Playful Learning 2018 will take place in Manchester on 11-13th July, 2018.

Playful Learning is pitched at the intersection of learning and play for adults. Playful in approach and outlook, yet underpinned by robust research and working practices, we provided a space where teachers, researchers and students could play, learn and think together. A space to meet other playful people and be inspired by talks, workshops, activities and events. Based in the heart of Manchester, we also explore some of the city’s playful spaces with evening activities continuing the fun and conversations after the formal programme ends.

Playful learning was back for a second year in July 2017: slightly bigger, and just as playful and interesting. Whether you attended, followed through #playlearn17 or have just found us, you can explore this year’s conference through some of the stories, images and ongoing challenges – see Continuing the Play below.

The Call for Sessions is now open; and further details of the conference will appear here in the coming months.

Who is Playful Learning for?

Higher and Further Education teachers, researchers, trainers and students;  library, museum and local government education officers; workplace trainers; educational designers; learning technologists; in fact anyone involved in adult learning who has an interest in engaging people through play.

“A really enjoyable conference, lots to take away, think about and work towards.”

“So inspiring. I feel ready to take a few risks outside my comfort zone”

What went on at Playful Learning 2017?

Have a look through some of the sessions, images and stories from Playful Learning 2017:

Check the active twitter feed from the conference on #playlearn17 and follow @PlayLearnConf for ongoing news.

You can relive the three days of the conference through our official photo’s:

Playful Learning 2017

And through everyone’s tweets and images in these illustrated stories:

To continue the learning and playing over the year, our presenters are starting to add resources, challenges and thoughts to the 2017 programme overview: check back regularly for updates!

A special issue of Research in Learning Technology is being curated around the 2017 conference, due to be published in 2018.

A special Playful Learning issue of the International Journal of Games Based Learning was curated from the 2016 conference papers, and is now available (Volume 7, Issue 3).

Call for Sessions 2018

The call for sessions is now open: see Call for Papers.

Key dates for 2018

Call for sessions opens: 17th November 2017

Call for sessions closes: 12th February 2018

Keynotes announced: early 2018

Registration opens: early 2018


“Workshops and keynotes were equally great”

“This is the best conference I have attended in the UK (almost ever)”

– Actual quotes taken from PL feedback