Play Scotland promotes the annual Playday celebration which traditionally takes place on the first Wednesday in August every year. Thousands of children and families take part in events across the UK

Playday is the annual celebration of children’s right to play – a national campaign where children and young people get out and play at locally organised 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. Campaigning for play where you live can make a huge difference not only to local children and families, but to whole communities.

The 4 Nations sit on the Steering Group: Play Scotland, Play England, Play Wales and PlayBoard N.I.  This is co-ordinated by Play England.

Anyone can host a Playday event. These events can be public or private, big or small. To find out how to host an event visit using the FREE downloadable Get Organised Guide.

Play on the Longest Day, Scotland

In 2011, Play Scotland launched Play on the Longest Day. This year this will be held on 20th June.  This enabled more schools, nurseries and childcare settings in Scotland to get in involved in Playday activities.

Who can organise a Playday event?

Anyone can organise a Playday event.  Big or small, there are lots of different ways to celebrate Playday. Whether it’s a large community-wide event or a get-together with friends and family – find the way that suits you!

Playday events are often organised by play associations, local authorities, holiday playschemes, extended schools, children’s centres, nurseries, preschool playgroups, residents’ associations, community development workers, childminders, or simply someone who lives in locally and wants to give children and young people a special opportunity to play for the day.

“Only 40% of today’s children would swap time in front of the TV or computer for outdoor play”

(Playday research)

Playday 2016

We’re pleased to announce the Playday 2016 campaign theme will be Play matters

The Playday Play matters campaign is calling on everyone to help make sure that children and young people across the UK have the time, freedom and space to play more. As well as promoting children’s right to play, the campaign is highlighting that Play matters for:

  • children’s mental health and well-being
  • creativity and learning
  • all ages and abilities
  • communities

Full on information can be found at

Please remember to register your event!

Thank you for your continued support.

Playday 2015

The Playday 2015 campaign theme was Play more…

The Playday Play more… campaign called on everyone to help make sure that children and young people across the UK have the time, freedom and space to play more. As well promoting children’s right to play, the campaign highlighted that playing more is crucial for children’s health, well-being and happiness.

2015 are also celebrated 28 years of Playday!

Playday 2014

Playday 2014 was held on Wednesday 6 August.  The campaign theme was Play is…

The Playday 2014 campaign was to help spread the word about why play is crucial for children and young people’s health, wellbeing and happiness. The campaign recognised that:

• Play supports children’s physical and emotional wellbeing.

• Play promotes children’s development, creativity and independence.

• Play allows children to find out about themselves and the world around them.

• Playing is fun and children and young people should enjoy themselves.


Playday 2013

Playday 2013 was held on  Wednesday 7 August and the theme was Playful places.

The Playful places campaign called on everyone to help make sure that the places where children play and hang out are great places to play.

The campaign recognised that:

  • Children should feel welcomed where they live and feel part of their communities.
  • Parents want their children to be able to play outside.
  • Public space should be designed and managed with children’s play in mind.
  • Children and young people need to be involved in planning the places and spaces where they play.


Past Playdays