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The original and heart of the Little City family

Welcome to Little City North Essex - the home of the very first Little City and where it all started! Little City was launched in Brantham Manningtree in 2017 - utilising family skills our original backdrops were hand built and hand painted! We never imagined Little City would grow as much as it has!


We run events all over Colchester, and further out into Clacton, Brightlingsea, Earls Colne, Tiptree and Manningtree.


I love running the events in this area: my favourite is seeing the little ones who visit for the first time and their faces light up, but I love it just as much the ones that grow up before my eyes! They come so regularly to play, and I am often invited to be part of their birthday party - I genuinely am gutted when they grow to big and head off to school!


Our weekday events are often fully booked, but I also offer hire to local schools, toddler groups, pre-schools and nurseries. I was lucky enough to spend a morning at Lexden Springs School earlier this year and just loved taking the city to those children who hadn't previously been able to visit one of our events.


Prices for our weekday sessions start from £5.50 per child to play. When booking 3 or more children on one session you receive an automatic 10% discount - even more reason to bring a friend to play too!


At our events we always offer a range of hot and cold drinks (proper coffee!), as well as some healthy snacks and biscuits. We even cater for those little ones who may have allergies or intolerances.

Where can you

find Little City ?

You'll find Little City sessions at:

Brightlingsea YMCA Hall

Alresford Village Hall

Holland on Sea Baptist Church

Marks Tey Parish Hall

St C'edds Church Hall

Acorn Hall, Colchester

Boxted Village Hall

Earls Colne Baptist Church

St Luke's Church, Tiptree

Mistley Village Hall

I am always looking for new venues so if you would like to see a Little City nearer to you, please contact me today.



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We booked Little City for Matilda's 4th birthday party and they all loved it so much. If your little one loves role play you need to go to Little City.

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My two love youngest first joined in a session when all he could do was sit on the floor and attempt to eat the construction bricks, now hes starting to really enjoy the experience and immerse himself in it in his own way. The set up is play, and the opportunity for children to do as much or little as they want.

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Just had the best time today, Archie mixed up the themes in true Archie style but he was a happy busy lad all the way through! So creative....great session !

Parties at Little City

Looking for something different for a birthday party?


Hire Little City exclusively for up to 25 children. Let the birthday girl or boy be the mayor for the day and run the whole city for themselves and their friends!

Because Little City is a fully mobile role play centre it can be set up with minimal fuss and in almost any location. 

Check my bookings calendar here to see if your preferred date is free and then please contact me to make your booking.

N.B. You'll need to book a hall or have a very large house !


I am Vicki, owner and Director of the Little City family but I also run all the events across North Essex. I am super proud of the business and play events we offer: I like to think that we offer something different to the usual soft play centres and toddler groups.


We love that you as parents/carers get involved and really enjoy playing too. I really enjoying seeing your little ones explore and learn through their play: role play is how they make sense of the world and at Little City, they can pretend to be whoever they want to be, whilst having lots of fun. I hope that our sessions start lots of lovely conversations and spark new interests for you and your child.


Unlike a 'normal' parent-toddler class, our sessions are entirely free play so your child will choose where, when and how they want to play - and nothing is off limits!


Alongside running Little City I am mummy to Edie (5) and Alice (4). My girls were my inspiration for starting Little City and reason I do what I do - if you look closely enough, you'll even see that their initials are hidden in our logo. I love the fact that I get to run the business around them: I run events part-time around their school and nursery times and am always home for the school run.


I'm also a novice at Pilates (but love it) and during the summer you'll often find me at the beach... if it's a hot day, that's where I'll be! My dream is to own my own beach hut!

Little City Loves....

...a few of my favourite places to visit and shop in our beautiful region of North Essex.

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If you prefer, you can call me on

07803 929151


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