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If you want to start ‘playing out’ sessions on your street, these materials are here to help parents and residents – so please feel free to use them.

If you are from a local authority or any other organisation, please read our copyright policy and ask us if you want to use or adapt anything from the website. We are happy to collaborate. Playing Out must always be sign-posted.

Playing Out manual

04/03/19 - .624mb

A step-by step guide to getting playing out going where you live.

Editable playing out poster

04/03/19 - 0.676mb

Poster to advertise playing out sessions times. Add you own times and dates or other details.

Template risk assessment

04/03/19 - 1mb

A risk assessment is recommended before closing your street. This table is a starting point to help you think about the potential pitfalls.

Steward sign up sheet

04/03/19 - 2mb

To help ensure you have enough stewards for each session.

Meeting invitation

04/03/19 - 0.65mb

An editable invite to ask your neighbours to meet to chat about playing out

Confirmation flyer

04/03/19 - .692mb

A reminder of dates and times for your neighbours once you are set and ready to play out

Bristol Consultation Letter

04/03/19 - 0.104mb

The template letter that residents in Bristol must use when applying for a TPSO - editable and two per page to save on printing

Consultation letter

04/03/19 - 0.68mb

A letter template for writing to your neighbours about proposed playing out sessions if you council doesn't provide a standard one. If you are in Bristol don't use this letter, use the Bristol one.

Friendly cover letter

04/03/19 - 0.133mb

A more informal note that you can use alongside a more formal consultation letter when applying for a street closure.

Car notice template

04/03/19 - 0.11mb

A simple notice letting drivers know that playing out will be happening - for streets that would like to ask drivers to move their cars for the street closure.

Stewards' briefing

04/03/19 - 0.4mb

A handy sized print out of the key information for anyone stewarding at a playing out session

A4 steward briefing

04/03/19 - 0.8mb

An A4 version of the steward briefing - useful for explaining the role of a steward before a playing out session

Playing out leaflet

04/03/19 - 0.185mb

A leaflet detailing what playing out sessions are.

Playing Out leaflet translations

Leaflets which explain the idea of playing out sessions in Arabic and Polish.  If there are other languages you would find useful, or you could translate into another language, please get in touch with us via

Reminder letter

27/02/19 - 0.24mb

A letter to remind residents about responsibilities once playing out sessions have been happening for a while.

Playing Out logo and information

27/02/19 - 0.82mb

A Playing Out colour logo for residents to use with guidance about how to use it

The Little Book of Playing Out

04/03/19 - 0.06mb

A booklet of fun ideas, recipes and games to help your playing out sessions run smoothly. Written by Bristol Playing Out activators Jo Chesterman and Kate Staniforth.

Bristol City Council Application form for a Temporary play street order

Use this link from the Bristol Council website to apply for regular street closures in Bristol.  For applications for other local authorities visit our local authority directory.

Activator Guide

The Activator guide is a practical guide on how to get street play happening in your area, either as an individual or a group, based on the experiences of people who have done it. Most local activators have started with ‘playing out’ sessions on their own street and then gone on to spread the idea more widely.

If you would like a copy, please email

Local Authority Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help councils to implement policy, promotion and support that will empower and support residents to organise street play, helping to grow this movement for change. We have spent many years working closely with councils promoting and supporting street play across the UK and know what works, so we are very happy to share this with you.

Local Authorities outside Bristol can purchase this guide for £40. Please email for further info.