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Playday is the national day for play, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August. It is the biggest play sector event in the UK. The event is coordinated by Play England, in partnership with Play Wales, Play Scotland and Play Board Northern Ireland. Playday is a celebration of children’s right to play and the campaign’s aim is to highlight the importance of play in a child’s life.
In 1986, rumours began circulating the UK regarding imminent cuts on school-based play centres and adventure playgrounds. As a response, a group of “Playworkers” called a meeting to find a solution, resulting in the inception of Playday. The initial aim of the group was to raise awareness of the benefits of play and alert people to the potential loss of services due to funding cuts.
Playday became a nationally recognised awareness day in 1991 and has become the biggest celebration of children’s play in the UK.
To celebrate Playday, families are encouraged to get involved in the hundreds of community events hosted around the UK. These events can range from street parties, park festivals, woodland adventures, sports days and beach parties.
From back gardens to large parks, Playday events can be arranged in all sizes, celebrated by each community in a way that reflects them.
To find your nearest Playday event, click here.
Whether you have your own children, nieces and nephews, or if you work with children, there are numerous ways you can help raise awareness for Playday. Such as:
Organise a celebration
No matter the size, any individual can organise a Playday event. For assistance and top tips, use the Playday website to help in planning your event.
Spread the word
Keep yourself up to date with the latest news from Playday and help promote the campaign by following their official Facebook page. You can also download official Playday promotional flyers and posters for free here, to help you raise support for Playday in your area.
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