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Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, and in line with the Government and Public Health England advice on social distancing, our Playranger service is not currently running sessions. In the meantime, please see the videos on this page for some fun ideas from the Playrangers.


Playrangers is an exciting project which encourages children to play freely outdoors. All children are welcome to join the free sessions that are held after school in five locations around Guildford (under-8s must be accompanied by an adult).

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The Playrangers are qualified and experienced play workers who run play sessions based on using the natural environment as well as child-led play.

Playranger sessions run every weekday during term-time. They are a great way for children and young people to get outside, be active and make new friends. Sessions are aimed at 8 to 12 year olds, however under-8s are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Playranger dates

No dates available at the moment.

Fun ideas from the Playrangers

Watch our videos for fun and creative ideas to keep children and young people entertained.

The sessions are free and the Playrangers come equipped with lots of play resources, games and ideas.

Playranger sessions

Our Playranger sessions are held in the following parks and open spaces on different days of the week, term time only between 3.30pm to 5.30pm:

  • Monday: Pirbright Village Green, GU24 0JE

  • Tuesday: Coronation Gardens, Ash, GU12 5DN

  • Wednesday: Park Barn Drive, Guildford GU2 8EU

  • Thursday: Bellfields Green, Bellfields, GU1 1JT

  • Friday: Hornhatch Green, Chilworth, GU4 8AX

Please see our map for the more details on locations and days that the Playranger sessions are available. (Click on an icon for more information.)

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Information for parents and carers

The Playranger Project is an open access service which means children are free to come and go as they please. This is not a childcare service. Children under 8 will be able to take part but must have parental supervision throughout the session. Please read our  icon Information for Parents 2018 [800.5KB] for more information. All parents with children will be welcome to join in at sessions.

Children will need to wear something appropriate to the weather and expect to get dirty. Playing outside is fun and messy and is likely to lead to grass, mud coming home on children's clothing.

Playrangers believe that children can play in all weathers as long as they have appropriate clothing, and will deliver sessions in all weathers, adapting their activity to ensure the children have fun. 

Please do not forget sun hats, sun cream and plenty of drinks for your children during the warm weather and gloves, scarves and hats during cold winter evenings.

We require all parents to complete a  icon Registration form 2018 [358.14KB] on their first visit to a session.

Following initial registration, each child will be asked to provide the Playrangers with their name and age only for the register for each session.

All parents and carers with children attending will be requested provide contact and emergency details.

Book Playrangers for your event

Our Playrangers team has a wealth of experience in supporting and encouraging children to play freely outdoors.

You can now book our Playrangers to come along to your event, whether it's a school fete, youth group, uniformed group or community fun day.

Activities offered by the team include:

  • Smoothie bike

  • Marshmallow toasting on the fire bowl

  • Face painting

  • Den building

  • Sumo suits

  • Arts and crafts

  • Steel pan drums

  • Obstacle course

  • Tarpaulin slip and slide

  • Whittling

The table below shows the cost of each activity.

Cost of hiring out Playrangers activity sessions for 2018-2019
ActivityIn borough - 2 hour eventIn borough - 3 hour eventOut of borough - 2 hour eventOut of borough - 3 hour event
Smoothie bike£185.00£210.00£275.00£310.00
Marshmallow toasting on the fire bowl£175.00£200.00£265.00£300.00
Face painting£165.00£190.00£255.00£290.00
Den building£135.00£160.00£225.00£260.00
Sumo suits£135.00£160.00£225.00£260.00
Arts and crafts*£185.00£210.00£275.00£310.00
Steel pan drums£135.00£160.00£225.00£260.00
Obstacle course£135.00£160.00£225.00£260.00
Tarpaulin slip and slide£165.00£190.00£255.00£290.00

(*Additional charge, dependent on activity choice)

Please note: prices may be subject to change, depending on the event size and location.

Making an enquiry

If you are making an enquiry, we need to know the:

  • date and location of your event

  • length of time the team will be required at the event

  • target group for the event

  • expected turnout of the event

  • activity choice

Benefits of play

Children will be encouraged to assess risk and learn how to take precautionary measures to keep themselves and others safe.

They may have a chance to take part in an activity not otherwise accessible to them.

Activities will enhance development of fine motor skills, hand/eye co-ordination, plus team working and communication skills.

Playranger sessions help build social interaction skills and encourage the sharing of food and equipment.

Children will experience a sense of achievement and accomplishment in learning to use a new skill, boosting confidence and self-esteem.

For more information, please email playrangers@guildford.gov.uk or call 01483 444713.