The Play Diary (Events/Training)


Should you have a relevant event or training would like to see
included in the Play Diary, please email us  Subject: The Play Diary


2018 celebrates the Year of Young People. Full details can be found here



International Play Association AGM
20 June, Edinburgh

The IPA will be pleased to welcome anyone with an interest in the world of play to the event.  Please find signing up details here


Play on the Longest Day
21 June

Celebrate the Child’s Right to Play on the Longest Day.  Full details on Playday can be found here


Challenging Behaviour
21 June, The Yard, Edinburgh

Full details can be found here




Have a Field Day
7 July

Have a Field Day is a national celebration of our parks and green spaces, taking place on the first Saturday of July each year. For 2018, Have a Field Day will be Saturday 7th July when thousands of people across the UK will come together on their local parks and green spaces to celebrate why they are so special to their local communities.

Have a Field Day is all about having fun at your local park with friends, family and the community. Other than that, what your event looks like is completely up to you! Perhaps you’ll have a sports day, a village fete, or maybe you’ll join others across the country enjoying a Have a Field Day picnic!  Full details can be found here



1st August

To celebrate 31 years of Playday this year’s theme is … CHILDREN’S RIGHT TO PLAY

Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that every child has the right to play.  Full details can be found here


September 2018

Play Scotland 20th Anniversary Seminar featuring Richard Louv

Friday 21 September
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. 

Speakers include:

  • The renowned best Selling Author, Richard Louv
  • Samuel Williams, Landscape Architect, ARUP
  • Sue Palmer, Upstart Scotland
  • Marguerite Hunter Blair, CEO, Play Scotland
    more to be confirmed.


Registration 8.45 – 9.15am.

Event 9.30am to 1pm.  Followed by Nancy Ovens Awards.

Both sessions will mirror each other at a cost of £40 per person, per session which includes refreshments at registration.

Booking form 21st September, Royal Botanic Gardens


Nancy Ovens Awards
Friday 21 September
Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

We are delighted to be hosting the Nancy Ovens Awards for Play 2018.  The Awards will be held between 1pm and 1.30pm.  These are free* to attend. 

*Please note that no access to Play Scotland’s Anniversary Seminar will be permitted unless a paid space has been booked.  Booking form is attached for ease for the Awards and the Seminar.

Booking form 21st September, Royal Botanic Gardens



Play Scotland AGM
22 November

Full details to follow.

Play Scotland Seminar – Can I Play Too
22 November

Full details to follow.



Universal Children’s Day – UNICEF
20 November

Full details can be found here



Play on the Shortest Day
21 December

Full details on Play on the Shortest Day can be found here.