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News and Updates

Easter Weekend: there will be no Stay & Play sessions taking place on Good Friday (29th March) and Easter Monday (1st April)

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Drop in sessions for parents, carers, and their children aged 0 to 5 years to play together and meet new people.

There's no need to book, just come along.

Everyone is welcome,

every week, all year round.

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Parent who attended Stay Play in Gorleston

"I'm always excited to come and learn activities to try at home. I am more relaxed and enjoying the time with my son."

Parent who attended Stay & Play in King's Lynn

"We've just moved to the area so it's been great for meeting new people locally."

Parent who attended Stay & Play in Aylsham

News and Updates

Stay up to date with any upcoming changes to our sessions, times, and venues.


One-off cancellation: Sending our apologies, our Stay and Play session at Queen’s Hill Community Centre, Costessey will not go ahead on Thursday 21st March, as we are unable to book the hall for our usual slot. We look forward to seeing you again on Thursday 28th March as normal.


Session Ending: Due to other successful play opportunities in the local community for families with children 0-5 years, our last Stay and Play session at Attleborough Library, will be on Monday 4th March. If you would still like to attend an ECFS Stay and Play close to Attleborough, your nearest group is our Great Ellingham Stay and Play, held every Wednesday 1:30-3pm at Great Ellingham Recreation Centre, Watton Road, Great Ellingham, NR17 1HZ.

CFM (Catton Grove)

Due to works taking place in and around the building, the regular Stay and Play session at CFM ECFS Base will be postponed after 13th February until further notice. Please continue to check here, or across ECFS Social Media pages (@ECFSNorfolk) for regular updates and information on when this session will return.

In the meantime, you may like to join us at an alternative Stay and Play session nearby. You may like to attend sessions in Thorpe Hamlet on a Monday, Drayton or Tuckswood on a Wednesday, or Earlham or Costessey on a Thursday. You can find details of venues and times for all these sessions here.


NEW SESSION starting 9th January - and in a first for our Stay & Play sessions, this session is all about Outdoor Play! Join us weekly at Diss ECFS Base (Fitzwalter Road, DIss, IP24 4PU) for lots of outside fun, every week, all year round. Every Tuesday, 1:30-2:30pm


From January 2024, many of our Stay & Play sessions across the county will be extended by 30 minutes and will run for 1.5 hours!

A few sessions will remain as 1 hour due to the availability of the venues which play host to them. All sessions which will be extended are listed below with their new start and finish times!

  • Acle - 10:00 - 11:30am
  • Attleborough - 1:30 - 3:00pm
  • Aylsham - 1:00 - 2:30pm
  • Catton Grove (CFM) - 1:00 - 2:30pm
  • Downham Market - 9:30 - 11:00am
  • Drayton - 10:00 - 11:30am
  • Earlham - 10:00 - 11:30am
  • Fakenham - 1:00 - 2:30pm
  • Gorleston - 1:15 - 2:45pm
  • Great Yarmouth - 1:15 - 2:45pm
  • Hunstanton - 10:00 - 11:30am
  • King’s Lynn - 9:30 - 11:00am
  • North Walsham - 10:00 - 11:30am
  • Pilling Park - 10:00 - 11:30am
  • Stalham - 1:00 - 2:30pm
  • Swaffham - 9:30 - 11:00am
  • Swanton Morley - 10:30 - 11:000am
  • Tuckswood - 10:00 - 11:30am

Where and When can you attend an ECFS Stay & Play session?

For more information about services and support for children aged 0-5 and their families in Norfolk visit our website.

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