Play centre set to reopen under new ownership

Denison Till's Kirsty Barsby & Owner Brian Moore
Denison Till's Kirsty Barsby & Owner Brian Moore

A family fun centre which closed last month is to reopen as new owners sign a 20-year lease with the promise of 25 new jobs.

The doors at Little Hoppers, which operated a soft play centre for children, closed in early April with the business having been up for sale for several months.

Now following a six-figure investment the facility is set to reopen this month under new owners Mini Monsterz.

The move marks an expansion for the family business, which first opened in Ruswarp, near Whitby, seven years ago.

Mini Monsterz founder and managing director of Demrahh Play Ltd, Brian Moore, who also owns Esk leisure, said: “We decided to open in Scarborough as we wanted to bring the Mini Monsterz experience to people in this area and provide them with a high-quality family entertainment centre.

“The economic climate in the UK and Europe has led many people to re-discover British holiday destinations and we are pleased to be bringing a high-quality facility using the best industry standard equipment to Scarborough and becoming part of the community. We are hoping for better summer weather and aim to create 25 new jobs across our two sites with the launch of the Scarborough venture.

“Ours are family centres as we encourage entire families to enjoy them together and interact and have fun. The Whitby site has proved very popular and is used all year round by local people and visitors from throughout the UK and beyond.”

Designed for children aged up to 16 and their families, Mini Monsterz’ Scarborough facility will be based in the 9,000 sq ft unit and feature soft-play area technology with separate baby, toddler and junior areas. Other activities will include a pottery-painting studio, party hosting facilities and a café.

The Mini Monsterz at Ruswarp has created 11 jobs in the last six years, and features the biggest drop slide in the country.

Denison Till helped negotiate and secure the lease.