Family fun at Grassmarket playday

Excited children will flock to Edinburgh’s historic Grassmarket tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday 27 July) as it is transformed into a giant play space.

Grassmarket playday
Grassmarket playday

The enclosed street in the Old Town will be full of fun from 12.30pm for Edinburgh’s Playday, organised by the City of Edinburgh Council in partnership with Edinburgh Play Forum, which promotes play in the city.

There will be lots of family-friendly activities on offer including water play pipes, a giant sand pit, magic potions, junk drumming and a mud kitchen.

The event hopes to build on the successes of previous years where hundreds of children and their families have came along to join in with activities.

Playday takes place a week before the national event – all part of a campaign to highlight the importance of play in children's lives. It’s all about learning for life and showing that play is fun not just for the child but for adults as well.

Tomorrow’s fun coincides with a four month Council pilot project 'Playing Out’ where communities in the city can organise street closures to hold children’s play events in the road. It doesn’t cost the community anything and runs until the end of October.

Councillor Keith Robson, Play Champion for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “Play is a massively important part of a child’s development and makes a tremendous contribution to happy and healthy childhoods. Playday in the Grassmarket is really popular and provides a fantastic opportunity to celebrate play and promote its many benefits.

"One of our objectives is to ensure that communities recognise the importance of play for children especially outdoor play. Not only are there significant health benefits from being out in the open air, but also exposure to a range of different activities can help a child’s development.

"Tomorrow’s event complements our ‘Playing Out’ project, which can provide children with new avenues for socialising and friendships as well as the opportunity for neighbours getting to know one another. Where one-off Playing Out sessions have previously been organised by parents across the city then these and many more benefits came to the fore."

Edinburgh's Playday event takes place from 12.30pm - 4.30pm. Access is free but children should be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact


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