By Zan My phone pinged and a message came through with some news that made me sigh. The Pop-Up Play Shop is based in Radcliffe, and small town on the outskirts of Manchester, UK – an area that lost a lot of the mill-town glory it once had, and is tumbling still....
By Pop-Ups Zan Sitting at a tiny desk in the middle of a swelteringly hot day in Hong Kong, I stared at an email that had just popped through. I am working in Asia, and my brain is discombobulated from many layers of bilingual conversation, so upon reading this email,...
By Millie Boswell and Gareth Stacey, CVSC Play Development Team ConwyThe Play Development Team at Conwy first approached us at Pop-Ups HQ a few months ago, explaining how they wanted to open their very own Pop-Up Play Shop. This was a wonderful moment as it meant that...
By MorganAs you know, we’re super excited about the Playworker Development Course, which we’ve been running for 2 years now, with 82 students from 12 countries. In March, we were shortlisted for the Playwork Training Provider Award at the UK National...
By MorganIt’s time to say so long to another year – and what a year it had been! Thank you, everyone, for your help in making new adventures possible for children all around the world, whether you lead a pop-up adventure playground, helped fund...
By MorganWe used to hear a child screaming and grin at each other, knowing they were headed our way. When they arrived the child would be clawing at the straps in their pushchair, desperate to run around. The mother would drop her bag and head for the sofa, equally...
By ZanWe have been working very hard with Adrian Voce to bring Pop-Up Play Shops to the high streets of the UK but we need your help. A few months back we were able to gain Big Lottery funding to work on an exciting project to find out how much demand there is in the...
The new play charity, Pop-Up Adventure Play (UK) has been awarded a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards-for-All programme.The money will enable the charity to explore the potential for a national scheme to help local groups establish “Pop-Up Play Shops”...
By ZanThe blog for the Shop of Possibilities has been one of my favourite blogs ever since I found it about a year ago. The updates aren’t regular, but the photos are always fascinating, and gives a little glimpse into the life of a possible world. So imagine...
By MorganAnother Pop-Up Play Shop flowered recently, in Paignton, Devon. Play Torbay had invited us down to be a part of Children’s Week – an annual celebration of and for children, that has been going for 60 years!Most of Children’s Week happens...
By ZanMorgan and I were lucky enough to attend the Spirit of Adventure Play Conference this year, and we were both very excited. Play Wales organises this conference every year, and it is arguably the best playwork conference in the UK. I know I had a lot of fun...
by MorganWelcome back, everyone, from all the various holidays.I’m happy to share with you all the exciting news that Pop-Up Play Shop Cardiff’s long-running appeals process with Cardiff Council Business Rates department has been won! After much deliberation –...
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