Rain didn’t stop play for excited children

Michaela Smith, four, Brandon Smith, seven, and Jasmine Leigh, six, enjoy Playday

Michaela Smith, four, Brandon Smith, seven, and Jasmine Leigh, six, enjoy Playday


More than 1,000 children enjoyed hours of fun at Chorley’s annual Playday - despite outbreaks of rain.

Coronation Recreation Ground, on Devonshire Road, was a hive of activity on Wednesday for the popular event.

Children could try balloon modelling and arts and crafts, get creative at a painting wall, laugh at Punch and Judy and enjoy a teddy bear’s picnic.

For more active youngsters, there was football, bowling, rock climbing, circus skills and a play area.

The free four-hour family event was organised by Chorley Council.

It was part of a national initiative aimed at raising the importance and profile of children’s play and encouraging children and their families to enjoy a day out.

Coun Peter Wilson, who oversees events for the council, said: “Playday is one our main events of free fun for all the family and as such is always popular, so the odd shower of rain certainly wasn’t going to deter anyone from coming along, and I was delighted to see so many people there.

“The youngsters could try their hand at a whole host of sports and crafts, learn circus skills and take part in a wide range of activities.

“It really is a fabulous event that everyone enjoys. The children, parents and grandparents were all having a great time – it’s a real family occasion.”

There will be more fun on Wednesday, August 27, when Playtime In The Park is held at Astley Park.

From 11am to 3pm, there will be free attractions for families with children under the age of 11, including amusement rides, Punch and Judy, arts and crafts, donkey rides, giant games and a chance to look round Astley Hall.

See Tuesday’s Chorley Guardian for more photographs from Playday.




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