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Play in the Park this summer

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Play in the Park's free two-hour activity sessions for children aged 3–11 are back this summer.

The school holidays are fast approaching, which means the return of Play in the Park!

70 fun, free activity sessions will be held at 19 community and parish venues across Chelmsford, from 24 July until 23 August.

Attendance to Play in the Park has increased consistently over recent years, with over 7,500 children joining Summer 2023 sessions – and the council's Community Sport and Wellbeing team hope to cater to even more families this year!

Bookings now open

Attending the sessions is completely free, but you do need to book before arrival, as each venue has a limited capacity. You can book online via the council’s website, from 10am on Monday 24 June.

A variety of fun activities will be available at each session and residents can attend as many sessions as they wish. Whether you choose to stay local or use Play in the Park as an opportunity to visit areas across the district, you’re bound to find activities your kids will love!

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Free activity sessions will be held at community and parish venues across Chelmsford, throughout the school holidays.

Celebrating a summer of sport with themed entertainment

With 14,000 free spaces available to book for Play in the Park this year, our trusted team of Playworkers are ready to keep your little ones entertained with a host of games, activities and even some four-legged friends!

Playworkers will supervise Olympic-themed team games and arts and crafts tables at each session, and the additional entertainment on offer is more varied than ever! The line-up includes Parkour, inflatables, face painting, animal workshops, storytelling sessions, crazy golf, skateboarding, and tennis – perfect for Wimbledon lovers.

Unlike Wimbledon, there won’t be Pimm’s available for the audience but there will be hot and cold drinks, snacks, and ice creams available to purchase at most sessions. You are welcome to bring your own snacks or picnics with you, too!

Coming to a community space near you

Play in the Park is coming to 19 different community and parish venues across Chelmsford, from South Hanningfield to Little Waltham. Each location will host a morning session, from 10am to 12pm, and an afternoon session, from 1pm to 3pm.

This year, Play in the Park will also be popping up at Love Your Chelmsford’s Love Parks event in Oaklands Park on Friday 26 July. There is no need to book for this event.

You can find a full list of locations and activities at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/play.

Essential information

Play in the Park is open to children aged 3-11, and activities are suitable for everyone, including those with accessibility needs.

All children must be supervised (within the park/venue grounds) by a responsible adult (parent or guardian) throughout the whole session.

Children should wear clothing suitable for playing games outdoors and we recommend bringing a snack and drink, though these will be available to purchase at most locations.

Tickets are free, but you must book a space before arrival. Head to www.chelmsford.gov.uk/play to book.

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Molly Smith
Molly Smith

Molly writes stories about public health, community safety, leisure, community sport, parking and Chelmsford Market.