Bristol Playday returns for another afternoon of free play and exploration: Playday 2018

31 Jul 2019

Bristol Playday returns for another afternoon of free play and exploration

Castle Park will come alive with family fun and games this summer, as Bristol gets set to host its 17th annual Playday. 

The biggest free play event of the summer will once again welcome hundreds of excited families.

Families with children between the ages of four and twelve are being invited to take part in a wide range of activities from den building and sensory play to sports and games. Everyone will also have access to a hang-out den and all are invited to bring a picnic along.

This year’s Bristol Playday is centred around the theme of Play Builds Children, highlighting the importance play has on the lives of all children, families and communities

Councillor Helen Godwin, Cabinet Member for Women, Children and Families, said: “I am pleased to welcome Playday back to Bristol for another year. The opportunity for fun and play is vitally important to a child’s development and helps to develop social skills and creativity.

“Playday is a perfect way to bring people together to mark the importance of play with a day of fun and activities, and I encourage everyone with young children to head on down to Castle Park for an exciting afternoon of play and celebration.

“I would also like to thank all the organisations that have signed up to the Children’s Charter since its launch at last year’s Playday, and pledged to support the lives of children and young people across the city.”

Entry to the event is free and will be held between 12 and 3.30pm on Wednesday 7 August.

Bristol Playday supports the wider National Playday which celebrates its 32nd birthday this year.

The event also marks the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Bristol Children’s Charter, which was launched at Bristol Playday last year.

The Charter, a set of ten pledges that align with the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, sets out the city’s aspirations for all children without discrimination.

Since the launch last year, more than 95 organisations have committed to the pledges, with more organisations expected to sign on in the coming months.

To build on this success, Bristol will also be hosting the Towards the Child-Friendly City Conference in November, inviting experts from around Europe to discuss how we can emphasise children’s rights in the built environment.

Playday is accessible to pushchairs and wheelchairs with some accessible toilets within the event space. Additional facilities, are located nearby in the Galleries

Bristol Playday is jointly hosted between Bristol City Council and Playful Bristol, a multi-agency partnership of organisations and individuals passionate about children's play in Bristol.