Families descend on park for national day of play
COURTENAY Park in Newton Abbot was turned into a giant play area in a day dedicated to fun.
Scores of children, childminders, parents and carers went to the town park to mark Playday, the national day for play in the UK.
Teignbridge Council teamed up with the Teignbridge Play Network and children's centres from across the district for the park event.
It included storytelling, painting, free rides in traditional swingboats and giant garden games.
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A group of mums who have completed accredited training to become breast-feeding peer supporters were there to discuss the subject.
Hundreds of community events took place to celebrate 25 years of the campaign, which raises awareness about children's right to play and the importance of play for children's health and happiness.
Over 50 events were laid on in the South West.
Jackie Colby and Sue Bolt, trustees of TEPEE, the Teignbridge play network, said: "There are so many places children can play in Teignbridge, so it's a great place to celebrate the National Playday.
"It's fun, free, and a great way to spend a few hours of your summer."
Tim Collins, Action for Children's service manager for the Teignbridge Children's Centres, said: "The children's centres and TEPEE working together really shines a light on play activities for children."
Playday is co-ordinated by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland.
Mick Conway, one of the co-founders of Playday and nature play manager at Play England, said: "One of Playday's main achievements alongside all the great fun enjoyed by children, has been to raise the profile of play as an essential part of a happy childhood.
"That's as important today as it was 25 years ago."