Playday is an annual celebration of children and young people’s play which traditionally takes place on the first Wednesday in August.

Thousands of children and families attend various events across the UK.

What is Playday?

As well as a celebration of children and young people’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children and young people’s lives. Campaigning for play where you live can make a huge difference not only to local children, young people and families, but to whole communities.

The 4 Nations sit on the Steering Group: Play Scotland, Play England, Play Wales and PlayBoard N.I.

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 play schemes, 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.

Playday 2020

We are delighted to announce that the 2020 theme is … Everyday Freedoms, Everyday Adventures.

The Playday 2020 theme aims to highlight the importance of giving children and teenagers the freedom to play and have everyday adventures. As well as celebrating children’s right to play, the Playday 2020 campaign recognises the impact of government restrictions and physical distancing on children’s mental health and opportunities to play freely with friends and in their community.

Due to current government guidance about social gatherings and physical distancing, we are not asking you to organise public Playday events but we are looking forward to hearing about the creative ways in which you plan to celebrate Playday in your area. This year, we are encouraging families to celebrate children’s right to play at home. In response to the unusual circumstances, the Playday events section of this website will not be available this year.

For the latest updates on this year’s campaign follow us on Facebook and Twitter – and share your plans with us using #Playday2020.

To help you plan your Playday in Scotland download our Guides below

Facts: (Playday 2010 research)

  • 1 in 4 children (28%) say that when they are playing adults tend to think they’re up to no good.
  • 90% of adults played out regularly in their street as children.  29% of today’s children say they don’t play or hang out in their street at all.
  • 70% of adults believe community spirit has weakened since they were a child.
  • 54% of parents only feel confident for their children to play outside if other children and playing out too.