Playing Out is a parent and resident led movement restoring children’s freedom to play out in the streets and spaces where they live, for their health, happiness and sense of belonging.
We started – and now support and grow – the UK-wide resident led street play movement, where thousands of people are working in their own communities to bring about positive change for children.
How it works
Play streets are a big part of what we do. They are resident-led, regular and low-key road closures simply for children on that street to play freely and neighbours to connect.
With council permission and general agreement from neighbours, residents legally close the road to through-traffic, using ‘Road Closed’ signs and cones, or other barriers such as wheelie-bins – allowing children to play out freely and safely, for a few hours each week or month.
Residents still have vehicle access and can leave their cars parked on the road. Volunteer stewards (usually residents) stand at each end of the street and walk in front of any moving vehicles to keep it safe. Read more about play streets and how to start on your street.
We are a grassroots movement, working to help bring about bigger change for children around their need and right to play out in the streets and spaces where they live. Playing out can empower children and adults alike to feel they belong in their own communities.
Success is going to take a major shift in wider public attitudes and behaviour – as well as in government policy and the way we plan and design our streets and cities!
We see our work as a catalyst for change and we are part of a wider movement for children’s freedom to play outside in the streets and spaces where they live.
Want to learn more?
If you would like to learn more about the importance of street play or about setting up a Play Street on your street, visit our friendly team on the farm Monday to Thursday normal working hours – we are opposite the main pedestrian gate entrance from Philip Street.