Events and dates from Playing Out St Albans District
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.
We are now accepting 2021 applications for Playing Out from streets in St Albans District that have previously applied. Although sessions are still not possible, we are aiming to be in a position where we can get everyone playing out as quickly as possible once restrictions are lifted.
We intend to accept applications from new streets in April 2021. If you would like to start holding Playing Out sessions on your street, do come along to one of our free Playing Out Information sessions – click here to book. Please read these pages for inspiration, talk to your neighbours and sign up to our mailing list for updates.
Events from Playing Out St Albans District
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We are now accepting 2021 applications for Playing Out from streets in St Albans District that have previously applied to our scheme. The deadline for that is 8th March.
We intend to accept applications from new streets in April 2021.
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Remember you must consult the other residents on your street – including holding a street meeting – before you can apply so please give yourself plenty of time to do that before the application deadline. The deadlines will be reviewed to take into account government guidance on COVID-19 – in particular when street meetings can take place.
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. It takes approximately 8 weeks to turn around the applications so earliest playing out dates should always be two months after the application deadline.
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 – for 2021 we will be encouraging applications for playing out on 18-19th September weekend.
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.
Click here for the Playing Out St Albans District How-To page – everything you need to know to start your St Albans District street Playing Out.