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, which will be held on 21 June each year.  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 2014

Playday will be held on Wednesday 6 August.


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