College Green will yet again be the place to be for family fun, games and play as Bristol gets set to host its 16th annual Playday.
The iconic setting outside City Hall and Bristol Cathedral will again come alive with the sounds of play and excitement as the biggest free play event of the summer welcomes hundreds of excited families.
The event will be held between 12 and 4pm on Wednesday 1st August – Entry is free.
This year’s event will also see the unveiling of the new Bristol Children’s Charter.
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.
Councillor Helen Godwin, Cabinet Member for Women, Children and Families, said: “Play is such an important part of the lives of children and families and Playday is the perfect showcase of the incredible network we have in this city. It’s so important to ensure that children have that chance to play and that we provide the opportunities for play to happen in our day to day lives. This is one of the reasons why we chose Playday as the day to unveil the city’s first ever charter for children that sets out the kind of place we want our children to live, grow up and develop in. I urge everyone with little ones to head on down to College Green for a fun afternoon of play and exploration.”
Accompanied children up to the age of twelve are invited to dive into a host of activities from den building and sensory play to sports and games. Families will also have access to a hang-out den and all are invited to bring a picnic along.
Bristol Playday supports the wider National Playday which celebrates its 31st birthday this year. The national set of events is aimed at promoting play as an intergral part of a child’s development as enshrined in Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; “Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities.”
This year’s Bristol Playday is centred around Every Child’s Right to Play, highlighting the importance play has on the lives of all children and families.
The free event is accessible to pushchairs and wheelchairs with some accessible toilets within the event space. Additional facilities, including a Changing Places toilet, are located nearby within City Hall.
Bristol Playday is jointly hosted between Bristol City Council and Bristol Play Network, a multi-agency partnership of organisations and individuals passionate about children's play in Bristol.