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News from Playing Out St Albans

Events and dates from Playing Out St Albans District

2022 has been an amazing year for us, taking us to 35 streets in the district that we have now supported to apply and kitted out.

On this page you will find all the most recent information.

To see an overview of the Playing Out St Albans District project visit our main Playing Out St Albans District page. For our how-to guide to starting your own Playing Out scheme in St Albans District, please visit our Steps to Playing Out page.

Please read these pages for inspiration, talk to your neighbours and sign up to our mailing list for updates.

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Events from Playing Out St Albans District

Book onto one of our free online information sessions to find out all you need to know about starting a Playing Out scheme in your road.

Our next dates will be in February, April and June 2023. Why not sign up to our mailing list to be the first get the dates.

Smiling faces – from Playing Out St Albans District

Application Deadlines

There are four application rounds per year. Each round has an application deadline.

There are no more Playing Out application rounds now for 2022. 2023 will have 4 application rounds: Jan, March, May, July for start dates approximately 8 weeks later.

All the information you need to apply is on our Steps to Playing Out page. We recommend you contact us for a bit of guidance if you plan to “self-serve” of this information before applying rather than attending an information session.

The link to apply will be on our Steps to Playing Out page and will be re-active in the late Autumn.

Sign up to our mailing list to be alerted about future application deadlines. 

Remember you must consult the other residents (and businesses) on your street – before you can apply so please give yourself plenty of time to do that before an application deadline.  

Choosing your Playing Out dates

In St Albans District, you may close your road for Playing Out up to 8 times a year for up to 3 hours each time in daylight hours.  

You do not have to apply for a year’s worth of dates at once but, to save your time and ours, we do recommend you apply for multiple dates.

Don’t forget to check festivals (eg Easter), celebrations (Mothers’/Fathers’ Day), bank holidays, local school holidays and local community events (esp school fairs and town carnivals) when choosing your dates. You want the maximum number of people to be able to attend.


  • 8 times a year maximum
  • 3 hours at a time maximum
  • Daylight hours only
  • Apply for dates at least 2 months after application deadline
  • Apply for multiple dates wherever possible
  • Check your proposed dates against other celebrations and events

Interesting dates include

National Play Day: usually the first Wednesday in August
World Car Free Day 22nd September – we usually encourage applications for playing out on the nearest weekend. In 2022 we are encouraging playing out sessions on the weekend of 24th and 25th September.
Silver Sunday (Celebrating Older People): usually first Sunday in October

Remember, you can also apply for a street party through Herts County Council on top of your 8 closures per year for Playing Out. So in total you can close your road 9 times. We recommend you continue to use the Herts County Council system for street party applications. See local group Our Street Party and Herts County Council website for more information.


Return to the main Playing Out page
Click here for the Steps to Playing Out page – everything you need to know to start your St Albans District street Playing Out.
Find out about Festive Streets.