What is the Playbus?

Playbus from the side

The Brighton & Hove playbus 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. Our service, delivered by trained and dedicated play workers, is free, inclusive and open to everyone. 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 bus carries a wide range of equipment including lots of items to stimulate different aspects of play which include:

  • physical play such as scooters, bikes, sports equipment, stilts and juggling equipment.
  • indoor activities such as books, card games and Lego.
  • creative play through the provision of art materials, face paints, music, and group games.
  • challenging play which includes activities such as bonfires, climbing and working with tools.
  • imaginative play which can involve dressing up and role playing with other children or staff.

The Playbus is currently being assessed for the Quality in Play assurance scheme. This is an accredited programme that measures good quality play work.

All children under 8 must be supervised by a responsible adult.

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

Easter holiday programme 2014, Monday 7 to Thursday 17 April

All sessions run from 2pm to 5pm 

Monday  Haybourne Road Playground, Whitehawk
Tuesday The Level
Wednesday Farm Green, Bevendean
Thursday Harmsworth Crescent, Hangleton

Spring 2014 playbus sessions

The Playbus spring programme starts on Tuesday 29 April. All sessions run from 3.30pm - 5.00pm

Please note there is no session on Monday 28 April due to staff training. 

Monday  Haybourne Road Playground, Whitehawk 
Tuesday Saunders Park, Brighton
Wednesday Farm Green, Bevendean
Thursday Hangleton Park, Hangleton

New Saturday sessions at The Level

As part of The Level restoration project the Playbus team and playwork volunteers will be running Saturday sessions from 1 February. These sessions will run from 11am to 1pm

Come and join us

To get all the latest news from the Playbus please follow us on Twitter @BHCCplaybus and on Facebook.

Take a look at our video to find out what it's like at the Playbus. Adults and children from Hangleton and Whitehawk talk about the Playbus and what it means to them. Why not come and join us?



You can download a written description of the Playbus video [PDF17kb]

Playbus links

The Playbus team also work with other organisations and services to provide free open access play across the city. For more information on these organisations and for other relevant links view our Playbus links page. 

Contact us

The Twitter icon linking to our Twitter page   If you would like to find out more about the Playbus or have any questions then you can now follow @BHCCplaybus on twitter or look at the new Playbus Facebook page

pebble paintingYou can also contact us by post, telephone or email:

The Playbus Team
The Play Service
Youth Office
376 Carden Avenue

Telephone: (01273) 292733
Fax: (01273) 293592