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The First Ever ParkPlay in the North!

May 11, 2021

Over 60 people took part in Barrow’s first-ever ParkPlay on Saturday at Barrow Park.

The event will now be held every Saturday in Barrow Park from 10am-11am, all year round. It is delivered by ParkPlay working in partnership with Active Cumbria, Barrow Borough Council, Cumbria County Council and supported by local schools.

The initiative offers FREE fun and games for people of any age and gives people the opportunity to meet, move and play together with others in their local community. People can take part in a range of games and activities including dodgeball, frisbee, scavenger hunts and quick cricket.

It has been funded by Barrow Local Committee & Cllr Kevin Hamilton said, ‘
‘What better way to become active and have fun, then with ParkPlay every Saturday morning offering a full range of fun activities for any age group, young or old. All welcome.'

People taking part in the event gave the following feedback:

‘It was fantastic, lots of fun had by all, we’ll be back next week.’

 ‘Lots of great games for adults and children, very inclusive, my youngsters loved it! Thank you for bringing ParkPlay to Barrow.’

 Active Cumbria Development Officer Emma Broadbent said;

'Access to FREE organised sport is important to the boroughs residents's physical and mental health. We are very lucky in Barrow to have such a beautiful, well maintained park, which is already home to many local activities including parkrun & junior parkrun.  

Resilient communities are built by active residents who participate within, and thats why there are lots of opportunities and roles for everyone taking part, whether you want to turn up and play or come along and help out, it's for everyone.' 

The past year has demonstrated the importance of building strong, happy, active communities. ParkPlay will help by providing regular, fun, informal opportunities to be active with others.'

You can find out more about ParkPlay in Barrow and how you can get involved at the ParkPlay website here

ParkPlay offers free fun and games for everyone each Saturday in parks, and it is coming to Barrow Park on Saturday 19th June at 10am.

The event will be held every Saturday in Barrow Park from 10am-11am. 

What is ParkPlay?

ParkPlay is a simple idea – it’s an event with fun and games every Saturday morning in Barrow Park
Everyone is welcome
ParkPlay is free, and no – there is no catch
ParkPlay is organised at your local park

The past year has demonstrated the importance of building strong, happy, active communities. ParkPlay will help by providing regular, fun, informal opportunities to be active with others.

ParkPlay Barrow is also looking for volunteers who want to join the team and to have a positive impact in the local community.

Volunteers will be the driving force behind ParkPlay in their local park, encouraging people of all ages to turn up, join in and cheer each other on. ParkPlay will provide the tools and support to make it simple and fun. 

If you want to join the team and inspire more people to play, or know somebody else who might, go to or email

Be a ParkPlayer!

Free fun & games for all


ParkPlay is a charity supported by Sport England to with a mission to give everyone the opportunity to experience the life-changing power of play. ParkPlay’s vision is to successfully launch and establish ParkPlay across the UK and to be in 450 parks by 2026. ParkPlay’s uses play to deliver positive experiences that encourage more people to be active, positively improve perceptions of physical activity and act as stepping-stone to enhanced wellbeing.

Be a ParkLeader In Barrow!
Free fun & games for all

Volunteer Opportunities
Just email for more details

Are you coming to Barrow ParkPlay this Saturday? There are just a few things you need to know.

Everyone (adults and children) should be registered.

You only need to do it once and we'll check you in when you arrive.

Why and how here at