8 March 2016
Outdoor Play Week is an initiative developed by Re:Play, the play association of the South East of England, to highlight the play opportunities on offer in local green spaces. It is celebrating its seventh year. It was started in the wake of research showing that children are spending less time playing outdoors than ever before. A survey for Natural England found that as little as 10 per cent of their time is spent outdoors.
Elmbridge will be taking part in Outdoor Play Week with free events on the commons to encourage children and young people to get out and play, whatever the weather. Reminding play workers and families alike that outdoor play is not just for the summer, and that if you are dressed appropriately you can play out all year around.
Sunday 19 March - Pond dip - Pond located across the road from Café Rouge, Portsmouth Road, Esher (nearest postcode KT10 9AD). Drop in from 10am, finish at 12pm. Hunt for creatures of the deep! All equipment provided.
Sunday 19 March - Den building - Meet at 1.30pm in Copsem Lane car park (nearest postcode KT10 9HQ). Can you build a den that can withstand the elements?
Wednesday 22 March - Be a Countryside Ranger - Copsem Lane car park, Copsem Lane, Esher (nearest postcode KT10 9HQ). Meet at 3:45pm, finish at 5pm. Create your own sculpture and have fun pulling pine trees, then enjoy a hot chocolate in the woods.
Friday 24 March - Orienteering - Meet in Horseshoe Clump car park, Portsmouth Road, opposite Blackhills (nearest postcode KT10 9QJ). Drop in from 3.15pm, last start 4.30pm. Suitable for ages 6+. Test your orienteering skills to find your way around the commons.
Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, “Why not invite your children to make the most of the many green spaces in the borough during Outdoor Play Week? They can burn off energy, take a close look at the environment and learn to interact with and understand the natural world. We hope that, in addition to rediscovering all the benefits and enjoyment of spending time outdoors, Outdoor Play Week will make a small contribution towards making children and their families more physically active.”
For further information, please visit our countryside page or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can call 01372 474 634 for more information.