‘Pop up’ park of traditional fun

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BARKER’S Pool is the venue for a free ‘pop-up park’ being built in Sheffield city centre to get children involved in old fashioned play.

The Morrisons M Savers Summer Play Park comes to Sheffield for two days on Thursday and Friday, August 16 and 17, from 10am to 6pm each day.

The supermarket chain claims 96 per cent of Sheffield parents surveyed regularly played free games in their youth, yet 27 per cent of their children have never played hopscotch, leapfrog, blind man’s bluff, jacks or tiddlywinks. The Sheffield event will allow children and parents to learn such games, and other free and low-cost creative activities.

Catherine Prisk, Director of Play England, said: “Outdoor and indoor play is essential for children’s health.”