National Playday

Celebrate National Playday at Roadford Lake

Have you ever asked your children what is important in their lives?

Research by Play England has found that when children are asked this question, playing and friends are usually at the top of the list and we can understand why – it’s fun and is a fantastic pastime. However there’s so much more to it.

Play England, who provide support and resources to ensure that children’s freedom and space to play throughout childhood is protected and enhanced, say that play is an essential part of every child’s life. It is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as for social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.’


Did you know that there is a National Playday?

Usually held on the first Wednesday of August, this year’s Playday falls on the 7th August. Grown by a group of determined playworkers, Playday started as a few events in 1987 in London. The initiative went national in 1991 and is now the biggest celebration of children’s play in the UK.

So what happens on Playday?

In essence, it is an amazing number of events across the UK which enable children, young people, their families and communities to get out and play, celebrate play, and campaign for play.

At South West Lakes Trust, we really believe that engaging with the natural environment enables people to grow and we are passionate about enabling children and their families to play and explore at our lakes.

This year, we would like to invite children and their families to celebrate this day here at Roadford Lake. Our countryside warden, Holly Collingham, will be running exploration walks at 10.30am and 2.00pm, starting from the café and heading out towards the sundial. En route, we will be looking at all our lovely bugs, butterflies and other wildlife. Each session will last for about an hour. We’d also love for everyone to come along with a picnic and a teddy bear to enjoy refreshments overlooking the lake. The cafe will also be open, where you will find ice cream, drinks and other lovely treats.

Children will also be able to enjoy our small existing play area and you’ll be able to find out about our exciting plans to develop our play area in the near future. Click here to book onto a walk.

All welcome on the walk, or just come along for a picnic and a play overlooking Roadford Lake.

Roadford Lake Play Area Project

We are excited to announce our plans to develop the play area here at Roadford Lake. We believe engaging with the natural environment enables people to grow and we want to help children connect with the outdoors and give them opportunities to play hide and seek in a woodland, go pond dipping or discover our wildlife.

Over 1 million children in the UK did not visit or rarely visited natural places in recent years. We have the opportunity to help more young people play outdoors, away from the distractions of modern technology.

Our Play and Explore campaign for Roadford Lake will provide a place for children and their families to play together and create special memories. We have now drawn up plans for an imaginative new play area which incorporates new play features in place of our existing provision and have expanded the area to make the most of access into nearby woodland and grassy areas. Our next step is to start the fundraising process and further the plans. SW Lakes has been successful in securing grants for play areas at Tamar Lakes and Siblyback Lake and will be looking into grant opportunities for Roadford. However, the plan for Roadford means that we also need to fundraise and collect letters of support to make this special project happen.

We need to raise at least £150,000 to make this happen. Can you help us to realise this ambition?

To find out more (including the draft plans), get involved or to donate, please visit South West Lakes Trust’s new website.