Ping Pong Parlour and Bat and Chat

Ping Pong Parlours are ‘pop-up’ spaces (usually empty shop units), filled with table tennis tables to provide a fun, accessible venue for passers-by to play ping pong for free as well as creating a buzz in shopping centres and the High Street.

They form part of our vision to inspire people to get active and lead happier, healthier lifestyles by introducing table tennis into the places they already spend time in their everyday lives.

The Grafton Centre is the latest Ping Pong Parlour and has been open since September.

It has seen such impressive numbers that there has been a "Bat and Chat" session specifically set up for the over 50s. This starts on Wednesday 31st Oct and more details can be found below:


‘Bat & Chat’ at The Grafton Ping Pong Parlour


Following the success of The Grafton’s Ping Pong Parlour which opened at the beginning of September, weekly ‘Bat & Chat’ structured sessions are to be introduced into the Parlour for visitors aged 50 and above.

In partnership with Table Tennis England and Cambridge City Council’s Active Lifestyles Team, the ‘Bat & Chat’ sessions will be led by a facilitator and involve a combination of free play, fun games and a break for socialising. It is hoped that these sessions will provide an additional opportunity to take part in table tennis and get active, whilst meeting new people and making new friendships.

Jack Grundy, Programmes Activator at Table Tennis England said:

“We’re delighted that The Grafton Ping Pong Parlour has been so well received by visitors and welcome the opportunity to help promote all the health and well-being benefits of social table tennis for older people”

John O’Shea, Centre Manager, The Grafton said: “The response to the Ping Pong Parlour has been brilliant and it is great that ‘Bat & Chat’ sessions will soon be a part of it. As a key part of the Cambridge community, it is important to us that we’re able to host and facilitate events and activities like this and I’m sure that based on the popularity of the Ping Pong Parlour, the ‘Bat & Chat’ sessions will prove a smash hit.”

The Bat & Chat sessions are free to attend and will take place in the Ping Pong Parlour in The Grafton every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30, starting on 31st October until 28th November 2018. The Ping Pong Parlour can be found on the ground floor nearby H&M.

For more information please contact;

Jack Grundy,

Helen Robbins;


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