Play Rangers


Creative Youth NetworkScreen Shot 2013-10-07 at 00.19.44     The Playranger team  


Play Rangers are outreach workers who provide exciting, challenging and risky play opportunities for children and young people.

Promoting healthy, fun activity in their parks and open spaces. 

We give children of all abilities and backgrounds the chance to play freely together, interact and make new friends.

We believe that every child has the right to play and we’re committed to promoting the importance of play wherever we work.

The Playranger Team work in partnership with Creative Youth Network to deliver a Bristol Youth Links service and can be found in



             St.George’s Park every Wednesday 3:30-5:30pm    (meet by the lake)                           Tree climbing with the Playrangers

             MeadowVale Park every Thursday 3:30-5:30pm

             All sessions are FREE and open access.

             Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or responsible older sibling.


Playrangers do not take responsibility for children coming and going however we are responsible for making the activities

as safe as possible and we will not tolerate any bullying, racism or any form of prejudice.

 Activities are targeted at children aged 8-13 however everyone is welcome and sessions are inclusive.


A range of activities are always on offer including circus skills, sports and tree climbing as well as opportunities

to learn safe fire-lighting, den-building or outdoor cooking.

Activities are flexible depending on the interests of the children.

Our service, delivered by trained and dedicated play workers, is FREE, inclusive and open to everyone. 


                     Fun in Gaunts Ham park with the Playrangers                 using tools with the Playrangers               Playrangers are the best!

 Some of the activities are a bit messy, please wear appropriate clothes.

The Playbus Playranger team brings exciting open access play opportunities into the heart of communities across the city,

inviting all children to join us in playing inside and outside all year round

The Playranger van is stocked with a wide variety of equipment including lots of items to stimulate different aspects of play which include:

  • Physical play such as sports and circus skills.
  • Creative play using arts and crafts materials such as felt-making or bike decorating.
  • Risky play including cooking on a fire wok, climbing and working with tools. 
  • Rough and tumble play- Swinging in hammocks, playing on crashmats
  • Imaginative / fantasy play including role play,dressing up and loose parts play.
  • Exploratory play such as environmental activities like pond dipping
  • Social play including parachute games, tag and team games.

Some of the children earned The Bristol Award last year for learning new skills and supporting eachother.

Community involvement  our Playrangers work closely with the PCSO’s , attend partnership meetings and  neighbourhood forums to find out the priorities for the areas we work in order to identify  the areas of greatest need.It is by maintaining these links with the community that ensures that the Playrangers are strategically placed to engage with the maximum number of children.

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for further details.