Play Days at home 2020

PR2284/ES/JB - 08/07/2020

The hugely popular Mid Sussex Play Days have moved to a new stage for summer 2020 – with performers beaming into homes across the district to provide fun and entertainment.

Last year thousands of people enjoyed the free Play Day activities in towns and villages throughout the District. However, due to the current Covid guidelines it is not possible to gather for such large-scale events, so another solution had to be found.

Working alongside performers and event organisers Mid Sussex District Council has organised puppetry, sport and circus entertainment for the under 10s on each day of the summer holidays from 20th July. Weekly sessions for over 10s will incude DJ workshops, graffiti art and dance sessions.

“Play is vital to the physical and mental health of children and families and indeed everyone. This is increasingly the case and recent months have reminded us of the importance of our parks and open spaces, and time spent together with friends and family. When it became clear that we couldn’t proceed with our traditional Play Days programme, we knew we had to rethink our approach,” said Councillor Webster, Cabinet Member for Community.

“At the best of times it is a challenge to keep children entertained over the summer holidays but this year there are restrictions which are likely to make this even more tricky. Many of the performers previously involved in Play Days were really keen to help out and we have created a varied programme which we hope will go some way to helping with a mix of entertainment, ideas for activities, and fun that may start online but will, we hope, provide inspiration for many more inside and outdoor activities.”

Parents and carers are urged to visit www.midsussex.gov.uk/playdays to sign up for emails about the programme coming up. The link from there will contain new content every weekday at 11am.

For more information contact Sally Blackmore, Mid Sussex District Community Engagement and Events Officer or email communityservices@midsussex.gov.uk.