The playful nature of Slacklining

Guest post – Harry Cloudfoot (Slackline Instructor and Performing Artist) To both children, young people, and adults alike a slackline immediately presents endless possibilities for play. But for those not familiar with a slackline or its potential, allow me to elaborate… A slackline is essentially a long, thin, bouncy strip of tensioned material that you … Continue reading

Communities do it for themselves

This summer, WPA has been supporting communities to get out and play – from Jubilee bank holiday and June half term events, to those happening across the six-week summer break.  Amidst all events that have been held there is one that has stood out as a shining example of  ‘Communities Doing It For Themselves’. Jane, a resident … Continue reading

Community Consultation in Somerset

How would your community go about developing a new place for children and young people to play? Here’s how a small community in Somerset went about it… Packsaddle is a small area in Frome, a bit cut off from the rest of the town, and that’s how the residents like it – far enough away … Continue reading

Volunteers come out to play with WPA – one Mums story……

Did you get involved in helping out a street party or an event over the Jubilee weekend or during this half term? Would you have liked to? This week thousands of people – mums and dads, students and retired people, neighbours – have helped tens of thousands of children have a great time over the … Continue reading

What stories would you tell in willow tree tepee? We need your suggestions please!

London Play’s Taking Nature to the Street project has been working with volunteers at Fairchildes Children’s Centre in Croydon to encourage children to play outdoors. The area has been drastically affected by play funding cuts, so this opportunity has given them a much needed chance to develop a permanent play structure. Stacey Morris, the head … Continue reading

How can outdoor play work with the arts??

Do you think children and young people (& their families) in after-school clubs, holiday playschemes, adventure playgrounds, forest schools or toy libraries could be driving forces behind community arts projects? Would you like to see kids in Bradford and Luton writing plays, performing dance or staging their own exhibitions or festivals? And then graduating to … Continue reading

Do you support the Charter for Children’s Play?

Way back in 1992 the Charter for Children’s Play was developed, and today it is still as powerful as ever. This underpins the work of Play England, the Free Time Consortium and of this campaign to Love Outdoor Play. So whether this is the first time you’ve seen it or if it’s been your guiding … Continue reading