14th South West Play Celebration

Saturday 16th June 2012

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.

Keynote Speaker  

Wendy Russell - Senior Lecturer in Play and Playwork, University of Gloucestershire Nature Deficit Disorder or Free Range Childhood: what's in a slogan?


Finale storytime with Chris Holland of Wholeland Nature Connection, also know as the Didgeridoo Man.
Someone from the audience will pick the story to be told from Chris's magic story-bag...what will the story of the moment be?


  • Pop Up Adventures
  • Wood whittling, rainstick making, beads and necklaces and candles
  • Wild camping
  • Nature play and schools
  • Tracks on tracks
  • Are you a V.I.P?
  • Hot topics
  • Low cost, no cost play
  • Temporary self build structures
  • Permission to play with a little string theory!
  • Street games


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.

Booking Information

This year we are looking to a paperless conference and have developed in partnership with Firehoop an online booking form which is now live and ready to you’re your bookings. 

Please complete the online form and then go to the University of Gloucestershire Online Store to make your payment by Credit or Debit card.

If you haven't got access to a credit or debit card you can still book online and you can send us a cheque (see details below) or we can invoice you (see details below)

Booking Deadline: Monday 4th June 2012.

Book early to avoid disappointment, as places are limited.

Please make cheques payable to 'University of Gloucestershire' and ensure you write the delegates name(s) on the back. If you would like to be invoiced please provide full details including a purchase order number.

For a full conference brochure click here to download a pdf file.

If you have any questions about the event please contact Playwork Partnerships on 01242 714601 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " target="_blank"> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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