Enjoy the National Day of Play with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust this August

Monday 10th July 2017

From building dens to hunting bugs – Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is encouraging youngsters to ‘get wild’ at its hugely popular Playday events this August.

Thousands of people attend the Trust’s Playday events each year – held to celebrate the National Day of Play at its Wolseley Centre HQ, near Rugeley, and Westport Lake Visitor Centre, Stoke-on-Trent.

This year’s Playday events take place on Wednesday 2nd August at Wolseley and Thursday 3rdAugust at Westport during 11am and 3pm on both days.

The National Day of Play is organised to highlight the importance and value of outdoor play within children’s lives.

The year’s Playday theme will be ‘Get Wild’ with the Trust encouraging families to have lots of fun and to take part in activities such as den building, bug hunting, slack lining, birthday party taster sessions, bare foot walks, fire lighting, Forest School Taster sessions and much more. Other organisations and charities such as Canal and River Trust and Ground Work will also be attending the event with stalls and activities during the events.

Alexis Johnson, Education Officer at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, said: “It is so important for youngsters to go outdoors and play and that’s the message we hope will come across loud and clear during our Playday events.

“As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives.

“Playday helps to highlight why play is vital for children’s enjoyment of childhood and vital for their health, well-being and development.

“What we want most of all during the events is for everyone to have a good time and lots of fun.

“Playday provides children the opportunity to do what they do best - have fun and be playful.”

People can beat the queues at The Wolseley Centre Playday event by purchasing an early bird ticket via www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/whats-on for £6, while a regular ticket is £7.50. The Westport Playday event will be free to attend thanks to funding from Children in Need.

For more details on either event head to www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/whats-on or for further information call 01889 880100.