viser vejen [The Craftsmanship Leads the Way] as a teenager, in which the Grasshopper was depicted, I have always been fascinated by this expressive chair.”

With an oak or walnut frame, and upholstery in fabric or leather, the back legs and armrests converge to a point on the floor at the back of the chair, giving the impression of the bent legs of a grasshopper about to jump.

The buttoned back of the chair extends up from the base and curls around on each side at the top to cocoon the sitter. This gives the piece the look of an insect-like head.

“The Grasshopper gives you the impression of something powerful and springy – it is both graphical and organic at once, almost animalistic in its expression and in its details,” said Sørensen. “Just take a look at how each part plays with shape and profile – the round and the concave that gently meets in a delicate joint.”

The company’s designers used Juhl’s original sketches to reproduce the chair exactly as the designer would have intended.

By measuring one of the original chairs and comparing these with the sketches, its Japanese craftsmen were able to recreate the piece of furniture to the exact dimensions of the original.

Despite its simplicity, the chair is difficult to construct as it is formed from a series of complex shapes, joints and angles.

Sørensen described the Grasshopper as “the most troublesome Finn Juhl design to develop”, because of the complexity of the design.

Born in 1912, Juhl was one of the most influential Danish furniture and interior designers of the 1940s and 1950s. Among his best known works are the interiors of the Danish Broadcasting House, Copenhagen Airport and the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the UN headquarters in New York.

Juhl originally showed the chair at an exhibition to present the work of the Danish Cabinetmaker’s Guild in autumn 1938, on the stand of the respected cabinetmaker Niels Vodder, but the reception to it was lukewarm.

After the fair, Juhl bought the two chairs from Vodder to help recoup the cabinetmaker’s losses and the sketches remained in the designer’s archive until House of Finn Juhl acquired exclusive rights to all the designs in 2001, following his death in 1989.

The company has reintroduced a number of Juhl’s designs over the years, including the FJ 136 chair that was shown at Milan design week three years ago, before House of Finn Juhl became a separate brand within its parent company Onecollection.

The reissued chairs will be individually numbered, but the first chair produced by House of Finn Juhl has been given the number three, as chairs one and two are considered to be the original designs.

Juhl trained as an architect at the Department of Architecture at Copenhagen’s Royal Academy of Arts, but ended his studies early to work in the studio of prominent architect Vilhelm Lauritzen.

He went on to become one of the most revered Danish furniture designers, as well as working as an architect and industrial designer. Alongside furniture design, he is perhaps best known as the person to introduce modern Danish design to America.

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Onecollection reissues Finn Juhl’s Danish mid-century FJ 136 chair

His work has become highly prized amongst collectors. In November 2018, one of the two original Grasshoppers was auctioned for €319,000 (£275,000) at Artcurial in Paris.

The reissued Grasshopper chair will be on display in Hall 24, Stand A07 at the Salone del Mobile fair.


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