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Lark in the Park

Lark in the Park is one of the East Midland's biggest free outdoor play days. 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 free classes, walkabout entertainers and stage shows.


Lark in the Park is one of Nottinghamshire's biggest free outdoor events for families. Established in 1988, 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, rides and amusements, walkabout entertainers and stage shows and stalls from over 80 local community groups, charities and small businesses.

The next Lark in the Park will take place on Wednesday 7 August 2019 in Bridgford Park, West Bridgford 10am-4pm. 

Lark in the Park is kindly sponsored by Hollies Day Nurseries

Admission to Lark in the Park is free but there is a charge for some attractions such as fairground rides and inflatables.

Visitor parking can be found on Bridge Field, Bridgford Road, West Bridgford - just across from The Botanist. Parking is £3 all day. Regular bus services operate from the city centre and across Rushcliffe to West Bridgford. For more information about public transport visit 

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.

Want to know more? Call us on 0115 914 8517  email or visit our facebook event page






Exhibitors and attractions 2018

Details of community groups, charities and businesses attending Lark in the Park 2018

 Early years providers

  • Hollies Day Nurseries
  • Rattle & Roll
  • Funky Tots
  • Little Legs Ltd
  • SafeCircle Sitters
  • Caterpillar Music Rushcliffe
  • Speech Therapy Specialists
  • Mini Professors
  • Create! Art School
  • Willow Childcare & Training Ltd
  • Sing and Sign
  • Messy Monsterz
  • Baby College East Nottinghamshire
  • Family Lives
  • Stagecoach
  • Cook Stars South and East Nottingham
  • Rushcliffe Children’s Centre Breastfeeding Peer Support Group
  • Mr Balloony
  • Hands on our History
  • Junk4Funk
  • Funtime


Charities and community organisations

  • Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance
  • Faith in Families
  • Recycling2go
  • South Notts Wildlife Trust
  • Royal British Legion West Bridgford
  • Bugs n Bones
  • Kingfisher Court Care Home
  • Rushcliffe Borough Council Community Safety Team
  • Nottinghamshire Police
  • Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Via East Midlands in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council


Sports and health organisations

  • The Carers Roadshow
  • Nottingham Rugby
  • Parkwood Leisure
  • Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Insight Healthcare
  • Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
  • National Ice Centre
  • Everyone Health
  • Little Wickets
  • Change Makers
  • Edwalton Golf Centre
  • West Bridgford Tennis
  • Smokefree Life


Market Zone

  • The Botanist West Bridgford
  • Slater and Brandley
  • Usborne Childrens Books
  • Specsavers
  • Sweet Bow Chic
  • Beauty Temple
  • Umma Stuff
  • Face Art by Petra
  • Hannies Handmade
  • Little Sparkles
  • Pop up Sale
  • Mamababybliss
  • F&A Smith
  • Just Journey
  • Jewelbox

Food and Drink

  • The Old Confectionery Cart
  • The Marshmallow Kitchen
  • A&G Caffe Vero
  • The Food Box
  • Mmmm that tastes yummy
  • Treetop Catering
  • Flamin Hot Food














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

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