5000 people enjoy a giant free day of play

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An estimated 5,000 people enjoyed dozens of exciting free activities including tree climbing, circus skills and water wars when the tenth National Playday came to Yeovil Country Park on Wednesday 5 August.

The annual National Playday event – which is organised and funded by the Community Health & Leisure Team at South Somerset District Council – offered a huge variety of activities and experiences for children and young people across South Somerset and beyond.

The flat grassy area at Yeovil Country Park was transformed into a giant play zone with thousands of families enjoying thrills ranging from scaling the mobile climbing wall to more simple pleasures like toasting marshmallows.


Organiser, Robert Parr, South Somerset District Council’s Senior Play and Youth Facilities Officer said: “This was our tenth National Playday and our busiest yet. This year, South Somerset District Council is organising Playdays in 13 communities and providing a small grant to help seven other locations to organise their own event.

“The idea is to provide an excellent range of challenging and unusual free play activities for local children to enjoy. With so many communities having a Playday there will be free fun near most families in South Somerset.”

Cllr 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. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere on the day helped to encourage young people to get involved in a wide range of activities.

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“Thousands of people have already attended our Playdays this summer. These events not only offer families an exciting range of free activities but are also a great way of bringing communities together.”

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