LATEST NEWS....Updated June 16th 2021

It's Party Time!!!!  WE ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE PARTY BOOKINGS UP TO SEPTEMBER!

OUTDOOR ONLY parties allowed from Monday May 17th and INDOOR & OUTDOOR from July 19th (we will follow Government guidelines and let you know if anything changes). All the information is available for you and you can BOOK ONLINE in our SHOP.  For July we have added additional 10am-1pm slots for 3 Sundays, and introduced a new 'OUTDOOR PARTY WITH TOILET ACCESS' option in line with current guidelines!

And Thursday is officially the new Friday...our BRAND NEW THURSDAY OUTDOOR STAY & PLAY SESSIONS start Thursday 20th May 10.45 - 12.15. Join our WONDERFUL NEW VOLUNTEERS Rocio and Julieta for lots of outdoor fun. **Sessions available to book NOW.**  

If you would like to see more Stay & Play sessions added to our timetable, please consider volunteering to run one.  The more volunteers we have to run sessions, the more sessions we can run!

Following your feedback on the timing of our NEW BABY GROUP, it is now running 9.15-10.15 to allow for older childrens school drop-off.

In line with guidelines, we can now up our attendance to 18 adults per outdoor session so we can hang out with even more of you now! 

And LOVELY KELLY is hosting FAMILY YOGA  10.15-11am every Saturday morning and GROWN UP YOGA is on Saturday evenings.  AND the AMAZING BETH returns for LIVE PILATES in JUNE.

This is on top of our sessions with PROINFINITY, TIPTOES & TAPPERS and our RESIDENT AFTER SCHOOL PROVIDER, THE HOLLY TREE CLUB.

It's so exciting to be able to offer this much to the community coming out of lockdown. 

Thank you for your continued support - and don't forget, every single penny you spend with us goes to directly to supporting your local community.

Lucie, Ruth  & The Bridge Team xxx

 


Private Party Bookings

We are now available for Private Party Bookings!

The Bridge is the perfect venue to hold a party!

Set in the tranquil gardens of East Greenwich Pleasaunce, you will have exclusive use of our large, enclosed, all-weather outside play garden complete with playground equipment (brand new in August 2020) and our ride-on toys. 

We are THE SUSTAINABLE PARTY VENUE where every penny spent with us goes directly to helping your local community.

In line with current Government Guidelines:

OUTDOOR ONLY PARTIES will be permitted from May 17th

OUTDOOR PARTIES WITH TOILET ACCESS will be introduced from June 16th

INDOOR AND OUTDOOR PARTIES return from July 19th (hopefully!).

Saturdays 11am-2pm (party to run 11.30am-1.30pm)

Sundays 2-5pm (party to run 2.30-4.30pm) & some 10am-1pm slots in July (party to run from 10.30am-12.30pm)


Continuing to Support Families in June 2021

Baby Group

Baby Group

Mondays

9.15-10.15am **NEW TIME**

10.30-11.30am

Becoming a parent is emotional and exhausting at the best of times, let alone during a time when all the usual support is unavailable. Some parents will be feeling isolated and we want to help combat this. We will be running an indoor Baby Group for those with young - or new - babies so that parent/carers can meet people and share experiences.

Please read our COVID-19 Guidelines on our FAQ's page to learn more about how the sessions will run and the steps we are taking to ensure the sessions are Covid -secure before you book your ticket.  

Special Guest Visits

Throughout June we will be welcoming some very special visitors to chat with us:

  • 7th June Keri Hartwright (Paediatric First Aid)
  • 14th June Beth (Post-natal Pilates)
  • 21st June (MumsAid)

Pre-booking is essential as we cannot allow drop ins at this time

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Tiptoes & Tappers Pre School Ballet

Tuesdays

9.30-10am

Join Tiptoes & Tappers for fun and friendly pre school dance classes. 

Pre school ballet classes teaches the foundation of ballet using games, props and creative exercises. We create a relaxed environment where children will learn to dance while improving their coordination, enhancing their musicality and growing their self-confidence. 

