Shire kids start John Muir Award up Scafell

As dawn broke over North Tyneside on Sunday 2 June, 16 sleepy young people, volunteers and staff set out from Shiremoor Adventure Playground on an adventure to climb the highest peak in England and start their John Muir Discovery Award. They had been building up to this day over the previous few months after completing climbs … Continue reading

Project Wildthing documentary fundraising success!

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Great news, 652 people and lovely organisations have shown their commitment to supporting the film-led campaign to get kids outdoors – all together we’ve more than achieved the £30,000 target! Investments ranged from £1 to £5000, with wonderful incentives in each category. We at Play England will now be putting our thinking caps on as … Continue reading

I used to ride down that?! How freedom to play made me the person I am today

Guest post – Jim Rogers, father of Ashley Rogers, Development Officer at Play England Now in my middle years – my childhood seems a little sketchy to say the least. My over-riding memory of that time was that it was happy, full of fun and although I’m sure I was, that I was seldom bored. I was … Continue reading

Do your children spend enough time playing outdoors? Click here to tell the Guardian!

So do you think your kids get outside to play enough? Do  children at your local school or in your community? Is it the same or different to when your were young? And if so why? This half term the Guardian is asking “Do your Children enough time playing outdoors?“, and will print the thoughts … Continue reading

Today is International Mud Day 2012!

Today is International Mud Day, a chance for kids all over the world to get out and get  muddy! What will you do to mark this mud day? Why not get together with the kids in your life and play at being a chef with some mud pies or twig soup, or even build your … Continue reading

Love Outdoor Play this half-term holiday!

So what are your plans for the long jubilee weekend and school half term break? Are you going to get out and play? How about the children and young people in your house/street/community? Will they get to play out like you did when you were little? Let me take you back to the last jubilee…. … 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

March2Work – One man’s journey campaigning for safer routes to play spaces

You may have been following the truly inspired campaign by Chris Gregory over at Play Isle of Man, which has included hopping, skipping, hobby horse, pogo sticks, stilts… Muscle injuries, lack of pavements, busy road and strange looks, nothing stopped this dedicated play activist shouting about why it’s so important to LOVE OUTDOOR PLAY!! Enjoy … Continue reading

What can you do to love outdoor play this Easter?

Well I’ve just done an interview with the lovely folks over at BBC Radio Wiltshire (at about 18:20, but I’m about to put all the links below so not suggesting you try & find it!), following today’s publication of the National Trust’s Natural Childhood report and the launch of their debate over at Outdoor Nation. … Continue reading

Play Torbay Loving Outdoor Play…

So glad to have this wonderful guest post from Tanny Stobart from Play Torbay on the day that the National Trust also is calling on everyone to get involved in getting more children to play outside more often – what better way than helping your local play association this Easter? Play Torbay is doing ‘Love Outdoor … Continue reading