Join us in Celebrating Playday 2021

Celebrate Playday this year and visit one of our playgrounds, come along to the free Playrangers sessions during term time or apply to close your road for Street Play.

Held on Wednesday 4 August this year, this national event is co-ordinated by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and Playboard Northern Ireland. It is a celebration of children’s right to play, including highlighting the importance of play in children’s lives.

Lead Councillor for Community, Cllr Julia McShane says:

“Play is essential for physical and emotional growth, for mental, intellectual and educational development, and for acquiring social and behavioural skills. It is vital for children’s wellbeing.

“The 2021 theme, Summer of Play, recognises the challenges children and young people have faced over the past year and the need to enjoy time for play with their friends, having fun. Families and carers are being encouraged to celebrate children’s right to play in their local communities.”

Lead Councillor for Environment, Parks and Leisure, Cllr James Steel says:

“Playing outside allows children to appreciate nature, the environment, and feel part of their community. We have a range of fantastic play equipment in our playgrounds across the borough. These include zip lines, sand pits and roundabouts.

“Why not visit our West Nye Gardens which was transformed into an exciting play space for younger children by award-winning Chartered Landscape Architects, Davies White.”

Find out more about our playgrounds in Guildford.

Our free, after-school Playrangers sessions return for children under 12 years old in September. These fun play sessions encourage children to play freely outdoors and are held in five locations across Guildford. They are a great way for children and young people to get outside, be active and make new friends.

For more information on Playrangers, please visit our website.

There are also opportunities to play even closer to home. With Street Play, you can apply to temporarily close your street so that children can play safely and freely near their own front door.

A residential road is closed to through traffic, with volunteer stewards at each road closure point to redirect through traffic and escort residents’ cars in and out safely.

We will not charge a fee for road closures for Street Play sessions. To apply, you need to complete our street play road closure form at least eight weeks in advance of your Street Play session. Main roads, or those on a bus route, cannot be closed.

Everyone is welcome to be part of local Street Play. It’s a great way for neighbours to get to know each other.