National Play Day comes to Milton Keynes

Mayor Catriona Morris at the National Play Day event
Mayor Catriona Morris at the National Play Day event

CAMPBELL Park became one big playground last week as thousands of children celebrated National Play Day.

The Central Milton Keynes based park hosted the MK Play Partnership event last Wednesday, with activities for children of all ages, including a giant water slide, zorbing, a play area for under fives, musical instruments, messy play, sports, dance and woodland and nature arts and crafts.

Among those attending the event was Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Catriona Morris.

She said: “This is a fabulous event which reminds us all how important it is to allow children the time to play outside.

“We are fortunate to have many open spaces in Milton Keynes for children to enjoy playing in. It’s a great way to have fun and enjoy the open air.

“I would like to thank The Parks Trust, Play Association, and Milton Keynes Council staff who have all worked extremely hard to make this day a success.”

The Milton Keynes event was one of hundreds taking part across the country, promoting the national Get out and play! campaign. Organisers are calling on everyone to help make sure that children and young people across the UK have the time, freedom and space to play outdoors.

As well as promoting children’s right to play, the campaign is highlighting that outdoor play is crucial for children’s health, well-being and happiness.

The event closed with the arrival of the ten metre high puppet Godiva, which visited Milton Keynes en route to the London Olympics.