August 2, 2023


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August 2, 2023 All day

PlayBoard is holding a Playday event on Wednesday 2 August, 10am – 12pm in Ormeau Park (3G MUGA pitch, Ozone complex), Belfast. (This event is FULLY BOOKED.)

The free event will have a range of inclusive play activities including: arts & crafts, music & dance, traditional games, loose parts, den building and more.

Children/young people must be accompanied by a parent/carer. Places are limited – early booking is strongly advised.

To book go to *Please note – this event is now fully booked*

The event is supported by Mae Murray Foundation, Belfast City Council, Disability Sport NI, Bryson Energy Play Resource.

About Playday

Playday is the national day for play across the UK, taking place every year on the first Wednesday in August. Playday is a celebration of children’s right to play, and a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children and young people’s lives.

The biggest celebration of children’s play in the UK, Playday is the most important date in the play sector’s calendar. The campaign sees thousands of children, young people, and communities get out and play at events, large and small, across the UK.

This year’s theme is Playing on a shoestring – making every day an adventure.

The theme focuses on the everyday low-cost or no-cost play adventures that children can enjoy at home, in settings, and in our communities.

Play opportunities don’t need to involve expensive activities, costly toys, or trips to far-off destinations. It is often the simplest ideas, the free and found opportunities, which offer the most fun, and are the most developmentally beneficial for children and young people.

  • Play is essential at all ages and stages of childhood, and is particularly important during times of crisis.
  • Play helps children and young people make sense of the world around them, deal with challenges, and build resilience.
  • Play is fun, enabling children and young people to make friends, blow off steam, and cope with stress and anxiety.
  • Play is vital for children and young people’s health, happiness, and skills development including creativity, imagination, and sense of adventure.

Make this Playday, and every day, an adventure!

Get involved

  • Share your Playday event – add your event to the Playday events listing.
  • Find a Playday event near you.
  • Download campaign posters.
  • Become a Playday Champion – an opportunity for national organisations to support the Playday campaign.

Visit the Playday website for more information at

Play ideas & activities

Click on the links below for fun, low-cost play ideas and activities:

Stay up to date by following Playday on Facebook and Twitter. #Playday2023 #PlayingOnAShoestring

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

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