PLAY GLOUCESTERSHIRE is a registered charity that provides regular, free play sessions in urban parks and rural locations across the county. Our energetic Play Rangers deliver outdoor, active play, sports, arts and environmental activities to school-aged children throughout the year, whatever the weather.
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Easter 2015

It was ‘a game of two halves’, as they say in football! The first week of the Easter holidays was wild and windy, and the Play Rangers used the high winds to make lots of kites and wind tunnels. Windy days generate high energy levels in children and lots of active play. We love active play. Play Ranger Team Leader Ben loves it so much he covered 9.9 miles in 6 hours of community play!

Week two brought lovely spring sunshine, and the vibe at play became more relaxed with whole families bringing picnics and rugs into the parks to spend all day with us. Sunny weather is the cue for giant bubbles and water slides and that game that gets you very wet – drip, drip dunk!

No two days are ever the same for our roving Rangers, and lots goes on behind the centre stage of community play for all. We support a lot of vulnerable children, including those living in poverty, disabled children, young carers, and fostered children as well as those going through moments of family crisis. One family had their beloved pet put to sleep, and the Rangers were on hand to help. This Easter we supported siblings taken into foster care a few days previously. Working intensively with the police and social care, we ensured that the children were able to enjoy some therapeutic playwork through a period of great trauma for everyone.

We understand the importance of play in rurally isolated villages as well as play in disadvantaged urban communities. Our Rangers visited such far-flung places as Ruspidge in the Forest of Dean, Bussage in Stroud district and Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds.

Team PG delivered 23.5 play days over the Easter holidays, recording 1,119 play visits in 15 urban and rural communities. You can see our Easter highlights in tweets on https://storify.com/Play_Glos/easter-holidays

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Play timetable from Monday 20th April

All sessions are 4-6pm unless shown otherwise. If you are new to Play Rangers, please take a look at our Information for Parents/Carers.

MONDAY Seventh Avenue (behind the shops), Tuffley, Gloucester

Bredon Playing Field, Bredon, Worcestershire

TUESDAY Mason Road, Stroud

The Lannet, Linden, Gloucester

Longlands Park, Bishops Cleeve **5-7pm**

WEDNESDAY Coney Hill Play Space, Coney Hill, Gloucester

Springfields Park, Springbank, Cheltenham

Melville Play Space, Bourton-on-the-Water

Nottingham Road Park, Bishop’s Cleeve **6-8pm**

THURSDAY Archway Gardens, Stroud

Finlay Way Park, Bishop’s Cleeve **6-8pm**

FRIDAY No sessions

Easter Holidays Play Timetable

Easter Holidays 30th March to 10th April

All play sessions are 10am to 4pm and will take place whatever the weather!  If you are new to Play Gloucestershire’s Play Rangers, please take a look at our Information for Parents/Carers

MONDAY 30th March Meadowleaze Play Space, Elmbridge, Gloucester

Gould Playing Field, Northway

Bredon Playing Field, Bredon, Worcestershire

TUESDAY 31st March Parry Field, Tredworth, Gloucester

Nottingham Road, Bishops Cleeve

Mason Road, Stroud

WEDNESDAY 1st April Coney Hill Park, Coney Hill, Gloucester

Melville Play Space, Bourton-on-the-Water 10am – 12:30**

The Old Common Ground, Bussage ** 1:30 – 4:30pm **

Nottingham Road, Bishops Cleeve

Springfield Park, Springbank, Cheltenham

THURSDAY 2nd April Longlevens Playing Field on Longford Lane, Longlevens, Gloucester

The Recreation Ground, Ruspidge, Forest of Dean

Archway Gardens, Stroud

FRIDAY 3RD April No play sessions
MONDAY 6th April No play sessions
TUESDAY 7th April Meadowleaze Play Space, Elmbridge, Gloucester

Parry Field, Tredworth, Gloucester

Mason Road, Stroud

WEDNESDAY 8TH April Coney Hill Park, Coney Hill, Gloucester

Melville Play Space, Bourton-on-the-Water **10am – 12:30**

Nottingham Road, Bishops Cleeve

Springfield Park, Springbank, Cheltenham

THURSDAY 9th April Longlevens Playing Field on Longford Lane, Longlevens, Gloucester

The Recreation Ground, Ruspidge, Forest of Dean

Archway Gardens, Stroud

FRIDAY 10th April Evans Walk, Matson, Gloucester

Gould Playing Field, Northway

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Play Satisfaction Survey

It’s really important for us to know how satisfied our users are with the outdoor play we provide, so this summer we asked 348 children and family members to tell us! A simple questionnaire was used to find out what people think about our community play provision and we’re very pleased with the results. The headline stats show that 95% of participants thought our games and activities were awesome or good, 98% thought that our Play Rangers were awesome of good and 97% said they would recommend us to their friends and family. Thanks to everyone who took part in the survey. It’s great to know that we are satisfying so many children and families, and we will use the results to help us continue to provide memorable days of adventure, friendship and fun!

Click the link below to view or download a pdf copy of our report on the survey results.

Satisfaction Survey Final Version (High Quality Printing)