About Rattle & Roll Playspace 

Anne with baby Soren, baby number 6.

Update: Covid-19 re-opening

After a very stressful time for myself personally having the business close and having a newborn and then six children to homeschool we are just making headway to getting the café finally re-opened. It will be a very different system from before and we are prioritising our classes after all that is where it all started. For now you will only be able to attend the cafe if you have booked or a class or open play session to enable us to control numbers in the venue and keep everyone safe. The cafe will be running a reduced menu and hopefully as things slowly return the normal we will be able to open things up a bit more. You can however book a single class and stay after your session for a little while to chat with friends or have a coffee. We have done a thorough Covid-19 risk assessment and have numerous procedures in place to manage this. 

Your safety and your little ones safety is our upmost priority. 


Back in 2003 Rattle and Roll music was set up by Anne a local mum who had tried a few music sessions in the area and couldn't help feel the fit just wasn't right. With a background in the theatre and dance, Rattle and Roll was born. 

Anne started with one session a week in 2003 growing to 200 customers a week in 2018! 

Having used shared spaces such as church halls and rooms rented hourly Anne decided she needed to take the plunge and find some premises of her own and finally set down roots.

Now in 2022 Anne has grown her family too, going from one child in 2002 to seven children from the ages of 0 -19 years old and can still be found running sessions and parties down at the café

Rattle & Roll Playcafe opened in April 2019 offering healthy meals, snacks, cakes and AMAZING coffee.

We want to create a home from home as being a new mum can be scary and daunting and going places for the first time can be a challenge. You will always find a friendly face to welcome you here .

Rattle in Retirement  - In 2018 Anne started a new project bringing the music classes into nursing homes. A new inter-generational project that not only benefitted the children attending but also the residents in the care home. Parents were given the opportunity to book onto sessions in various care homes across Sheffield to join in with this unique project. An award was made by Sheffield City Council to fund 4 homes for weekly sessions for a whole years meaning the home and the parents could enjoy the activity free of charge. Now due to Covid-19 all the nursing home classes are on hold for the time being which was a really sad end to such a great initiative. 



Ann Connolly Founder Ratle and Roll Playspace baby music
Rattle in retirement Sheffied

Rattle in Retirement was launched in 2018, bringing happiness to many residents across Sheffield. Baby Soren (Anne's Baby) enjoying a cuddle with a lovely lady in a care home.

From the Press


Nik Farah - The Sheffield Star

"I'm thrilled to find colourful, fun, clean and secure play areas,  a menu stuffed with tasty food, friendly attentive staff, and an endless supply of tea.


Janine  - Facebook review

“I visited the new Playspace today. Both my 20 month old and 5 year old had a lovely time. The food was delicious would highly reccomed this place.”


Joanne - Facebook review

“My son started R&R at 4 months old and we've both loved attending over the last 4 years. A great class for all ages with a fab mix of music and activities. Thank you so much, we will miss youx”