Playing Place

Playing Place is a village southwest of Truro in Cornwall, England, UK. It is to the east of the A39 road.[1] The name derives from Cornish 'plain an gwarry' (meaning "playing place"), an open-air performance area used historically for entertainment and instruction.

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Playing Place is located in Cornwall
Playing Place
Playing Place
Location within Cornwall
OS grid referenceSW811414
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
List of places
50°13′55″N 5°04′16″W / 50.232°N 5.071°W / 50.232; -5.071Coordinates: 50°13′55″N 5°04′16″W / 50.232°N 5.071°W / 50.232; -5.071


Plaque at Playing Place

The village is located in the parish of Kea, and nearby Old Kea is where St Kea landed in Cornwall on the banks of the River Truro. Plays featuring St Kea were particularly performed here amongst other ordinalia according to a plaque in the village. Bewnans Ke (The Life of Saint Ke) is a Middle Cornish play on the life of the saint, rediscovered in 2000. In more recent times the play facilities of the villages skatepark has also gained renown. Built in the 1977 it is regarded as one of the few remaining examples of skateparks built at that period. It has bowl with gentle transitions with a tighter speed bowl at one end. In the 1980s a concrete extension was added providing an additional quarter pipe.[2] It has been saved from destruction owing to the roots of some nearby protected trees which have spread underneath it. However it is not always kept clean.[3]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey One-inch Map of Great Britain; Truro and Falmouth, sheet 190. 1961
  2. ^ "Playing Place SkateGuide to Playing Place Skatepark (Truro)". The Skateparks Project. The Skateparks Project. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  3. ^ "The Skatepark Finder". TSF. TSF. Retrieved 25 April 2021.