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Lark in the Park (National Play Day)

Lark in the Park is one of Nottinghamshire's biggest family play day events. It is a mammoth fun-filled day which features a whole host of child friendly attractions such as arts and craft workshops, have-a-go sports activities plus shows, walkabout entertainers and stage shows. Admission is free but there is a charge for fairground rides and inflatables.

In 2017 we will celebrate Lark in the Park on Wednesday 2 August 10am - 4pm. Our theme will be "Go Wild" - go wild, get muddy and get up close and personal with nature. Our sponsor for the 2017 Lark in the Park is Rex Gooding Estate Agents. For live updates about Lark in the Park visit our Facebook event page

Demo stage timetable

  • 10am - Sling Swing
  • 11am - Jo Jingles
  • 12pm - Gizmos Lab
  • 1pm - Dynamique Dance
  • 2pm - Jo Jingles
  • 3pm - Dynamique Dance

Exhibitors and attractions



Health and Wellbeing  

 Charity and Community               

Market and Food            


Early Years and Family 



Lark in the Park is promoted as part of Playday, the national day for play traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August. As well as an annual celebration of child’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children and young people’s lives. Playday is coordinated by PlayBoard Northern Ireland, Play England, Play Scotland and Play Wales. On Playday thousands of children and young people across the UK got out and played at hundreds of locally organised events/celebrations – from small-scales neighbourhood get-togethers to large-scale public events.



Travel guidance

Parking for Lark in the Park is provided on Bridge Field, Bridgford Road (opposite Co-op) at a cost of £3 per car. Our overflow car park is at NFFC Brian Clough Stand, off Lady Bay Bay, West Bridgford. 

Regular bus services operate from the city centre and across Rushcliffe to West Bridgford. For more information about public transport visit www.traveline.info 




Safety tips for Lark in the Park

Lark in the Park is one of the oldest and biggest free playdays in Nottinghamshire and therefore one of the busiest. Every year our safety stewards deal with around 20 cases of lost children but that’s happily just a fraction of the thousands who come through the gates of Bridgford Park.

Follow our top tips to keep your family safe and panic-free:

  1. Before you leave home  prepare some form of written ID for your child. Pop a note with your name and a mobile phone number hidden in your in your child’s pocket or even better, pick up one of Rushcliffe Borough Council’s free ID wristbands at the Rushcliffe Borough Council information point on arrival. That way, if one of our stewards locates your child we’ll be able to give you a call immediately and let you know they’re safe.

  2. Get your child to wear bright clothing to stand out in the crowds and challenge them to remember what YOU are wearing so they can describe you to a steward if needed. Consider taking a quick group selfie on your phone before you leave the house – our stewards will be able to conduct a much more accurate search if we have a photo to help us. Ask older children if they know YOUR name and could tell an adult in an emergency.

  3. Agree a meeting place when you arrive – we suggest the information point as there’ll always be stewards on hand here to take reports and give announcements via our public address system if needed.

  4. Teach your child to who you consider safe to ask for help – a mum walking with other children, a steward, a police officer etc. Teach your child never to go off with strangers and tell them never to leave the park without you, even if an adult offers to help them find you.

  5. Keep your group in check. It’s very easy to get distracted by noise and crowds but if you’re sharing a childcare role with friends or family be clear about who is watching over them, especially if you’re going to the loo, queing for food etc. You can’t keep your eyes on older children all the time, especially in busy areas such as the play park, but ask your child to keep coming back to you regularly and report in.

  6. Act immediately if your child becomes lost. Resist the temptation to try and search for your child alone - report to the information point or your nearest steward for help. We have a dedicated team on hand and will be at your assistance straight away.

If you’ve got other top tips we’d love to hear them. Get in touch on social media or at media@rushcliffe.gov.uk

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