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UK Outdoor Play


Family adventure forest in Norfolk with tree houses, zip wires, jungle bridges and hiding places. Facilities, news, and group visits.

British Adventure Play

Offers a history of adventure play and aims to provide support to those involved in promoting it.

Children's Play Advisory Service

Offers consultancy, advice, and inspection services for local authorities developing play policies and play strategies; includes a profile and contacts.

County Playing Fields Association

Dedicated to protecting peoples right to access local outdoor community facilities for sport, play and recreation. Fact sheet downloads, local organisations, events and training.

Essex Playing Fields Association

Charity devoted to the creation, preservation, improvement and development of playing fields, play grounds and play areas in Essex. Best kept playing field competition, forum, and recent achievements.

Fair Play for Children

Membership campaigning organisation focusing on the child's right to play. Includes documentation library and news.

Fields in Trust

Founded in 1925 as the National Playing Fields Association to protect and improve playing fields as free outdoor space for sport, play and recreation. Includes resources, forum, details of their schemes, and contacts.

Free Play Network

Campaigns for better opportunities for free play for children - at school, in public spaces and in their communities.

International Play Association for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (IPA - EWNI)

Information about the national branch of the IPA, and its activities to protect and promote the child’s right to play.

IPA Scotland

The Scottish branch of the International Play Association which promotes the child's right to play worldwide; provides details of membership, publications and conferences, news, and contacts.

Learning Through Landscapes

Promotes school grounds and outdoor environments as ideal learning centres for early years establishments and primary schools. Includes resources and directory, as well as details of member services.

London Play

Campaigns to make the streets of London safer for children to play out in. Includes playground and play area search facility, information on campaigns and extensive advice on improving play.

Nancy Ovens Trust

Created in memory of Nancy Ovens MBE, who campaigned to improve play and youth work opportunities for children and young people. Provides a guide to their annual awards and bursary scheme, with contacts and case studies.

Picniq Days Out

Guide dedicated to family days out in the UK. Features local search facility, filters and user reviews.

Play Day

Organises and promotes National Play Day each August. Includes events list and resources for those running and event.

Play England

Works to promote and support public play spaces and facilities for children and young people; describes their services and campaigns, with resources, events, and news.

Play Scotland

Works to promote play for all children and young people, and campaigns to increased play opportunities in the community. Includes resources, news and events, and a guide to careers and training in the sector.

Play Wales

The national charity for children's play; provides resources, career advice, information about their policy and strategy work, news, events, and contacts.


Develops and promotes of children and young people's play in Northern Ireland, by providing advice, support, training and tailored provision; with news, events, and details of membership and benefits.


An independent play and informal leisure consultancy working in the areas of design, planning, policy, local engagement, and organisational development; with details of services and contacts.

Playwork Partnerships

Offers a range of support services to those who work directly within the sphere of children's play, including training, qualifications, and research; based at the University of Gloucestershire.

The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge

A national programme to protect outdoor spaces in cities and the countryside for recreational and sports use, to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, and the London Olympics; describes how the scheme works and how to get involved, with news and contacts.

Right To Play

A legacy of the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, now an international advocate for every child’s right to play; provides a guide to their international programmes, and their campaigning and fund-raising work in the UK, with volunteer openings, events diary, and contacts. RightToPlay_UK

Smart Play Network

Scottish charity focusing on the importance of play in the development of children. SmartPlayNtwrk

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