Playday, the national day of play, is returning on 2nd August. This year’s theme is Playing on a shoestring, which focuses oneveryday, low cost or no cost play adventures that children can enjoy at home or out and about.

Every year, a series of events are hosted across the UK to encourage play. According to the team behind Playday, play is essential at all ages and stages of childhood and is particularly important during times of crisis, like the recent cost of living crisis and the pandemic, which many children are still recovering from. Play helps children and young people make sense of the world around them and deal with challenges. Play is also vital for you people’s health, happiness and skill development – so we should encourage play at every opportunity!

With the school holidays coming up and the need to keep the kids entertained for the next couple of weeks, why not check out what Playday events are taking place in your area? All of the events this year will focus on free or low-cost options, you can find more details of things to do over the summer by checking our what’s on pages or by visiting the Playday website here.