National Play Day takes place on Wednesday (August 4), and there will be plenty going on in Bolton to celebrate.
This year, the national campaign focuses on putting children at the heart of the community, and is asking everyone to come together to help create better places to live and play.
The aim of the play day is to support children to develop their own independence and have the freedom to play outdoors where they live.
A range of free activities for all ages will be on offer in the town centre throughout the day, from 11am until 4pm. These include: a climbing wall; inflatable assault course; street games; arts and crafts; skate park activities; and much more.
The council’s mobile boxes will also be in use; one will provide sports and dance activities, while the other will be hosted by community radio station Bolton FM, with music and radio entertainment on all day.
Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Bolton Council, said: “Giving young people the opportunity to get outdoors and gain some independence is so important, and it is excellent that this is the key theme of the National Play Day this year.
“With a great range of activities taking place on Wednesday, there is sure to be something for everyone, and lots of chances for Bolton’s young people to try something new.”
Bolton Youth Council will also be attending the event, looking to raise awareness and give more information regarding the kinds of crime that most affect young people.