Sun shines on MK Playday

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MK Playday attracted its biggest crowd yet on Friday as over 3,000 children and their families basked in the sunshine at the free event in Campbell Park.

The day’s theme was ‘natural play’ to encourage children to experience ‘back to basics’ playtime. Children enjoyed games and activities including woodland play, craft, wet play, pond dipping, bug hunting, parkour and den building.  

Chair of the Planning Group for MK Playday, Andy Grout, said: “It was a truly great day and we were thrilled to see so many children and families engaged in playing and having fun together. In these austere times The Parks Trust, Milton Keynes Council, Community Action: MK and MK Play Association showed what can be achieved through partnership working.”

Milton Keynes Council’s Play Development Officer, Carol Cropton, said: “It was one of our busiest events yet. It was really great to see a record number of families having a good time using the Milton Keynes’ parks and children having an opportunity to take part in a vast array of free activities.  I would particularly like to thank The Parks Trust for their involvement in the day and Milton Keynes Play Association for their contribution. “

The event run and organised by MK Play Association, The Parks Trust, Community Action: MK and Milton Keynes Council is part of a national campaign where children and young people get out and play at locally organised events to celebrate their right to play. 2011 was the fifth year that MK Playday has been hosted in Milton Keynes.