PlayVan: mobile play groups

PlayVan aims to establish, support and encourage sustainable groups where adults and children can have fun and learn through play in an innovative and exciting way.

The Diocese of Norwich’s PlayVan works with children primarily under statutory school age alongside parishes, by:

  • running baby and toddler groups
  • working in partnership to identify new opportunities
  • supporting and recruiting volunteers
  • linking different parts of local communities

Please note that whilst coronavirus is with us we are monitoring the situation daily and at present not all of our groups are now running. Please check with our trustee Anna Main on 07900730979 and watch social media posts on Facebook and Instagram to check if a particular group is functioning. Please keep safe and we look forward to welcoming you back once everything has returned to normal. In the meantime if you have any issues Bethany can support you with, please do not hesitate to contact her.

Before coronavirus we were operating at the following locations and look forward to reopening once it is deemed safe to do so:-

  • Mondays:
    Brisley Primary School, 9.00-10.30am
  • Tuesdays:
    All Saint’s Church, Shipdham 9.30-11.30am
    Baconsthorpe Village Hall, 10am-12pm
  • Wednesdays:
    Norfolk Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Cley 10.30am-12.30pm
    Walsingham Primary School, 9-11am
  • Fridays:
    Hindringham Primary School, 9-11am
    Keep an eye out for our group starting soon at Pentney Village Hall.

For more information please contact Robert Culyer – Chair of Trustees:

Tel: 01603 882326

Quotes from our feedback forms:

“It’s our highlight of the week we make sure our little boy doesn’t go to nursery that day!”

“The toys provided are lovely quality, varied and very creative.”

“It gives me a chance to be in the moment and have quality time with my son.”

“I have been able to have sociable time with adults and my child has become more sociable.”

Giving and Donating:

The PlayVan is a charitable organisation which relies on ongoing grants and donations to continue funding its work.

If you would like to donate towards the work of the PlayVan you can do so in the following ways:

Diocese of Norwich Online Giving page

Go to this page and select “The PlayVan – mobile play groups” from the drop-down menu under “A project, appeal, or charity” you can then fill in your details and tick if you are able and wish to Gift Aid your donation.

Standing order or direct debit

Donors can either make a one off donation or set up a monthly direct debit or standing order. Please contact the treasurer Ben Tooke – who will be happy to arrange this for your.


The PlayVan welcomes legacies, however large or small. Even a few hundred pounds can make a big difference to the work that we do. We are a self funding trust that relies on financial support from many sources. We are dependent on this funding to be able to do the great work we do with families who no access to pre-school provision in rural Norfolk.

If you would like more information about leaving the PlayVan a legacy please contact Robert Culyer on

PlayVan policies:

To see all our policies for health and safety, safeguarding, staff and volunteers and behavioural codes, please see here.