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BIG Country

Everything about BIG country is BIG – there’s a BIG castle, a BIG ball pool and the best bit is, our daytime sessions are FREE when you book direct for 2 nights or more

BIG Country Childcare

When we say we’re family-friendly, we really mean it. That’s why free childcare for 2-12-year-olds in BIG Country has been a top priority for us for as long as we can remember. Here’s how BIG Country works for you and yours…

  • Booking direct with us and staying for two nights or more? Good news – you get one session of FREE daily childcare for 2-12-year-olds per day. Our Evening session (7:00pm-9:00pm) is chargeable at £10 and if you’re looking to add on more sessions, they are available at the reduced rate of just £10 too.
  • Staying one night and booked direct? No problem, two hour BIG Country sessions are available for a small cost of £10 per child.
  • Booked through a third party (like Booking.com etc)? BIG Country sessions are available to book at £10 per two-hour session
Session times
  • 8.00am – 10.00am
  • BRIDGE from 10.00am – 10.30am (cost per child: £5)*
  • 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • BRIDGE from 3.30pm – 4.00pm (cost per child: £5)*
  • 4.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Evening session: 7.00pm – 9.00pm (cost per child: £10.00 and available only in school holidays)
Good to know 
  • All our team are fully qualified and registered with relevant governing bodies and all undergo Disclosure Scotland checks
  • We’re in high demand so best book in advance online
  • Our evening sessions (7:00pm-9:00pm) are chargeable at £10 per child, and are not included in your daily free session
  • Skip the wait by filling out our consent form in advance. Just print off and fill in your details to hand in at BIG Country Reception on the day.
  • Got kids of different ages? For safety, we split kids into different age groups due to varying ratios of staff members to children set out by the Childcare Commission. We also offer group activities based on age groups and interests. If you have children of different ages, they will still be able to play with each other.
  • Please let us know if you’re going to be more than 30 minutes late for your booking. Failure to do so could result in your place being given away.

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Soft Play

Imagine 3 storeys of ropes, ladders, climbing frames all ending up in a giant ball pool. Imagine no more, it’s real and is free to use here at Crieff Hydro.

Good to know
  • It’s free and open for Crieff Hydro hotel and self-catering and Murray Park guests
  • Open everyday 10:30am – 12:30pm, 1:30pm – 3:30pm, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Make sure you book your slot – either at BIG Country reception or complete our online contact form
  • Only one family at a time for 15 minutes of play. You can pick up your wristband from the Big Country reception area.
  • Adults must stay with children.

Little Country

Designed with our littlest guests in mind (under 3 years), Little Country allows imaginations to run wild – be a builder, be a chef, be a policeman. With plenty of space to run wild and lots to keep everyone entertained, it’s a must visit for our youngest guests.

It’s open daily from 10:30am to 12:30pm and from 1:30pm to 5:30pm – just pop in with your littlest ones when it suits you.

Good to know
  • It’s free to all and there’s no need to book
  • Open daily from 10:30am to 12:30pm and from 1:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Adult supervision
  • We will allow a maximum of 6 adults from 3 households in this area at one time
  • Check in with our Big Country Team before using Little Country


Got little ones under 2 and looking for childcare during the day? Not a problem, we’ve a creche which runs alongside the BIG Country childcare sessions.

Good to know
  • All our team are fully qualified and registered with relevant governing bodies and all undergo Disclosure Scotland checks
  • £20 per session
  • Session times run the same as BIG country (no bridging sessions) – great if you have kids of different ages
  • Spaces are limited so best to book in advance here

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Looking for an evening with just the two of you? We work closely with Little Royals Childcare so if you’re in need of a babysitter for the night, just get in touch directly with them and book one of their experienced babysitters.

Call: 01586 553863
Email: [email protected]

Little Royals Childcare
PO BOX 9276
PA28 9AG

All your questions answered

Is BIG Country open?

Yes, Big Country has re-opened and we cannot wait to welcome your wee ones back! Due to current restrictions, we’ve reduced spaces and times slots available. Each child can book into one session per day, bridging sessions are currently unavailable.

So, what are the session times?

Session 1: 8:00am – 10:00am

BRIDGE from 10:00am – 10:30am (cost per child: £5)*

Session 2: 10:30am – 12:30pm


Session 3: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

BRIDGE from 3:30pm – 4:00pm (cost per child: £5)*

Session 4: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Evening session: 7:00pm – 9:00pm (cost per child: £10.00) only available in peak season

*Bridge sessions need to be booked in conjunction with a session. They can be used to join two sessions together or can be used as additional time for one session.

What is a BIG Country bridge?

A bridge is a 30 minute session which can be used with one full two hour session. It can also join two sessions together which means you can access 4.5 hours of childcare.  A bridge session cannot be used over lunch time (12:30pm – 1:30pm).

A bridge is £5 per child (covers the cost of providing a snack and a drink for your kids).

Why are we being charged for bridges and the evening session?

Partly because we’ve noticed changing demands – you’ve told us you’d like more things for families to do together in the evening and we’ve listened. And partly because we didn’t want to do away with the session altogether, as other hotels have done. Both of these options come at no small cost to us as a business.

Therefore, the small charges allow us to reinvest in both BIG Country and other areas such as our entertainment program. Plus, the £5 cost for a bridge goes towards providing a snack and a drink for your kids.

Why no lunchtime bridge?

This one is simple enough – our BIG Country team need a break and something to eat too!

When are peak / off peak times?

Peak times include every day within the school holidays (which means both the Scottish school holiday period and the school holiday periods south of the border) and weekends (that means Friday – Sunday afternoon).

Off peak is everything in between!

What's the cost?
  • Booking direct with us and staying for two nights or more? Good news – you get two hours of FREE daily childcare sessions for 2-12 year olds. Wanting to add on more sessions? Our sessions are available at the reduced rate of just £10 including our 7:00pm-9:00pm sessions
  • Staying one night and booked direct? No problem, two hour Big Country sessions are available to book for the wee ones for just £10
  • Booked through a third party (like Booking.com)? BIG Country sessions are available to book at £10 per two hour session
  • Bridge sessions – £5 per child
  • Evening sessions – £10 per child


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