Teachers hold a minimum level 4 qualification in dance, have DBS checks, safe guarding trading and First aids certificates.

9.30am - 10.00am (Termtime)

Lucie's Outfooe Adventurers

Lucie's Outdoor Adventurers

Tuesdays

10.30-12pm

Join our Outdoor Adventurers Stay & Play sessions and let your child's imagination run wild!

Sail the high seas on our new play ship, or travel to far flung places on the Bridge Express.

Mind the clickety clack bridge and whizz around the race track in our ride on cars and scooters

Please read our COVID-19 Guidelines on our FAQ's page to learn more about how the sessions will run and the steps we are taking to ensure the sessions are Covid -secure before you book your ticket.  

Pre-booking is essential as we cannot allow drop ins at this time

Homeschooling Group

Homeschooling (closed group)

Wednesdays

10am-2pm

A closed term time group for home educating families hosted by local parent volunteers.  We focus on free  play with plenty of options for child-led activities.

If you would like to know more please click the link below.

Pilates by Beth

Pilates by Beth - via Zoom until June

Thursdays

9.30-10.30am

No specific equipment needed, just snug clothes and a smile, and there'll be a session to help you feel lengthened and strengthened for the day ahead.

The Outdoor Crew

The Outdoor Crew

Thursdays

10.45am-12.15pm

Join Rocio and Julieta for more outside adventures and let your little one climbrunscoot and explore our playground and green space.

As with our other stay & plays, this is outdoor only get the wellies and waterproofs out!

Please read our COVID-19 Guidelines on our FAQ's page to learn more about how the sessions will run and the steps we are taking to ensure the sessions are Covid -secure before you book your ticket.  

Pre-booking is essential as we cannot allow drop ins at this time. 

 

Ruths Outdoor Explorers

Ruth's Outdoor Explorers

Fridays

10-11.45am

If you have a toddler desperate to move and explore, we can’t wait to welcome you back to ‘Ruth’s Outdoor Explorers’. Over the weeks there will be a mixture of outdoor activities with of course lots of fun to be had in our shiny new playground and opportunities for some gardening and Forest School style action in our open green space. 

During March 20221, access to the Forest School site will be allowed but limited.

Please read our COVID-19 Guidelines on our FAQ's page to learn more about how the sessions will run and the steps we are taking to ensure the sessions are Covid -secure before you book your ticket.  

Pre-booking is essential as we cannot allow drop ins at this time

ProInfinity Toddler Football

ProInfinity Toddler Football

Saturdays

9.30-10am

Our fantastic pre school football programme introduces basic skills through fun games and activities, designed to accommodate the requirements of social distancing. Our programme is led and designed by our own Head Coach who is UEFA B licensed coach, who previously had 5+ years working in professional football.

All children can take part in the activities and help them gain an understanding of the FUNdamentals of football.

Sessions last for 30 minutes to enable maximum enjoyment for the little ones.

Please be confident that we are ensuring government guidance is part of all our lessons.

Yoga with Kelly

Yoga with Kelly

Saturdays

10.15-11.00am Family Yoga

4 week course from 8th May 2021. Pre-booking essential.

Family yoga is for EVERYONE.  Children, parents and grandparents get to enjoy practicing yoga together and stregthen their bonds while they support each other and have fun.  Spend time together in nature in a beatiful gated park, with exciting yoga adventures, familiar stories, postures and a chance to practice breathing and relaxation techniques.  Children 11 and under.

6-7pm Adults Only Class

6 week course from 24th April 2020.  Bring a mat, blanket and layerds!  Pre-booking essential.

Gentle yoga flow.  As dusk falls, practice will be by candlelight to allow a deeper immersion and more restful state.  Surrounded by nature.  A magical experience.

