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Popular Playdays see thousands of children attend free fun sessions

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Parents and children enjoyed free family fun at Playdays events across South Somerset.

Several thousands of people have attended the Playday events so far, with the National Playday being the most popular. Other sessions, such as Somerton, have seen in excess of 800 people come and join in the fun.

Playdays are organised and funded by the Community Health & Leisure Team at South Somerset District Council (SSDC) and offer a huge variety of activities and experiences for children and young people across South Somerset. 

Steve Barnes, Young Peoples Officer at SSDC, said: "We have seen several thousands of people attend Playdays so far this year and we think we have had the most successful year to date. The wide variety of things for children to do has contributed to the success and we thank all those who have come along and helped provide the activities for children to do."

(Click image to see a video of a Playday taking place)

One attendee, Dee Yumang, applauded the work of the Playday team saying: "I wanted to pass on how impressed I was with the workers. They all worked enthusiastically, playfully and respectfully. They were so much fun, really encouraging and recognised that my daughter was too young to enter the play area alone and know what to do. They collectively looked after her and helped her play. As far as I could see, they were fantastic with all the other children there too. Please do let them know their great work is recognised. Well done to them all."

Councillor Sylvia Seal, SSDC's Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture added, "With the resounding success of the National Playday, we could only imagine the amount of footfall at the smaller events, but it has exceeded our expectations. Engaging the community has always been a top priority, and offering engaging events such as these Playdays can only be good for the relationship between the council and the communities of South Somerset."

Playdays celebrate our right to play and gives a chance for children to learn and play through the summer holidays.

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