Play in the Dark Returns to Castlemilk Park

Forestry Commission Scotland, Inspiring Scotland and the Jeely Piece Club would like to invite everyone to their free Play in the Dark event on Thursday 10th November at Castlemilk Park.

From 6pm the woods surrounding the Jelly Piece Club will light up to create a beautiful woodland spectacle for everyone to experience a magical journey through the woods.  This year’s theme, ‘Fire and Flame’ will see a special fireplace situated in the middle of the pond that everyone will be able to see from all angles. 

On the night, there will be many activities for people to join in the enchanting experience.  Visitors will be able to roast marshmallows, listen to a string quartet and watch the Castlemilk Historical Group share tales of Castlemilk Park. 

This is the second Play in the Dark event hosted by the Jeely Piece Club following the hugely successful first event in 2013. Both events were made possible with funding from Inspiring Scotland and Forestry Commission Scotland. Inspiring Scotland has supported the Jeely Piece Club for seven years through its Go2Play fund and developed the Play in the Dark idea with Forestry Commission Scotland to allow families to enjoy a unique experience in their local woodland.

Grace Lamont, Head of Play at the Jeely Piece Club, said: “There will be something for all ages at Play in the Dark and we hope everyone can make it along and enjoy it with us.  People of all ages enjoyed the previous event with over 500 people attending.  We knew there was a high level of interest to see Play in the Dark return. 

“We have thirty fantastic volunteers who have committed to helping us on the night, without them it wouldn’t be possible.  We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone enjoy this year’s Fire and Flame theme, it really will be something special.” 

Hugh McNish, Social Programme Manager, Forestry Commission Scotland, said: “Play in the Dark was really popular with the local community in 2013, it offers the community a great opportunity to see their local woodland in a different light.  We’re sure this year will be even bigger and better. 

The woodlands of Castlemilk Park are a part of a network that encourages people to go outdoors and get active and is one of 14 Commonwealth Woods across Glasgow. 

Hugh continues: “As part of the legacy of the Commonwealth Games 2014, Forestry Commission Scotland is committed to supporting events and activities that benefit the local community and encourages the use of the woodlands.”

Rachel Cowper, who runs Inspiring Scotland’s Go2Play fund, said: “Play in the Dark is a magical experience for people of all ages and we are delighted to be working with Forestry Commission Scotland and the Jeely Piece Club to bring this fantastic event to Castlemilk again. It is a unique opportunity for families to get outdoors after dark, get inspired, have fun and play in their local woodland.”

Play in the Dark is funded by Forestry Commission Scotland, Inspiring Scotland, Big Lottery Celebrate Fund as well as donations.

Event Information    

Time: 1800  

Date: Thursday 10th November 2016

Venue: Castlemilk Park


Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
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