To celebrate the national Playday on Wednesday 6 August, Salisbury City Council in partnership with local residents hosted its first Family Playday event at the Friary Community Centre and surrounding grounds and then on Thursday 7 August hosted the annual Playday at Wyndham Park.
On Playday thousands of children and their families get out to play at hundreds of community events across the UK.
From small-scale events to thousands of children taking over Trafalgar Square – Playday is celebrated by each community in a way that suits them. 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
As part of the Friary Playday families from the estate came together for sporty fun, inflatables, children’s entertainment, face painting, arts and crafts, BBQ, refreshments and much more. Activities were provided by organisations such as Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire Council, Assemblies of God and RSPB and with over 100 families attending – The Play Day was a huge success. There was also activities and advice on offer from Learn Direct, Salisbury Fire Service, Stop Smoking Wiltshire and Salisbury Community Coaches as well as other partner organisations.
Families stayed for the duration of the event, playing and enjoying the free activities which created a great community feel to the entire day.
Over at Wyndham Park the Playday organised in conjunction with Starminders Childcare offered activities that included: Arts and crafts with Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury Cathedral and Scrapstore. Sporty fun with a Human Table Football, Active Salisbury, Little Kickers, Happy Bats Tennis, gardens games and skittles!
Lots of people also enjoyed climbing trees with The Big Tree Climb for a canopy view of Salisbury and babies and younger children had great fun in the soft play area, baby sensory and the sling swing.