Pollokshields Playhouse_TinkerTown den building event by The City of Play.


See below for some further information about previous #TinkerTown events, how it originated, and how many people we have engaged.


#TinkerTown began in July 2016 as part of the summer festival ‘Archi-Fringe’ in Pollokshields, Glasgow. It began as a pop-up den building event - inspired by the original Adventure Playgrounds - giving children and families the time, space and freedom to design, build and play as they like with real tools, pallets and scrap timber! The inaugural event lasted 4 days with an average attendance of 40 participants per day. In subsequent years, we have strived to facilitate a 5 day summer event in various locations across the central belt of Scotland, with the ambition to grow each year.


As #TinkerTown began to grow more popular, we were able to attract a greater number of communities, particularly those in areas of high level social deprivation. We worked with local community groups to develop a marketing strategy to reach those who have limited opportunity to experience this type of family event in their daily lives.


Over the years we have faced many challenges, honed our skills and tweaked the event to ensure we provide the best participant experience possible. In 2019, we have averaged 100 participants per day with the highest number being 172. However, in our last #TinkerTown of 2019, we engaged just under 500 people in one day. It is now our ambition to use this as a platform to further grow the event and attract more people and communities across Scotland.


Since July 2016, we have ran 47 days of events, welcoming over an estimated 5,000 participants in total, to great avail and without serious incident or injury.