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.

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 this year to find out all you need to know about starting a Playing Out scheme in your road.

Our next dates will be in 2023. Why not sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear about the dates in February 2023.

Smiling faces – from Playing Out St Albans District

Application Deadlines

There are four application rounds per year. Each round has an application deadline. The first possible playing out sessions are approximately 8 weeks after the deadline.

All the information you need to apply is in these pages. 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.

2022 Application Rounds

The remaining application rounds of 2022 are below.

  • Round 2 2022: Deadlines for applications of 21 March 2022 for Playing Out dates of 14 May 2022 onwards.
  • Round 3 2022: Deadlines for applications of 16 May 2022 for Playing Out dates of 9 July 2022 onwards.
  • Round 4 2022: Deadlines for applications of 11 July 2022 for Playing Out dates of 3 September 2022 onwards.

The link to apply is on our Steps to Playing Out page – the link to the application system is on that page at Step F.

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.


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Click here for the Steps to Playing Out page – everything you need to know to start your St Albans District street Playing Out.


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