20 communities set to benefit from free Playdays

This summer 20 communities will come to life when South Somerset District Council brings free Playdays to towns and villages right across the district.

From Wincanton to Combe St Nicholas and Henstridge to Long Sutton a wide range of exciting and fun activities will descend on each community.

South Somerset District Council will be organising the Playdays in 13 communities and providing a small grant to help the other seven locations to organise their own event.


Steve Barnes, Young People’s Officer at South Somerset District Council, explains more about Playdays, “We offer these Playdays as a way giving families an exciting range of free activities during the summer holidays. They are a great way of bringing communities together and last year more than 10,000 came along to enjoy free play fun.

“From getting up close and personal with birds of prey to drumming workshops these events will bring a range of free play activities to different communities. Playdays not only increase the range of play for residents but also offer the chance to meet people and make new friends.

“In time our aim is to empower the communities to take on the organisation of the Playdays and we can help with this transition by offering small grants and any support they need.”

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Councillor Sylvia Seal, South Somerset’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture added, “This is part of South Somerset District Council’s ongoing work to increase and improve play opportunities for children in the district. Playdays have a special relaxed atmosphere and we hope the communities come out in large numbers to enjoy themselves.”

To find your nearest Playday visit www.southsomerset.gov.uk/playdays or go to the Facebook page www.facebook.com/PlayYouthSouthSomerset

Photo: Organiser Stuart Talbott (far right) with Playday participants. Stuart is one of two Playday organisers working for South Somerset District Council. The other is Pete May.