 

New Life Ithcus Church

New Life Ithcus Church

Sundays

10.30-12.30pm

Flying Seagull Project

The Flying Seagull Project

(School Groups) 

The Flying Seagull Project is back with a new show for Spring 2021 featuring all the fun and silliness the Seagulls are famous for – stories, music, magic and clowning. It has been specially devised with Covid-19 safety in mind, delivering a shared live experience which feels as close to normal as possible. Isobel Wolff (clown name Wolfy), Project Leader at The Flying Seagull Project, said: “It is high time that kids who have been stuck inside for months can finally come together in a safe way to share a much-needed bellyful of laughter. We can’t wait to get back out there and do what we do best, spreading smiles face-to-face.’

Click here to find out more about The Flying Seagull Project.

The Holly Tree Club

The Holly Tree Club is a well-established breakfast, after school and holiday club catering for children from Halstow, Millenium, St Mary Magdalene Primary Schools and Steiner School based a The Bridge and at The Bell House (within the grounds of Halstow Primary School).  The club is open 3.30-6pm Monday to Friday during term time.  Breakfast club, held at The Bridge, will hopefully return in September from 7.30am to 8.50am providing breakfast and care to children attending Halstow Primary School.

The Holly Tree Club aims to provide a happy, safe, secure and relaxed environment offering high quality accessible play opportunities for children.

"We believe that play is really important to a child's well being and healthy development as an individual.  We offer children the opportunity to freely choose activities and resources and the range of activities we provide always reflects the interests of the children in our care."

The Holly Tree Club

Volunteering & Outreach

Volunteering at The Bridge

We have a fabulous team of Volunteers and supporters who help us to run Stay and Play sessions, Events and special activities,  finances and fundraising, who work in so many ways to help our community and support local children and families.  We would love to welcome you on-board.  Click the button below to find out more about volunteering at The Bridge and to sign up to join our Volunteer Family.

Our Outreach Activities & Partners

We work closely with other organisations to help support the vulnerable members of our community.  With a team of wonderful volunteers, we regularly collect food surplus from local supermarkets and our friends and neighbours and distribute to the HER Centre, Clockhouse Community Centre, Robert Owen Nursery and local primary schools.  This food is then distributed to families in the local area who need a bit of extra support.   We also have a close relationship with the QEH Children's Ward and pre-COVID were fortunate enough to host a Christmas party for the children on the ward and their families. We also work with MumsAid and GRACE. 

 

Corporate Hire

Hire The Bridge

The Bridge is available to hire for local community groups, classes, workshops etc aimed at any age group.  Hourly rates are available for short and long term hire.

What is The Bridge?

The New Play Boat

We are  a Community Interest Company (CIC), led by volunteers providing safe, engaging sessions, events and activities for local families.  We are an inclusive, welcoming centre passionately committed to supporting our community.

The Bridge was set up in 2012 by a determined group of volunteers to save it from government closure in 2011.  The Bridge is a large, enclosed, secure garden with brand new outside playground,  an indoor play room,  adjoining kitchen and indoor adult and child toilet facilities.

Under the leadership of General Manager, Lucie and Grounds Manager / Director, Ruth, the centre still relies heavily on volunteers for all operational needs from running Stay & Play Sessions to Accounting, Marketing and the Board of Directors.   The Bridge is a thriving hub of the community, working closely with partner organisations to provide support to families when needed, training and opportunities for local people who have taken a career break or need to re-train and acts as a launch pad for local businesses. 

New Climbing framd and slide

New Playground NOW OPEN!

We  were awarded over £38,000 from the Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund in 2020 to replace our old playground equipment with some exciting new play opportunities.  We put a lot of thought in to the options and we hope you love it as much as we do. 

Meet The Team

General Manager, Lucie and Grounds Manager / Director, Ruth are the people you will see most.  They are supported by a team of enthusiastic volunteers for all of the operational needs of the centre. We also have a Board of volunteer Directors who give their time and expertise to keep the wheels turning and ensure we meet all of our community needs.

Lucie (General Manager)

Lucie

General Manager

Ruth (Ground Manager / Director)

Ruth

Grounds Manager / Director