STATEMENT ISSUED MONDAY 5TH JULY 2021:
The end of an era for The Play Barn
2021 marks The Play Barn’s 19th year of operation. We started as the first indoor Play Centre in Powys and have enjoyed watching our business grow and change over the years. In that time, we have seen children grow up, become parents themselves and return with their own children. In some cases, regular little visitors later became staff members. We have seen so much change and it has been a real honour to provide the local community with such a great place to spend time.
Like any successful business, the ability to adapt to changing circumstances is vital. At Brynich we have had to do that more than once over the years, and the time has come for us to move with the times once again. Covid-19 has hit many small businesses incredibly hard, and we have been no exception to that. It has forced us to look at what we have and how we see the future of Brynich evolving.
During lockdown we were lucky enough to provide outdoor rehearsal space for some fabulous local choirs and bands. We aim to build on this area, providing indoor and outdoor space for rehearsals throughout the year. We also want to offer more self-employed fitness instructors’ space to run yoga and Pilates classes, offer more meeting spaces for businesses, and host craft fairs and other events. Dipping our toe into these new areas has been a great experience during a difficult year and we want to build on that now.
The adjoining Barn at Brynich has been running as a very successful wedding and meeting venue for over 12 years now, and we feel that the time is right to develop that area of our business, and to consolidate what we do. Therefore, we have taken the difficult discussion to permanently close The Play Barn with immediate effect and repurpose the building. The building will then form part of The Barn function venue, allowing us greater indoor space for a range of activities and events, including our core wedding business.
Over the next few months, we shall be removing the play equipment from the building. The equipment is in excellent condition, so if there are any local entrepreneurs out there who would be interested in buying it and giving our faithful old slide a new lease of life, we would love to hear from you.
We would like to thank our incredible, hardworking, loyal staff. We are pleased to be able retain all our staff within the business. A huge thank you also to all our Play Barn customers for their support over the years, you’ve been amazing!
Cath, Mark and Becca