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Playday - an opportunity to campaign on issues affecting children’s play

JANUARY 21, 2020

August 2nd is Playday and is the biggest play sector event in the UK, and possibly Europe! As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives. Playday is coordinated by Play England, in partnership with Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland.


To celebrate Playday, children, young people and communities get out and play at hundreds of community events across the UK.

Playday events range from street parties, festivals in parks or village greens, mass adventures in woodlands, fields, even beaches, and public events at community venues. From small-scale events to thousands of children taking part in events organised in parks and open spaces – Playday is celebrated by each community in a way that suits them.


It is 30 years since Mick Conway, Paul Bonel and Kim Holdaway put their heads together and came up with the notion of having a day for play and to celebrate this birthday the theme of this years PlayDay is to celebrate 30 years of Play.


As well as a celebration, Playday is an important opportunity to campaign on issues affecting children’s play and provides an opportunity for the play sector to raise awareness about the importance of play in children’s lives, and show decision-makers that cutting local play services will have devastating effects on children, families and whole communities.

In light of the continued government cuts to play and childrens services services across the country, it is more crucial than ever that we unite to stand up for play. For more information on how playwork has been affected by funding cuts read 'Play is a serious business - the impact of funding cuts on our playwork'.


Anyone can organise a Playday event or take part in Playday celebrations.


Lot's of information available on the Playday website here.

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