Playday 2016

Playday 2016 took place on Wednesday 3 August. 

The Playday 2016 campaign theme was Play matters.

The Playday Play matters campaign called on everyone to help make sure that children and young people across the UK have the time, freedom and space to play. As well promoting children's right to play, the campaign highlighted that play matters for:

  • children’s mental health and wellbeing
  • creativity and learning
  • all ages and abilities
  • communities.


Playday 2016 Wales media release 

Thousands of Welsh children play out for Playday

Today (Wednesday 3 August 2016) thousands of children and young people across Wales will be playing out and celebrating Playday – the national day for play.

Hundreds of local and regional play events are taking place across Wales and the rest of the UK to promote the importance of children’s right to play. Playday events will be taking place from Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay, to Sgwâr Alban in Aberaeron, to Morgan Jones Park in Caerphilly.

This year’s Playday theme ‘Play Matters…’ celebrates the many benefits of playing outdoors – for children of all ages and abilities as well as for stronger communities and child-friendly neighbourhoods.

Many of our childhood memories include climbing trees, making dens, jumping in puddles, making mud pies, rolling down hills, playing with water, chasing, hide and seek, climbing. When children talk about their preferred play experiences, they more often than not cite outdoor play as their favourite activity. The outdoors is the best place for children to practice and master emerging physical skills. Frequent and regular opportunities to explore and play in the outdoor environment is essential for children’s holistic health, their wellbeing, happiness, learning and development. 

Mike Greenway, Director of Play Wales said:

‘Play matters because it is how children define their lives and learn how they fit in the world. Unfortunately because it’s more fun than school some people think it’s less important; nothing could be further from the truth.’

Let us know how you celebrate Playday 2016 – share your photos, post it, tweet it, blog it! Use the #Playday2016 hashtag so we can link up across social media

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