Popular play café near Ripon to close in September
Little Beans Play Café.

A popular children’s “play café” near Ripon is closing its doors in September.

Little Beans, in West Tanfield, launched three years ago as a role play and messy play café for under six-year-olds.

An announcement on the business’s Facebook page said the venue at Village Farm, on Main Street, would close on Friday, September 2.

Owner Emma Terry wrote:

“It is with a heavy heart that as of September 2, Little Beans will be closing its doors and the Imagination Centre will only be doing private parties and events in external venues.

“This decision hasn’t been made easily and has been taken out of our hands.

“We would just like to thank all of our customers, past and present, who have supported us over the last three years, especially through the biggest pandemic we have ever seen.

“We have made some lovely friends along the way and will truly miss each and every one of you.”


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There will be a number of events taking place at the café over the summer and a farewell party is being planned on September 2.

Ms Terry added:

“I want to take this opportunity to thank my staff, Jane and Ellie, who I couldn’t have done this without.”

Customers expressed their sadness over the closure of the venue, which also hosts an assortment of classes, groups, events and private parties.

Tasha Newcombe commented:

“So sad to hear this. Going to miss Jane’s lovely welcome and friendly face and Sharon’s amazing classes. Me and my little boy have loved every minute of our time coming to Little Beans.”

Emma Lou wrote:

“Oh no! We’ve only been coming for eight months, but will miss the café and the classes at the Imagination Centre. There’s nothing like you nearby. I was so glad to discover Little Beans when we moved.”


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