Entertainment and Hobbies in the 1950s

Children's Day

Many towns and cities across the UK held an annual 'Children's Day' event in the 1950s, and some still do so today. At Children's Day, there would be sports, gymnastics and other activities, and families would come to watch and cheer on the children taking part. A 'Queen' would also be crowned and there would be a procession.

This film clip from the Yorkshire Film Archive shows the 1951 'Leeds Children's Day' at Roundhay Park. 


Activity: 'Imagine you were there'

Students from St Bart's Primary School in Armley watched the film 'Leeds Children's Day' and then responded to it, imagining that they were one of the children in the park. This is what they thought they would...


See: Parades with people waving. Children running races and dancing around a maypole. People wearing costumes and wigs.


Hear: The sound of people cheering and shouting. The noise of the parade and the floats. Feet running races and children panting.

Smell: The hot dog and burger stands, smoke from the trucks, grass and flowers.


Touch: Rope, bags spoons and sacks from the races. The grass and flowers on the ground. The maypole ribbons, costumes and the atmosphere.


Design a poster:

The children then used the information they had gleaned from the film to design a poster advertising Leeds Children's Day, including all the activities that would have taken place. Examples of some of the posters the children made are pictured above.

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