Adventure play training

Join the course and learn from some of the countries leading experts in adventure play, childhood, health and wellbeing, and children's rights.

Starts : July 04, 2022
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Ends : October 17, 2022
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Felix Road Adventure Playground, BS5 0JW -


Children & Families


Eastside Community Trust

Training the next generation of adventure play workers.
Traditionally playworkers at adventure playgrounds are self-sustaining. Generations have played, trained and worked at Felix Road.
We want to continue this tradition and train the next generation of playworkers, extending the adventure play ethos and approach outside our walls and bringing in members of the community interested in finding out more about what makes adventure play so special and why it’s vital for children.

In the course of 10 workshops, you will learn the fundamentals of adventure playgrounds and playwork, as well as skills of critical thinking, reflection, understanding childhood, risk/benefit, safety, resolution, negotiation, community engagement, children’s rights, teamwork and more.  

Bristol’s adventure playgrounds have been at the heart of communities for over 50 years and many former playworkers have gone on to professional roles in a whole variety of career fields. The FREE course funded by the WECA Community Support Fund is about local people learning together, sharing community wisdom and possibly volunteering over the summer to establish the next generation of playworkers on adventure playgrounds. 

Running the workshops will be some of the UK’s leading play professionals including some of the team here we are lucky enough to call our own.

Train to work on adventure playgrounds in Bristol this summer!
Sign up to the course of 10 workshops to be eligible for work placements and mentoring.

You can also attend individual workshops if you can’t make all 10.

FREE and open to all – however priority given to young people aged 19-25 and those from under-represented groups.
Closing date for enrolment: Monday 27 June 2022

For more information and to apply email

Workshop dates

MONDAYS 10AM TO 2PM (exception – Wednesday 20 July)

4 July The history of adventure playgrounds and their essential elements

11 July An introduction to playwork and the playwork principles

18 July Adventure playgrounds and the 3 frees

Wednesday 20 July Building and maintaining the adventure play environment


12 Sept Safeguarding and First Aid

19 Sept Working with older children with a playwork methodology

26 Sept Adventure playgrounds and community

3 Oct Children’s health and well-being (activity, food, and nutrition)

10 Oct Children’s rights and their role as active cultural citizens

17 Oct Dominant paradigms in childhood and the playwork perspective

The training programme is funded by the West of England Combined Authority as part of the wider Community Support Fund.