Wrexham’s Play Services are teaming up with artists, poets and musicians to transform Henblas Square for a three day event of immersive, creative, child-led play.

Chwarae-Geiriau/Word Play will take place on the 10th, 11th & 12th May in Wrexham town centre between 11am and 5pm.

Children will be able to take the lead in a range of creative play activities including a sandpit, a range of loose-parts, den-building materials, art supplies and more.

Wrexham’s fantastic playworkers will be on hand to provide support. All children are welcome provided they are accompanied by parents or carers. A number of school and nursery groups will also be taking part.

Entry is free – no need to book.

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Supporting our City of Culture bid

Word Play is part of a huge programme of community events taking place across the county borough to support Wrecsam’s bid to become UK City of Culture in 2025.

The event has been developed by local poet and activist Evrah Rose, and Dave Acton of Larynx Entertainment working with Wrexham Council, The Venture and Assemble Play – part of the Turner prize winning collective Assemble.

Artists Dusk (Adam Pritchard), Georgina Caiger and Natalie Griffiths have been commissioned to create street art for the event, which children will be able to contribute to.

The ‘UK capital of play’

Evrah Rose, poet, author and trustee of The Venture adventure playground in Caia Park, said: “We want Word Play to represent the commonalities between play and the arts – especially street art and hip-hop which can be seen as marginalised.

“We want to uplift these cultural practices because we know they have real value in terms of wellbeing and self-expression.”

Ian Bancroft, Wrexham Council Chief Executive, said: “Wrexham’s unique play provision and adventure playgrounds have been highlighted as a key aspect of the county’s bid for City of Culture in 2025.

“We see ourselves as the UK capital of play. This event showcases the innovative playwork happening here and provides a glimpse of a vision for the future of play in Wrexham.”

Find out more

To view all the upcoming events and find our more about our bid to become UK City of Culture 2025 visit the Wrecsam2025 website and follow the #Wrecsam2025 hashtag on social media.

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