Project Wild Thing launches today!

Project Wildthing film title

A major new feature length documentary film Project Wild Thing has been launched today and will be showing at Picturehouse and independent cinemas across the country. This inspirational film, directed by and starring David Bond (Erasing David) and produced by Ashley Jones (Green Lions), takes a witty, touching and frank look at the complex issue of why … 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

Go out and play!

`Please can we play inside…please…’.This is what my best friend and I used to ask our parents when we were children, and the answer was nearly always, `No, go out and play’. Playing indoors seemed like an unattainable luxury. Only one summer, as a stroppy 12-year old did I rebel by staying in for a … Continue reading

Great projects to get kids outdoors

Great to see the Exploring Nature Play project highlighted on National Trust’s Outdoor Nation blog this week. As part of the project, activitiy ideas and case studies to help reconnect children with nature will be published on our website soon – keep a lookout at http://www.playengland.org.uk/natureplay.

Radio Playday

What a fantastic Playday! Around 500 events took place across the UK on 1 August to celebrate 25 years of Playday. We hope that you made time to play too. The theme for this year’s campaign was ‘Get out and play’. If you didn’t get the chance to catch any of the numerous radio interviews on 1 August … Continue reading

It’s Playday!! Get Out and Play!

This year for the 25th Playday Play England, Play Scotland, Playboard NI and Play Wales asked parents across the UK to identify what, if anything, stops their children playing outdoors? Almost half (49%) said fear of strangers, only slightly less (46%) said traffic, and almost one third said fear of accidents and injury. Mike Greenaway, … Continue reading

Get ready for Playday 2012!

As the country braces itself for London 2012, hundreds of communities are also getting ready for the biggest event in the play calendar! Playday 2012 will be celebrated across the UK on Wednesday 1 August and throughout the summer, with an expected 500 events taking place to celebrate children’s right to play. Join in the fun … Continue reading

The London Play Go Kart Grand Prix returns!

For years in London there was an annual Go Kart Race (or ‘Box Cart Derby’ for the veteran kart drivers amongst us). For one reason or another this fantastic tradition stopped happening. This year London Play decided enough was enough, and that the time had come to breathe life back into this great event. So last … 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

Love Outdoor Play – Handing over..

We in The Geography Collective launched Love Outdoor Play just over a year ago. In that time the campaign has gone from strength to strength.  A wide range of individuals, experts, charities and companies have come together under a single manifesto and call for more outdoor play. Among many highlights (including Orange creating an app for … Continue reading