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

You can find out what’s happening where you live and see whether there are other residents 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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If you live in Northamptonshire you can apply to closure your street regularly for up to three hours at a time.  Play streets in the county have been championed by Triology Leisure (formerly Northampton Leisure Trust) and you can apply to the council for free using this form

As well as resident-led street play, Trilogy have been holding street play sessions in Spring Boroughs.  The scheme started in 2013 and was expanded for 2014.  You can read an evaluation of the pilot written by Northampton University Researchers here or if you live in the Spring Boroughs area Trilogy invite you to “Come and join the fun at Spring Boroughs very own play street on Crispin Street, between *Spring Lane Primary and the New Life buildings. We are playing out after school between 3:30pm and 4:30pm every Tuesday! Its free – so come along and play out!!!”

Blog posts

Playing Out and Growing Up: The Benefits of Freedom

If you’re the parent of a young child, I’ve got things to tell you now I’m out the other side. Yesterday my son Joe was playing out and today, he’s…

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Why can’t children just go to the park?

“Why can’t children just go to the park instead of playing in the street?” is a question that pops up everywhere from street meetings, to online comment threads and council…

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