14th South West Play Celebration 

Saturday 16th June at Taunton Academy

The 14th South West Play Celebration explores the idea of 'free range childhoods' and the ensuing role of adults in supporting children's play in a wide variety of settings. Whether you work in an urban or rural community, and in a strategic or hands-on role, the wide range of workshops will inspire and equip you to make sure children where you live can play every day.

The venue

Taunton Academy South Site has been provided by SCIL. The venue is an old school building with the conference rooms spread over several buildings and floors. Please be aware access is limited.

Venue address

Taunton Academy (South Site)
Lyngford Road, Somerset, TA2 7EF


Delegate fees are £20 per person, including the provision of childcare in the children's play space if required. For those outside the South West region the fee is £30.

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Conference Brochure

Download our conference brochure to find out more about the day including the keynote and the workshops.


09.30 - Arrivals, Registration and Coffee
10.15 - Welcome and Keynote
10.45 - AM Workshops

12.15 - Lunch

13.00 - Carousel / Networking
13.45 - Workshops
15.15 - Finale 

Workshop Titles

  • 'Pop up adventures' with Play Torbay
  • 'Wood whittling, rainstick making, Beads and necklaces and candles' with Somerford Grove
  • 'Nature play and Schools' with Shiremoor Adventure Playground, North Tyneside
  • 'Wild camping' with Shiremoor Adventure playground, North Tyneside
  • 'Tracks on Tracks' with Chris Holland
  • 'Are you a V.I.P.?' with Playwork Partnerships
  • 'Hot Topics' with Playwork Partnerships
  • 'Low Cost No Cost Play' with Plymouth Scrapstore
  • 'Temporary self build structures' with Simon Rix
  • 'Permission to play with a little string theory' with Philip Waters
  • 'Street Games' with Meynell Games

Who is it For?

  • Playworkers
  • Play rangers
  • Play development officers
  • Play associations and play partnerships
  • Local authorities
  • Playwork trainers
  • Park rangers and wardens
  • Coast and countryside rangers
  • Youth and community officers
  • Outdoor education projects
  • Sport and outdoor leisure services
  • Forest schools leaders
  • School meal time supervisors
  • Teaching assistants