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About this event

Join us for a day of activities inspired by Edwardian games. This event is part of Playday, a nationwide festival of play of all kinds and our Big Wednesday series, which takes place throughout August.

On Playday thousands of children and their families get out to play at hundreds of community events across the UK. As well as a celebration of children's right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives. 

Events today include:

  • The Giant Zoetrope 11am - 4pm
    Experience the magic of zoetrope animation. Draw your own image sequences, abstract squiggles or looped doodles and spin them in the zoetrope to see your pictures come to life.
    All Ages.  Drop-in (queuing may be required if busy)
    Display Garden
  • Traditional Games 11am - 4pm
    Come and have a go at some traditional games the Edwardians enjoyed.
    All ages. Drop-in (queuing may be required if busy)
    Putting Green
  • Wild in the Garden 11.30 - 1 & 2 - 3.30
    Meet Wildlife expert Jim Murphy and explore our wildlife garden to see if you can discover which minibeasts live there. 
    All Ages.  Drop-in (queuing may be required if busy)
    Wildlife Garden
  • Family Art Fun: Edwardian Rocking Horses
    Make a mini rocking horse to take home.  For families with children aged 3 +.  20 children per session - no more than four children per adult. 
    Session times: 11.00 - 11.30, 11.45 - 12.15, 12.30 - 1.00, 2.00 - 2.30, 2.45 - 3.15 & 3.30 - 4.00
    Gardens Pavilion
  • Entertainment: The Mighty Moustache! 1.30pm - 2pm & 3pm - 3.30pm
    Strongman, Circus Artist, Adventurer and all round paragon of gentlemanly conduct. Sir Leopold Aleksander visits the Horniman with his own brand of family friendly entertainment. All Ages.
  • Face Painting 11am - 4pm
    Glitterbees return to the Horniman for Face Painting fun.
    £4 per large design, £3 per small design or glitter tattoo
  • Trails and Quizzes 11am - 4pm
    Explore our Nature trail and see what creatures and plants you can spot along the way or explore Edwardian games with our activity trails. All ages. Drop-in.
    Play Day Information Stand
  • Story Trail: The Selfish Giant  11am - 4pm
    Collect a story map from the Play Day information stand and go on a story walk around the gardens.  All ages. Drop-in.
    Play Day Information Stand
  • Community TeachSport: ParkActive 11am - 3pm
    Join in with some healthy drop in activities suitable for children aged 0 – 18 and their adults.