Thousands turn out for National Play Day in Yeovil
By wurzelstorm | Monday, August 06, 2012, 14:39
On Wednesday 1st August around 2,500 people dodged the showers to get involved with the National Playday in Yeovil .
Getting to grips with the zipwire at Yeovil's National Play Day.
Snakes and other animals were on display at the event.
The annual National Playday event is organised and funded by SSDC and offers a huge variety of activities for children and young people across South Somerset and beyond.
The grassy area outside Goldenstones Pools and Leisure Centre was transformed into a giant play zone with fun including circus skills, rock climbing, body zorbs and marshmallow toasting.
For the braver members of the crowd there was the opportunity to get involved with large snakes and bugs from the hugely popular Bugfest.
Organise Robert Parr, Senior Play and Youth Facilities Officer said: "The idea is to provide an excellent range of challenging and unusual free play activities for local children to enjoy. Events like this are important to our local aim of improving the quality and quantity of play opportunities.
"It was great to see good natured queues at all activities. The Great Big Tree Climbing Company added a 'wow factor' to proceedings by helping young people to climb one of the giant oak trees at Ninesprings and then descending at speed on a zip wire."
Cllr Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture added" This is part of South Somerset District Council's ongoing work to increase and improve play opportunities for children in the district.
"Our thanks must go to the many organisations including Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue and Avon & Somerset Police who helped to make the Playday so memorable."