Family fun as part of National Play Day at a Wisbech park

National Play Day at Wisbech Adventure Playground. Mayor of March, David Hodgson with Braedon on the

National Play Day at Wisbech Adventure Playground. Mayor of March, David Hodgson with Braedon on the swing. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Families gathered in a Wisbech park to enjoy a free day of fun as part of a national play day event.

National Play Day at Wisbech Adventure Playground. Picture: Steve Williams.

National Play Day at Wisbech Adventure Playground. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The day was one of hundreds running nationwide as a celebration of children’s right and freedom to play.

There was something for the whole family at Wisbech Adventure Playground including food, refreshments and ice cream throughout the day.

Now in its 28th year, Playday is the biggest play event in the UK, and possibly Europe.#

As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives.

National Play Day at Wisbech Adventure Playground. Picture: Steve Williams.

National Play Day at Wisbech Adventure Playground. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant


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Back in 1986, rumours were rife of imminent cuts on school-based play centres and adventure playgrounds in London. In response, a group of playworkers called a meeting to see what they could do.

Not many turned up, but unperturbed Mick Conway, Paul Bonel and Kim Holdaway put their heads together and came up with the notion of having a day for play.

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Their initial aims were to raise the profile of play and alert people locally to the potential loss of children’s play services. They had no idea that it would become anything more than an inner London campaign to persuade boroughs to continue to support playgrounds and play centres.

From just a couple of events in 1987, Playday grew to around a dozen in London by 1989, went national in 1991 and is now the biggest celebration of children’s play in the UK.

Last year communities across the UK celebrated Playday at more than 850 events.

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