Record numbers enjoy the Play at Haigh!

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Haigh Woodland Park welcomed a record 14,000 visitors on Wednesday (1 August) for a festival of play.

National Play Day, which celebrates children’s right to play, treated swathes to a wide selection of crafts, sports and leisure activities right across the park.

The fun-packed day of adventure saw little ones and big ones exploring the park to enjoy activities including den building, wall climbing, tug of war, dancing and storytelling shows.

Peter Burt, Managing Director of Inspiring healthy lifestyles, who organise the event on behalf of Wigan Council, said: “Once again, Haigh Woodland Park has welcomed thousands of children and adults to have fun and get active as part of National Play Day. A record number of youngsters, parents and carers enjoyed the attractions in beautiful surroundings, and we look forward to seeing all these residents again soon at the park or across our other leisure and wellbeing facilities throughout the borough.”
photo of dignitaries at the launch of National Play Day
Cllr Jenny Bullen, cabinet member for children and young people’s services at Wigan Council, said: “National Play Day has proved once more to be a superb event at one of Wigan’s star attractions. Haigh Woodland Park provided a beautiful outdoor space for children to learn new skills, explore new surroundings, but most importantly have fun. It was also a great opportunity for Wigan Council to meet residents to share ideas on how we can further improve our local area through The Deal.”

The beautiful landscape of Haigh Woodland Park can be enjoyed all year round, having recently introduced attractions including High Ropes and Adventure Golf as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the site.

For more information about the site and for details on upcoming activities and events visit, or visit for even more leisure and culture activities across the borough.