Take your research to Oxfordshire Play Association events - various dates and locations this summer
17 January 2023
Public Engagement - opportunity
The Oxfordshire Play Association arranges opportunities for families in local communities to explore and play and welcome fun, hands-on science activities that stimulate young peoples' curiosity.
The Oxfordshire Play Association is inviting researchers to bring their interactive, fun science activities to their community play days, taking place across the region this summer.
These events attract thousands of people each year with the opportunity to play, explore and learn.
Play is vital to children’s physical and mental health and development, and it happens when children and young people follow their own ideas and interests, in their own way, and for their own reasons. Play provides opportunities for social interaction and physical activity, it can reduce children’s stress and promote wellbeing and is a dynamic facilitator of creativity. Importantly, social connection and play offer myriad learning opportunities and positively support children’s academic attainment and learning.
If you have an activity that is suited to or adaptable to young primary aged children and their families, and have a sense of playfulness to them, then you are welcome to attend these events, which are free to be as inclusive as possible.
Participation at events is free, though note you will need to provide your own weather cover, and there is generally no running water or power available on site (click here to see what kit we can loan). If you have budget to provide a contribution to help cover the costs of running the events, it will be very welcome.
Events will be taking place on the following dates:
Saturday 17th June RAF Benson / Wallingford
Saturday 24th June Vauxhall Barracks / Didcot
Saturday 1st July RAF Brize Norton / Carterton
Saturday 8th July South Abingdon
Saturday 15th July Northway & Marston (Oxford City)
Wednesday 26th July Banbury Peoples Park
Thursday 27th July Eynsham
Tuesday 1st August Berinsfield
Thursday 3rd August Witney
Friday 4th August Faringdon
Wednesday 16th August Banbury Princess Diana Park
Monday 21st August Chipping Norton
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