There is not long to go until this year’s Playday, taking place across the UK on Wednesday 3 August.

The theme for this year’s national day of play is All to play for – building play opportunities for all children.

Get involved!


Register your event on the Playday website to share with families or find out what’s happening in your local area. You can also download posters to promote your event.

Ards & North Down Borough Council The Council’s Playday celebrations are being held on 3 August in Platinum Jubilee Park, Ballygowan from 12pm to 3pm. Activities on the day include garden games, archery and skittles alley.

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council Join the Council during their exciting week of free Playday events running 1 – 5 August including family fun days and teddy bear’s picnics.

Mid & East Antrim Borough CouncilBig Telly Theatre Company’s Bear Hospital will be calling at Larne Town Hall on 3 and 4 August (11am – 1pm and 2.30pm – 4.30pm). This playful, interactive performance features professional actors as doctors and nurses dedicated to bear care.

Newry, Mourne & Down District Council – As part of the Council’s FreePlay Project a morning and afternoon play session will be taking place in Downpatrick with outdoor activities including den building, team games and arts and crafts. *FULLY BOOKED*

Play ideas

For lots of play ideas including PlayBoard’s Summer of Play challenge visit our Play Ideas page. We are sharing tips and ideas on social media in the run-up to Playday – follow PlayBoard on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Channel 5’s Pip and Posy love to play! Download their new resource pack which has lots of fun activities to try for Playday such as making a silly hat, building a bug hotel and going on a treasure hunt.

All to play for

This year’s theme aims to highlight that play is for everyone. Play happens everywhere, every day, and is the right of every child and young person. Playday encourages families, communities, and organisations large and small, to consider how they can build better opportunities for all children to play. Following the challenges children and young people have faced over the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, play is more important than ever.

  • Play is essential for children and young people’s physical and mental health.
  • Play allows children and young people to make friends, develop relationships, and have fun together.
  • Play enables children and young people to feel connected to their communities, leading to happier communities for all.
  • Play has an important role in helping children and young people cope with stress and anxiety, deal with challenges, and make sense of what’s happening around them.

We’re calling for more play, better play, every day!

After two years of restrictions across the UK, we are looking forward to hearing about the exciting ways you plan to celebrate Playday this year.

Find out more about Playday.

Follow Playday on Facebook and Twitter and get involved using #Playday2022 and #AllToPlayFor

Playday is coordinated by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland.

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