Wales’ adventure playgrounds take playwork to their communities in lockdown

Playworker Sîon Edwards describes how the adventure playgrounds in Wales are responding to the Covid-19 crisis with their customary playfulness and innovation. All four playgrounds in Wales are in the northeast, with three in Wrexham and one in Rhyl. Fortunately, this close proximity means I’m able to give a bit of an update on the … Continue reading Wales’ adventure playgrounds take playwork to their communities in lockdown

Birmingham adventure playgrounds featured in oral history project

Meriden Adventure Playground is one of those featured in the Let Us Play archive exhibition General Public's Oral Histories has launched part one of it's Let Us Play project, an investigation of the ‘state of play’ today. Initially this involves the collation of an archive of material to capture the Birmingham adventure playground movement of … Continue reading Birmingham adventure playgrounds featured in oral history project

Rising to the Covid challenge

Julia Sexton, a trustee of Pitsmoor Adventure Playground, describes how the physical space of the playground is giving way, during lockdown, to the relational space of the project's integral links with its community Adventure playgrounds are more than just physical spaces. They are relational spaces (Lester, Fitzpatrick and Russell, 2014); each unique and individual, created … Continue reading Rising to the Covid challenge

Serving our community in lockdown

Before the lockdown... Ali Wood, a trustee of Meriden Adventure Playground in the West Midlands, describes how the lockdown has affected the service, and how the playground has become part of the wider community response. Meriden Adventure Playground is currently closed, as are other adventure playgrounds. We have furloughed most of our staff and been … Continue reading Serving our community in lockdown

How youth workers can go the extra mile for play

When Ali Wood enrolled for an event, ‘In Defence of Youth Work’, in Birmingham, she saw that the agenda featured discussions on youth work in different settings and situations. Never being shy about speaking out for play, Ali asked if youth work in adventure playgrounds could be added to the programme. This is a synopsis … Continue reading How youth workers can go the extra mile for play

Adventure playgrounds are too important to consign to history

A variety of recent projects in the arts, heritage and academic sectors have taken adventure playgrounds as their theme, bringing welcome attention to this important part of the UK play scene. However, cautions Adrian Voce, it would be a mistake, and a missed opportunity, if the surge of interest were to be predominantly nostalgic or … Continue reading Adventure playgrounds are too important to consign to history

Sharing memories of ‘endangered’ adventure playgrounds

The University of Gloucestershire has launched the report, and a short film, of its Sharing Memories of Adventure Playgrounds (SMAP) research project. The project worked with adventure playgrounds in the cities of Bristol and Gloucester to gather memories of those involved – as children, staff, families and communities – over their history, in order to explore their … Continue reading Sharing memories of ‘endangered’ adventure playgrounds