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West Bridgford’s Lark in the Park back soon – see full details

Lark in the Park is promoted as part of Playday, the national day for play traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August.


The popular Lark in the Park returns to Bridgford Park for 2019 – last year’s event saw over 8,000 people visit.

Wednesday 7 August 2019 in Bridgford Park, West Bridgford 10am-4pm.

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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.

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 www.traveline.info

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.

Video below from 2018 

Established in 1988 Lark in the Park is a mammoth fun-filled family festival which features a whole host of child-friendly attractions such as arts and craft workshops, sports activities, rides and amusements, walkabout entertainers and stage shows and stalls from over 80 local community groups, charities and small businesses.

The fun all takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Bridgford Park, in the heart of West Bridgford town centre.

Lark in the Park is promoted as part of Playday, the National Day for Play. Lark in the Park’s theme for 2019 is Get Active, with lots of free fun classes and activities to help children develop their co-ordination, control, and movement, understand the importance of physical activity and make healthy life choices.

Lark in the Park is sponsored by Hollies Day Nurseries

Details of community groups, charities and businesses attending Lark in the Park 2019

Things to do and see
Nottingham PlayhouseJoin us for a story in our beautiful story tent. Through puppets, play and opportunities to join in, together we’ll go on storytelling adventures. You can also take part in our competition to win tickets to Sleeping Beauty or Pinocchio at the Playhouse
Hocus Pocus Magic CoPunch and Judy Show
Hands on our historyTraditional toys and games
Face Art by PetraFace and body painting
Chango FeugoCircus Skills Zone


Sport and health
Nottingham RugbyThe Green and Whites endeavour to get young people involved in the sport with fun rugby games and activities aimed at everyone who attends
Nottinghamshire Cricket BoardCricket activities to engage families.
Lex LeisurePromoting leisure provision
National Ice CentreIce skating/ice hockey related activity and promotional/discounted vouchers for families to encourage getting active, learning a new skill and sport together
Smokefree Life NottinghamStop smoking service will provide CO Readings, help advice and support for anyone wishing to quit smoking
West Bridgford Tennis ClubWest Bridgford Tennis Club will be showcasing tennis/co-ordination based games and fun competitions throughout the day!
Little LegsZumbini (Zumba for chidren) and toddler yoga
Little WicketsLittle Wickets – Cricket Fun & Games for Pre-School & Primary Aged Boys & Girls Championing Teamwork, Fair Play & Active Fun
Everyone HealthInformation on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, weight management advice and fun, interactive games.
Notts County Football in the CommunityInflatable goal and a stall to promote activities running at The Portland Centre
Change MakersCancer awareness information leaflets and interactive activities i.e. a quiz and games

A Mum and identical twins took in the fun at Lark in the Park

Charity and community
Nottinghamshire Wildlife TrustNotts Wildlife Trust will be bringing along it`s nature table illustrating a range of wildlife, some common, some obscure that can be found in and around Rushcliffe.
Fudge & Co. Exotic Animal EncountersExotic animal encounters for all ages! Meet a raccoon, skunk, owl and much more!
Lincs & Notts Air AmbulanceLincs & Notts Air Ambulance will be attending Lark in the Park with their Spin Wheel game and merchandise
Rushcliffe Borough Council recycling2goPromote recycling education and awareness
Faith in FamiliesWe are a local children’s adoption charity who support children throughout the east midlands. We will be raising awareness for our charity and will have fun activities, games and gifts.
Fresh Start for HensFresh Start for Hens. Rehoming ex commercial hens as pets Hug A Hen. Come and hug one of our friendly ladies
Neighbourhood Policing/community safetyCommunity Safety engagement – crime prevention
Kingfisher Court Care HomeTeddy tombola


Market Zone
Sweet Dreams NottinghamSleepover party hire/teepee hire
Explore LearningExercise your brain with sports related maths and english activities for children.
SafeCircle SittersSafeCircle Sitters is a babysitting service connecting families to qualified and vetted childcarers for evening babysitting. Easy and secure online booking which leaves parents in control of their bookings.
A&G Caffe Vero LtdItalian style lates, cappuccinos, choc & ice coffees
Treetop Catering LtdHot food
Hannie’s HandmadeHandmade children’swear and soft furnishings.
The Old Confectionery CartSweets, candy floss and slush.
The Food BoxGrilled cheese sandwiches using locally baked sourdough bread and regional cheeses. Fair trade tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Cooked fresh to order in our converted vintage horse trailer.
Little SparklesChildren’s jewellery and purses
Usborne Childrens BooksUsborne children’s Books
Create! Art SchoolArt Classes
F & A SmithChildren’s novelty toys
The Lost City Adventure GolfCome and try your luck on The Lost City’s interactive golf game and pick up a discount voucher or some Inca gold! Meet Ollie their friendly mascot at selected times during the day.
Rattle and Roll PerformanceMusic, Dance, Drama and Sports Clubs for children 4mths – 11 years
Just JourneyTravel company Just Journey will have fun games and competitions for you to take part in!
SpecsaversRaising awareness of eyecare in the local community. Lots of free giveaways especially for children.
Caterpillar Music RushcliffePre school childrens music and movement sessions
Jewel BoxJewellery, bags, purses, scarves, and lucky dips
Sweet Bow ChicBeautiful handmade hair bows and bow accessories including keyrings and bookmarks
Flamin Hot FoodHot food
Stagecoach West BridgfordPerforming arts school
Barefoot BabyIndependent retailer of ethical children’s clothing
Kip McGrathKip McGrath is an advanced tuition centre designed to help your child progress through classroom and individual support. Our private tutors are qualified teachers who know how to make learning fun and engaging. We offer a tailored private tuition service in Nottingham for English, Maths and Science.
Splat Messy Play Nottingham
The Marshmallow KitchenHandmade marshmallows and chocolate confectionery with rocky road and other sweet treats.

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.


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