Enjoy a National Day for Play on the First Wednesday in August
Playday is a celebration that’s been held every year, since its inception in 1986. Traditionally, it is held on the first Wednesday in August. For 2018, events will take place on or around August 1. It is meant as a celebration of a child’s right to play and to highlight the importance of play in their lives.
The History of Playday
A group of playworkers called a meeting in 1986, when it was rumoured that school-based play centres and adventure playgrounds in London were going to face cuts in funding. The meeting was not too successful, with very few people attending. However, some of the organisers of the meeting decided to push on and organise a day for play. The reason for such a special day was to raise awareness of play and let people know that their children’s play services were under threat. What started out as a small scale campaign, soon spread across the UK. In 1991 it went national and now classes itself as the biggest celebration of its kind in the UK.
There Will be Playday Events Taking Place Near You
Across the UK, there will be hundreds of events taking place, where young people and children can enjoy playing together. Events will be varied and it’s highly likely there will be something taking place in a town or city nearby. You’ll get the opportunity to take part in street parties, festivals, woodland adventures and community events.
Events are coordinated by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland, PlayBoard Northern Ireland and a national steering group. Supporters and organisers also play a vital role in the campaigns success.