Play all day at Queen’s Gardens

Published: Tuesday 1st August 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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The popular festival of play returns to Queen’s Gardens this week. We spoke to Event Officer, Cheryl Ribbit, to find out what’s in store.

Playday is a national event that takes place across various venues in the UK each year. It’s all about getting children and families together to celebrate their right to play.

This year Playday turns thirty and so many small communities are getting involved, including Hull UK City of Culture 2017. A huge array of activities and games will be hosted at Queen’s Gardens on Wednesday 2 August from 11am-3pm. Everything is completely free to join.

“We try to attract as many different things as possible for children to take part in,” explains Cheryl. “We have a cycling company bringing all sorts of bikes for children of all ages and abilities to use. There will be donkey rides, tennis, traditional games and workshops.”

As well as all this, there will be information and talks about healthy lifestyles and living that parents and adults can attend: “These are a fantastic way of getting important facts out to grownups.”

Local agencies and companies such as Hull Fostering will also be attending the child-focused event. Because Hull is in the midst of 2017, there will be a whole host of cultural activities on offer from venues and businesses too:

“Hull Truck Theatre and Hull Libraries will be organising an assortment of fun things for kids to get involved with.”

Entertainment and performances are planned for the bandstand, meaning that there will never be a dull moment. You can really make a day of it, which is ideal for those stuck for things to do during the summer break.

“We’ve been so lucky to have Lego sponsoring us this year,” Cheryl enthuses. “We’re giving out free Lego kits for little ones to take home with them.”

This is Hull’s 14th annual Playday and it’s set to be a big one, with the gardens being transformed into one big playground. It has been linked to the City of Culture Freedom season, with the theme of Freedom to Play.

“The whole thing is about getting back to basics, letting children play outside and discover new ways to play and learn, as well as classic games,” Cheryl tells us.

“Everyone is welcome, all ages, all abilities and all members of the family. Bring your mums, dads, grandmas, granddads, aunties, uncles, cousins – everyone.”

“It’s about everybody having a chance to play. And hopefully, families will continue the idea back at home.”

If you can’t make it into the city, there are a few other independent Playday events happening across the Yorkshire and Humberside region. These can be found on the National Playday website. 

Playday takes place at Queen’s Gardens on Wednesday 2 August 11am-3pm. Entry is free. For more information, please visit the Hull 2017 website.

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Published: Tuesday 1st August 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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