College Green to become a science, den building, sensory and sport playground for Bristol Playday 2017

College Green will come alive this summer with the sounds of play and excitement as Bristol Playday returns to celebrate its fifteenth birthday.

Families with children between the ages of four and twelve are being invited to take over the city centre green space for an event that will host different play and learning zones including a den building zone, a sports zone, a S.T.E.A.M. zone (science, technology, engineering, art and maths), a sensory zone and a picnic zone.

Entry to the event is free and will be held between 12 and 4pm on Wednesday 2 August.

The annual event supports the wider National Playday set of UK wide events which will celebrate 30 years of celebrating children’s rights to play and highlighting the importance play has on the lives of children.

Councillor Helen Godwin, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said:

“Play has such a profound influence on the lives of children. 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. Bristol Playday is a fantastic way of celebrating the important influence play has on all of us and it’s wonderful to see, year in year out, so many families descend on College Green to be part of that celebration.”

Bristol Playday is a jointly hosted event between Bristol City Council and Bristol Play Network, a multi-agency partnership of organisations and individuals passionate about children’s play in Bristol. Each partner has pledged a commitment to promoting child-friendly and playful communities by planning and providing more and better opportunities for children to play now and into the future.

This year’s event is also supporting the Bristol Learning City aims of promoting the opportunities for all people and communities to learn and prosper. The open and accessible event invites families from all corners of Bristol to take part in the different activities available, sharing opportunities to play across communities.