Focus on fun at Chichester play day

Twins Mia and Alannah Pohill enjoyed the painting activity at Westgate Fields. C111272-4
Twins Mia and Alannah Pohill enjoyed the painting activity at Westgate Fields. C111272-4

THERE was plenty of fun in the sun when hundreds of children descended on Westgate Fields for a day of play.

The free event was organised by Chichester District Council as part of National Play Day, run by Play England, which aims to focus on the importance of play in children’s lives and its benefits on health, well-being and development.

Now in its third year in the city, the day gave youngsters the chance to experience a wide range of activities. Proving popular were clay workshops, water play and a sandpit while Chichester College also opened its climbing wall.

There was the chance to learn how to build a den and get close to nature in the Muddy Bugs gardening club.

Other activities included fitness tests held by Westgate Leisure Centre, circus skills and sessions in football, African drumming, dance and Aikido while members of the library service read various stories.

Play development officer for CDC Lisa Rumbold said: “This year we had brilliant weather and I think we had around 800 children and families take part.

“It was very successful, and we had more activities on offer than last year.

“Parents came to me and said they had got lots of ideas of activities to do with the children which was good.”

Play Day was established 25 years ago by a group of playworkers concerned at cuts in facilities.

See www.playday.org.uk for more details.