Design, build and play at Penicuik Park

Young people in Penicuik can have a go at designing and building structures from wooden pallets and scrap timber during three days of creative play coming up this September.

City of Play

The Penicuik Heritage Regeneration Project is working with Tinkertown (The City of Play) to deliver the event for school groups at Penicuik Park on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 September. Part of the project’s education and engagement plan, this will be followed by an event in the park on Saturday 17 September from 10am to 3pm where families can join in the fun.

Pop-up event

Inspired by the original adventure playgrounds, and re-living the art of den building through play, Tinkertown is a an amazing, pop-up event giving children and families the time, space and freedom to design, build and play as they like - with real tools, pallets and scrap timber!

Architecture and design

“The City of Play’s aims align with those of the Penicuik heritage project’s activity plan,” said Midlothian Provost, Councillor Debbi McCall. “It’s about engaging young people to think about their surroundings, to appreciate architecture and design and to create something for themselves in an environment that encourages them to be both active and creative.”

School groups

The Thursday and Friday sessions will be for local school groups only.  All the materials, tools and safety equipment will be provided by The City of Play and students will be supervised by staff and teachers.


On the Saturday, 17 September from 10am to 3pm, families will be invited to have a go.  At that event, Craig Frew Conservation Ltd will also be organising demonstrations of traditional construction skills such as stone carving, sign writing, plaster work and joinery, with families able to try out some of these skills.

All children under 16 must be supervised by an adult.

6 Sep 2022