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The Playful Escape Festival

A celebration of all things playful.

Escape the city and get lost in a day festival championing the importance of playfulness as an adult. Why do we stop playing and how can weave a bit more playfulness into our everyday? Co-produced by Antidote, Museum of Happiness, & PlayDays, The Playful Escape is an opportunity to reconnect with your sense of fun, imagination and above all, play A LOT of games. Dip into inspiring talks, active workshops & creative activities throughout the day or come for the whole thing (much advised obvs.)

NB. Kids v welcome, but this one’s really for the adults. So bring your Mrs, your mates or just your playful self.

The LIneUp

Start End Who What About
11:00 11:45 Peachyface PlayGym The Play Gym will help you stretch and strengthen your play muscles; through a series of exercises you’ll learn how to make life a little more playful.
12:00 12:45 Kevin Davidson Old School Playground Games Tag, Rock Paper Scissors, Grandmothers Footsteps, come play a bunch of classic playground games remixed by Kev.
13:00 13:45 Loose Baker Festive Games The best games to spice up any dull Xmas with the family, table games, word games and loads more.
14:00 14:45 Paul Matania  A Crash Course in the Ukulele Roadtest the ukulele in a super fun class with Paul Matania, ukes provided & total beginners v welcome.
 15:00  15:45 Caroline Milsom Playful Drawing masterclass A masterclass in playful drawing techniques and ideas hosted by artist & performer Caroline. All levels of artistic ability welcome.
Start About
11:15 11:45 Paul Matania Live music An uplifting opening set from actor musician Paul Matania.
11:45 12:15 Loose Baker Talk Professional fool, play facilitator and games expert Lucy Baker will talk about how to facilitate a playful environment for adults and share some top tips on how to make anything in your life more playful.
12:15 12:45 Museum of Happiness Talk MoH co-founder Vicky Johnson delivers a reflective speech on The Museum of Happiness, A Personal Journey, about their work connecting & inspiring people to live more fulfilling lives.

Meet here, then game will be played in area surrounding DL.

15:oo Firehazard City Dash street game High-energy scavenger hunt crossed with hide-and-seek. Work together to uncover secrets, crack cryptic clues, and outwit or outrun patrols in this high-energy immersive experience!
15:00 15:45 Antidote Musical chairs Collect en masse to play a massive game of Musical Chairs in the DL foyer. No party poopers. Get there early to bag a spot.
16:00  16:30  Kevin Davidson  Interactive talk Led by Goldmsiths lecturer Kevin Davidson, an interactive talk on the relationship between Play & Creativity and the mysterious art of Draggling.
15:00 15:45 Antidote Giant Hungry Hippos World Championships A giant game of human sized Hungry Hippos where participants will scoop their way to victory armed with ball-pit-balls and skateboards. Yes, you heard right. Collect in the Square at 3pm to be organized into teams.
15:45 Rabble Playground games Rabble host immersive team games that put the fun back into fitness. Join them in Giffin Square for a huge game of Capture the Flag, British Bulldogs or Stuck in the Mud. Bring your mates.
All Day Tick the Bucket Meet the team Come meet Tick the Bucket, the company that bring people together to achieve their Bucket Lists & tick off some of those lifelong to-dos!
All Day Museum of Happiness Meet the team The Museum of Happiness is a nonprofit organisation that provides an experiential adventure, where people of all ages and backgrounds can learn more about the essence of happiness and well-being.
All Day Antidote Robot building A pop-up DIY station where you can build your own robot out of cardboard & love.
All Day Antidote Mindful colouring in Switch off & zen out while you do some Mindful colouring in from a selection of Playful Escape pictures. Families very welcome.
All Day Antidote Board Games station A range of classic & new board games from Monopoly and Articulate to Jenga and cards to play with your mates.
All Day Peachyface PlayGym Peachyface sets up her Playgym where she’ll help you stretch and strengthen your play muscles. Through a series of exercises you’ll learn how to make life a little more playful.



Wednesday 2nd November 2016



Physical activity

Move around mildly


The Deptford Lounge 9 Giffin St, SE8 4RJ London



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