TWO soft play centres in Somerset have been awarded Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Award for 2024.

Both Space Adventurers in Taunton and Ocean Adventurers in Cheddar are among the top-rated visitor experiences in the world alongside global attractions including Disneyland, the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building.

The awards honour businesses that consistently earn great reviews, placing them in the top 10% of listings around the world on Tripadvisor.

The indoor play centres are among the only ones in the UK to have won recognition in the annual awards.

The Ocean Adventurers centre in CheddarThe Ocean Adventurers centre in Cheddar (Image: The Ocean Adventurers centre)

Both the centres are part of the Somerset-based Family Attractions Group, which also owns and operates the new Little Town Adventures attraction in Weston-super-Mare alongside seven Little Adventures Nurseries & Pre-School Groups.

Family Adventures Group co-founder Laura Filer said: “To have two of our indoor play centres recognised in this way by real visitors is a huge honour and a testament to the hard work, enthusiasm and good humour of our amazing teams in Cheddar and Taunton. 

“Earlier this month both centres were recognised at the Association of Indoor Play Awards and to gain this further recognition from a global organisation like Tripadvisor is something we’ll all cherish.

“Our goal now is to continue providing top-rated experiences for our visitors and to deliver new and exciting additional features to ensure we remain a favourite destination for young families.”

The ratings are based on genuine feedback from anyone in the community who has visited and left an authentic, first-hand review on Tripadvisor over a 12-month period, making it a valuable and trustworthy designation of great places to visit.

“Travellers’ Choice honours businesses that consistently demonstrate a commitment to hospitality excellence,” said John Boris, chief growth officer at Tripadvisor.

“This means they have made such a memorable impact on their visitors that many of them took the time to go online and leave a great review about their experience.

“People use the Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice seal to help them navigate the myriad of things to see, eat and do across the globe,” he added.

The award-winning Family Adventures Group was founded in 2019 by Laura and Tom after their own, often negative, experiences of visiting soft play centres with their young family.

The couple realised there was a significant gap in the market for high quality, fun, educational, clean indoor play venues which could be enjoyed by both children and adults.