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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 2017) nearly 150 streets and estates have ‘played out’ and most have been granted a Temporary Play Street Order,  which lets residents open their street for play up to 3hrs a week.

If you live in Bristol and are interested in getting your street playing out, we can help. As well as the general phone and email support we offer to residents across the UK, we can lend you the cones and signs you need to close your road safely and provide a kit box to help it run smoothly.

We may also be able to put you in touch with other local ‘playing out’ organisers or ‘activators’ who can lend you some hands-on support, including coming along to your first session. If you need any help or support please email us on, phone us on 0117 9537167, or pop in and see us!

The Bristol Facebook group is a great way to share ideas and experiences with other people who are ‘playing out’ in Bristol.

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

Air Pollution and Street Play

The severe impact of traffic-related air pollution on children’s health is becoming ever clearer and more worrying. On the 4th of April, Greenpeace and the Guardian called for urgent government action…

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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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