• Bristol Playbus is a mobile charity that has had 40 years experience of responding to the needs of the community.
  • Working pro-actively to identify areas of need and responding reactively to meet those needs. 
  • Started in 1974 as a mobile puppet bus, Bristol Playbus operated for many years as a mobile resource actively promoting social inclusion, community cohesion and the importance of play. 

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Our services have adapted over the years to be able to offer a range of play opportunities to children and families who are suffering from deprivation, either socially, economic or through disability. Playbus currently provides a range of play and childcare services in partnership with other agencies to children, young people and their families in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset areas.

Our core values 

  • We have an ethos of inclusion and we endeavour to offer equality of opportunity and access in all the work that we do.
  • We regard each child, young person and adult as a unique individual and value their personal background, including culture, religion, language, personal achievement and home experiences.
  • All our services are free at the point of delivery.

Our vehicles equipped to work with children aged 0-15 years:

  •  The Play Truck- a specially designed smaller vehicle for small groups /community events
  • The Sensory truck is designed to give Sensory learning experiences to children with additional needs.
  • The Playranger van is kitted out for play sessions for 5-13 year olds. Carrying a selection of sports, arts and environmental play activities such as tree climbing, den building, outdoor cooking and fire building equipment.

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We have a variety of large play equipment such as large outdoor games , a marquee and a large amount of ‘softplay’ equipment including a ball pit for under 5’s. A selection of sports equipment and  loose parts, Free play, Playranger  and Early years equipment and all the necessary kit to carry out bookings for community fairs, Playdays and festivals.

We work in partnership with other agencies including WECIL, Khaas, Felix Road Adventure Playground and Creative Youth Networks to provide a professional integrated service.

Based in Easton, we are right in the heart of our local community.

Our funding is sourced from a wide variety of places including the Big Lottery fund and The Emigrant support fund and Comic Relief. We hold contracts with Short breaks and Bristol Youth links services through Bristol City Council. We also generate some of our own income through bookings for schools, clubs and statutory agencies and the hiring out of  equipment. Income from Trusts and other agencies is vital to the running of our project.

The project is supported, managed and guided by a long serving and dedicated voluntary Management Committee.

You can read more about the team on our page Meet the Team


Company No. 1773155
Registered Charity No. 288551

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