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Have a wheely good time at Mid Sussex Play Days

PR2116/RC/MF

12 July 2017

Mid Sussex District Council is offering local children and their families a free afternoon of fun and activities in Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and East Grinstead.

The Council has organised a variety of sports, games and creative activities for local families to enjoy on 1, 2 and 9 August as part of Play Day 2017.

The theme for this year’s Play Day fun is Wheels in Motion and children will have the chance to take part in cycle races or challenge fellow speed demons in a solar powered miniature car Grand Prix.

Youngsters can learn about local history by visiting a real Gypsy Vardo, the traditional horse-drawn wagon that was used by British Romani people as their home. There’s also the chance to take a trip on a miniature railway in Burgess Hill or trek with miniature ponies and carriages in Haywards Heath and East Grinstead.

Creative children will be able to make their own spinning and swirling toys that can be decorated with elaborate patterns using a Spirograph. Youngsters will also be able to learn new skills, with trained Circus performers on hand to show them how to juggle, hula-hoop, tightrope walk, master the art of poi and walk on stilts.

A specialist immersive theatre company, Goat and Monkey will invite children to join them for the adventure of their lives as an imaginary steam train ride turns into a gripping treasure hunt. Using wireless headphones, they will follow the main character's journey aboard their quirky local steam train, seeking out treasure around the site, before confronting the Knucker Dragon in the final dangerous task. Each child will have their own book to take away, so they can remember the day that they helped set the wheels in motion and worked together to challenge the dragon!

This year there will also be a Sports Fair with local sports clubs demonstrating their activities and encouraging children to have a go. Budding athletes will be able to take part in a mini sports day, competing in a variety of track and field games like foam javelin throwing, standing long jump, mini hurdles and the 25m sprint.

“This will be the fifth year we have celebrated National Play Day by hosting free events in all three of our towns and the activities just keep getting better and better,” said Councillor Gary Marsh, Cabinet Member for Service Delivery.

“Last year we had over 2,500 young people and families come along over the three days and we received some terrific feedback from parents and children who wanted to say how much they had enjoyed themselves.

“We have some tremendous fun planned for our 2017 Play Days at the start of August. There’s no need to pre-book, so please just come along on the day and join us for our free Wheels in Motion themed events, as well as the classics like our bouncy castle and face painting.”

The free Play Day events will be held at:

  • Victoria Park in Haywards Heath from 11am until 3pm on Tues 1 August
  • St John’s Park in Burgess Hill from 11am until 3pm on Weds 2 August
  • King George’s Field in East Grinstead from 11am until 3pm on Weds 9 August 

Kids will get stamps for taking part in each activity and by completing their card they will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win the first prize, a one month Family Leisure Centre Membership donated by Places for People Leisure.

Play Day is a celebration of children’s right to play and a campaign to highlight the importance of play in children’s lives. The 2017 events have been organised by Mid Sussex District Council with support from Clarion Housing, Burgess Hill Town Council, East Grinstead Town Council, Haywards Heath Town Council and the East Grinstead Youth Council.

For more information contact Regina Choudhury, Mid Sussex District Community Development Officer on 01444 477495 or email communityservices@midsussex.gov.uk

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