The Mission of Howden Clough Methodist Church
"The children they came in two by two....Noah's Ark in an old Methodist Chapel...who'd 'ave believed it!"

The Wesley Playhouse is the first church run outreach mission for families providing a soft play area and cafe. It is a new way of being Church, part of the Fresh Expressions movement and a project of Howden Clough Methodist Church, near Birstall. The Wesley Playhouse was formed to spearhead this outreach to offer a New way of being Church in a more relevant way in the 21st Century.

Christmas Opening Times from 21st Dec:

28th Dec: 9.30 to 3pm

2nd Jan: 9.30 to 3pm

3rd Jan: 9.30 to 3pm

4th Jan: 9.30 to 3pm

Saturdays: CLOSED

(Except for pre-booked parties)


Please note we will close if we have no customers at 2pm

So that staff and volunteers are not hanging around in the winter months.

Admission Prices

We are now charging for entrance as donations have not been enough to cover our costs.

The entrance costs are now:

£3.50 per child

£2.50 for non-walkers

£2.00 per child

(for registered child minders & twins)


We hold "Playhouse Praise" on the 2nd Sunday of the Month from 4pm:
An exciting informal time of crafts, songs and Bible stories together with a time to play in the Ark for all the family to enjoy.


Please note we do not have facilities for debit or credit cards so payment can ONLY be by cash or cheques, thank you.
So why not come to our Ark Caf and relax, chat, meet up with friends with a drink and homemade cake.

We provides a safe, friendly place for children from 0 to 11 to play in a themed soft play area, a caf for adults and children to enjoy healthy, fair-trade food and drinks whilst chilling out.

We also provide a venue for Christenings, Weddings, children's birthday parties or family celebrations, come and see us, we will try and provide all you need.

We provide a venue for Church youth groups to come and use "The Wesley Playhouse" as part of their church life or as a special treat for your church clubs.
The Wesley Playhouse Ltd
Howden Clough Methodist Church
Nab Lane,
Howden Clough,
WF17 0HU
(Off Leeds Road going towards Morley from Birstall)

Please DO NOT use SAT Nav to find us you will end up at the local tip.
If you don't know where we are please ring on 07511868836 or look at the maps on the "How to find us" section of the website.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Playhouse Praise

Playhouse Praise meets at 4pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month.

We have crafts, songs, stories from the Bible and fun for all the family.