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



Evidence shows that risky play improves child well being and development; so when planning and providing play opportunities, the goal is not to eliminate risk, but to weigh up the risks and benefits. This event will provide you with the information and tools you will need to take a balanced approach to providing risky play opportunities in your children’s services.

Our CEO will be presenting at this event on  A story of risk aversion – and how and why it is turning around.

Full details can be found here


September 2018

Getting it Right for Disabled Children and their Families
11 September, Edinburgh

Earlier this year Theresa Casey, a writer and consultant on play and children’s rights, and Harry Harbottle, chair of Play Scotland, published Free to Play: a guide to creating accessible and inclusive public play spaces.  They will be delivering a workshop on this on 11 September.

Full details can be found here


Nurturing Nature Play in Scotland Seminar – 
Play Scotland’s 20th Anniversary Seminar featuring Richard Louv

Friday 21 September
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. 

Speakers include:

  • The renowned best Selling Author, Richard Louv
  • Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children and Young People
  • Samuel Williams, Landscape Architect, ARUP
  • Cath Denholm, Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Sue Palmer, Upstart Scotland
  • Marguerite Hunter Blair, CEO, Play Scotland

Registration 8.45 – 9.15am.

Event 9.15am to 1pm.  Followed by Nancy Ovens Awards.

Cost £40 per person 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 2pm.  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

SCMA Annual Conference
29 September, Glasgow

Full details can be found here



Outdoor Classroom Day
1 November, UK

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play.  For full details on how you can part click here


Play Scotland AGM
22 November

Full details to follow.

UK Outdoor Learning Sector Conference
7th to 9th November 2018
Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Staffordshire

Full details can be found here

Play Scotland Seminar – Can I Play Too

22 November

Full details to follow.



Children in Scotland Annual Conference
7 & 8 November, Edinburgh

Full details can be found here


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.