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National Playday celebrates 'Freedom' to play - 20/07/17
Hull’s popular Playday Festival returns to Queens Gardens on Wednesday 2 August.

The 14th festival in Hull gets underway from 11am until 3pm and Queens Gardens will become a huge outdoor playground where children, young people and families can have a fun filled day, taking part in the annual celebration of the importance of play.

This year’s theme is Freedom to Play, linking in with Hull UK City of Culture’s third season of Freedom, celebrating the opportunities for children and young people to play and learn.

A vast range of fun activities are on offer ranging from a mini farm to donkey rides as well as a full programme of entertainment on the bandstand. Sainsbury’s Hessle will also be supplying free drinks at the event and there will also be free LEGO kits available.

Councillor Phil Webster, Portfolio Holder for Learning, Skills and Safeguarding Children, said: “National Playday is a fantastic event and all about the importance of play in children’s lives. Play is an essential part of every child’s life and development. It is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as for social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

“Playday provides an ideal opportunity for families across the city to come together to celebrate, to play together and to have fun. It also provides a platform for play advocates to promote the benefits and positive impact that playing has on children’s mental and physical health, well-being and learning.

“What’s more there will be a whole raft of free activities for families to take advantage of and enjoy.”
All activities are free to take part in and there will be endless opportunities to build, make, create, bounce, run, jump and play.

The event is organised and funded by Hull City Council and a smoke free area.

Families can turn-up no booking or tickets are required. For more information about play day visit

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