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National Playday 2017

Welcome to this year's free fun filled play event!

This page should tell you everything you need to know about the day. If you would like any further information then please contact the Play Sufficiency Officer on: 01437 77 5868

You can also keep up to date with what's going on locally with play events in and around Pembrokeshire by visiting 

But first, let's look at what play is and why we are celebrating it.

What is play?

Play is an essential part of every child's life. It is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as for social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. When children are asked about what they think is important in their lives, playing and friends are usually at the top of the list.

Play is a generic term applied to a wide range of activities and behaviours that are satisfying, creative and freely chosen by the child.

Children's play may or may not involve equipment or have an end product. Children play on their own and with others. Their play may be boisterous and energetic or quiet and contemplative, light-hearted or very serious.

Children's right to play

In 1991, the UK government ratified the United Nations convention on the rights of the child. The Playday campaign is committed to achieving the full implementation of this right, to ensure all children in the UK can play.
What is Playday?

Playday is the national day for play, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August.

It is the biggest play sector 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. Playday is coordinated by Play England, in partnership with Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland.

What happens on Playday?

To celebrate Playday, children, young people and communities get out and play at hundreds of community events across the UK.
Playday events range from street parties, festivals in parks or village greens, mass adventures in woodlands, fields, even beaches, and public events at community venues. From small-scale events to thousands of children taking part in events organised in parks and open spaces - Playday is celebrated by each community in a way that suits them.

Campaigning for play

As well as a celebration, Playday is an opportunity to campaign on issues affecting children's play.
Each year, we call on everyone to celebrate Playday and show why play is fundamental for children's enjoyment of childhood, and vital for their health, well-being and development.

Here's what you need to know about the day:

Following on from the success of last year's National Playday, this event will be held again at Scolton Manor and Park, Haverfordwest. There will be lots and lots of fantastic play activities which are all free including no entrance fee!

The day starts at 10:00am and finishes at 3:00pm

• Bring one odd sock and one pool noodle to make a noodle sock horse to ride around the obstacle course
• Pack a family picnic and a blanket/folding chairs to sit upon!

Parking at Scolton is available but these spaces will be LIMITED and you may not be able to park once all of these have been taken. There will be a charge of £1.00 per vehicle to park.

So instead, save yourself some money, unnecessary hassle and take the family on the free and wheelchair accessible 70 seater shuttle coach which will run from Haverfordwest to Scolton Manor and back throughout the day.

The route will be from Haverfordwest Bus Station Coach Bay (located near the entrance to the bus station) if you are on foot or you can catch the bus at Sir Thomas Picton Comprehensive school where you can park your car FOR FREE and then head in comfort onto Scolton Manor.

How easy is that!

It also helps us out, as not as many cars will then head to Scolton, trying to find room in the limited parking space available.

What to bring:

• Children and possibly adults will need a change of clothes as some of the activities may be wet and muddy
• A packed lunch for the whole family and a blanket/ folding chairs
• Drinks and hot food will also be available for purchase
• Wet weather clothing. Please check weather forecast before heading over
• A smile and a sense of adventure!

How to find us:
5 miles north of Haverfordwest on the B4329 Cardigan Road
Scolton Manor, Bethlehem, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 5QL

Looking forward to seeing you all on Playday 2017


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