The Northern Ireland branch of the International Play Association (IPA NI) is holding a Play Gathering on 20 to 21 May at the Clandeboye Estate, Bangor.

The gathering is an exciting, interactive programme for all advocates of play. It includes a variety of workshops and practical activities that guarantee fun, and experiences which can be transferred into practice. Evening activities will be arranged including fun in the dark and a campfire. There are ample opportunities to pitch your tent and bathroom facilities are on site.

If you went to the 2019 event you will know that this event will book out fast! So tickets are strictly on a first come, first served basis. This year, the event will include a BBQ on the Friday evening, breakfast on the Saturday PLUS a year’s membership to IPA NI. This is the perfect opportunity for those working in a play based environment and the time is particularly useful for those organising summer schemes in 2022

Climate/environmental theme (proposed activities)

Friday night

  • Settle in
  • Make our mark – 2022 banner
  • Introduction to Wide game – a big fun game with character and loads of fun!
  • Night games


  • Dawn chorus walk
  • Mindfulness
  • Group play planning and delivery
  • Save the planet – playwork style – 2nd part of the BIG game for the BIG planet

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