Great turnout shows Play Day events are on a roll

PR2120/RC/MF - 15/08/2017


More than 2000 local children and their families enjoyed free games, sports, art and competitions in Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath as part of Play Day 2017.

Mid Sussex District Council organised the Play Days, which this year were based around the theme of Wheels in Motion, to give local youngsters fun activities to enjoy during the summer holidays.

“Our free Play Day events just keep getting better and it’s great to see more and more people supporting them each year,” said Councillor Bruce Forbes, Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council.

“We had another fabulous turnout this year and I’d like to thank all the mums, dads and children who came along to support each event. The weather wasn’t great for two out of the three days but the fact that so many of you braved the wind and rain showed just what tremendous community spirit we have in Mid Sussex.

“It’s a wonderful thing when the whole community comes together to enjoy a local event; there really is nothing like it. We work really hard to make our Play Days a success and when you see the joy on the faces of children jumping on the bouncy castle, or the excitement as they get their faces painted, we know it’s all been worthwhile.” At Play Days 2017 youngsters learnt 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 was 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 made their own spinning and swirling toys that were decorated with elaborate patterns using a Spirograph. Youngsters also learnt 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.

There were lots of sports activities too, with a soccer skills area and a mini sports day that saw children competing in a variety of track and field games like foam javelin throwing, standing long jump, mini hurdles and the 25m sprint.

Immersive theatre company Goat & Monkey encouraged the youngsters to get involved with drama by using interactive games and children learned more about sustainable energy by taking part in a solar car grand prix.

The Play Day events were held on 1, 2 and 9 August as 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, Burgess Hill District Lions, Haywards Heath Lions, Places for People Leisure and the East Grinstead Youth Council.

For more information about events for young people in Mid Sussex contact MSDC Community Development Officer Regina Choudhury on 01444 477495 or email