Playing Out is a nation-wide concept where residents choose to apply to close their road to through traffic to allow the children to come out onto the street and cycle, scoot and play together in the road.

It is a fabulous way to build communities, offering neighbours a chance to build support networks. It’s particularly great for giving children the opportunity to get fresh air and exercise, as well as learn to play in an unstructured manner with other children of all ages.

Playing Out is currently only available to Hertfordshire residents who live in St Albans District, that is St Albans, Harpenden, Wheathampstead, Redbourn, London Colney or Sandridge. If you live there, you may apply to close your road for Playing Out up to 8 times a year for 3 hours each time during daylight hours. You must consult your neighbours before you apply.

For more information about the scheme, free information sessions and application deadlines, please visit the project’s website:

Working or living in another District?

If you are keen to work with your local district council within Hertfordshire to set up a Playing Out scheme where you live, Playing Out St Albans District would be happy to chat with you and tell you how they got started. Contact them by email at



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