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This map shows the growing number of residents and councils who are helping to enable children to play out more. We add information to it when we know of activity happening on streets and in neighbourhoods.

You can find out what’s happening where you live and see whether there are others doing things locally who are happy to give you support and advice. Our Local Authority Directory lists the areas where most change is happening. If you are already doing something on your street and it’s not yet on the map, please email us to let us know.

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Bristol is where Playing Out first started in 2009, with two neighbours deciding to try to change their street for play (for more background read the Playing Out story).

Now (in May 2016) nearly 100 streets have had a playing out session and most have been granted a Temporary Play Street Order, a policy which lets residents open their streets for play regularly. Bristol residents can apply for a year’s worth of sessions – up to once a week using a single application form.

If you live in Bristol and are interested in getting your street playing out, we can help. We can provide advice over the phone, come to residents’ meetings you are holding and provide a box of equipment  to help it run smoothly. Our small team is based in North Street, Bedminster, BS3 and we work in a drop-in shop space. Anyone wanting to find out more about street play and chat about how to get started is very welcome to pop in.

There’s now a group of playing out ‘activators’ based in their own neighbourhoods around the city able to give direct support and advice to other residents in their areas.

Kate Staniforth is working in Easton, Lawrence Hill and St Paul’s and also Southmead, Lockleaze, Avonmouth and Shirehampton –

Gaby Solly is working in Bishopston, Horfield, Redland, Cotham, Ashley, Clifton, Cabot, Clifton East, Westbury, Henleaze, and Stoke Bishop –

Jo Chesterman is working in St George, Eastville, Hillfields and Frome Vale –

Sharon Redfern is working in Greater Bedminster, Brislington, Knowle, Hartcliffe and Withywood –

If you live in one of these areas do make contact. If you live elsewhere in Bristol please get in touch with us to find out more. You can email us on Our shop is at 148 North Street Bedminster and you are welcome to drop in – we are generally open Monday to Thursday 9.30am- 3pm.

If you want to keep in touch with other people organising playing out sessions in Bristol, you could join the Bristol Facebook group which is a great way to share ideas and experiences about street play in the city.

Since we started, Playing Out has been featured in Bristol media including in the Bristol Post and on ITV West to raise awareness of the benefits of street play to children and communities.

Blog posts

Growing Street Play in my Community: Jo’s Story

Bristol resident Jo Chesterman tells us how her dynamism has lead her to promote Playing Out throughout her neighbourhood: “Playing Out in our road came from a street party for…

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A Restorative Approach to Road Sharing

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