Playday is the national day for play, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August.
Now in its 26th year, Playday is the biggest play sector event in the UK, and possibly Europe! As well as being a celebration of children’s right to play, it also aims to highlight the importance of play in children’s lives. The event is coordinated by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland.
Playday involves children, young people and communities getting out and playing at hundreds of community events across the UK.
This year, it’s on 7th August with the theme of ‘Playful Places’ and the organisers are calling on everyone to help make sure that the places where children live and hang out are also great places to play. They believe that:
- Children should feel welcomed where they live and feel part of their communities.
- Parents want their children to be able to play outside.
- Public space should be designed and managed with children’s play in mind.
- Children and young people need to be involved in planning the places and spaces where they play.
To find out more about Playday and how you can get involved visit the Playday website at www.playday.org.uk