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Come out to play and explore on National Children’s Day UK


To celebrate National Children’s Day UK 2015 (Sunday 17 May) Play Wales, in partnership with Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, has published a short guide aimed at parents and carers – Why playing matters and what we can all do about it.

It explores the importance of playing outside and contact with nature for all children and their families and it provides tips for supporting children to play out confidently.

Playing contributes to children’s wellbeing, resilience and happiness. Having welcoming places, enough time and the company of others to play with, is very important to all children – as adults we need to foster environments that support this.

Also, to mark the national celebration Cadw will be opening its sites free of charge to children under 16 on Sunday, 17 May. Families across Wales are encouraged to visit their local heritage monument with their children, to discover the fascinating stories behind these spectacular historic sites.

A number of Cadw sites will also be offering special opportunities to play and explore. These include activities at St Davids Bishop’s Palace, music and games at Rhuddlan Castle, costumed fun at Caernarfon Castle, teddies, trails and puppets at Cilgerran Castle, and a medieval Magna Carta tournament at Chepstow Castle.

The aim of National Children’s Day UK is to get as many people as possible to take part in events and activities that highlight and celebrate the Rights and Freedoms of Children. This year’s campaign celebrates how important play and playfulness is to the health and wellbeing of both children and adults.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates AM said:

‘I want to make Wales the most active nation in Europe and ensuring children have the opportunities to play outside and enjoy nature has an important role to play in this aim.

‘I am pleased that we are offering children across Wales the chance to access our fantastic Cadw sites for free on the 17 May. This will give them the chance to explore and play in safe and engaging environments and importantly enjoy new experiences as a family.’

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The National Museum of Wales is also supporting National Children’s Day UK with family fun events at various sites, including the National Roman Legion Museum. Other museums across Wales including Tenby and Abergavenny Museum will have special family events.

The National Trust’s Chirk Castle will also be offering free entry to children and young people under the age of 18 and providing wide range of activities to entertain the whole family, including a den building area, two play areas, games in the gardens, and dungeons to explore.

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More information about National Children’s Day UK