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Play streets in four simple steps

If you want to change things, your own street or estate is a good place to start. Regular play streets give children the chance to play freely and bring communities together. Here’s what Bristol residents have to say about it:

Four Simple Steps – short films

Below are the ‘four simple steps’ you can follow to make this happen where you live. Click on the bars to go to a 3 minute video for each step.

Download the Playing Out Manual for the whole process in detail, and/ or watch our July 2020 online resident workshop “How to Run a Play Street”.

Useful Stuff – download all the templates you need e.g. posters, leaflets, risk assessment

Please contact us with any questions and/or join the national Playing Out network for support. Good luck and let us know how you get on!!

Step one: talk to your neighbours
Step two: get permission and support
step three: tell everyone
step four: play out

How to steward a school street or play street – watch our 18min film made with Sustrans, for more in-depth guidance:


If you don’t feel able or ready to take on such a big task, there are plenty of other ways you can support children’s freedom to play out.