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.
Events from Playing Out St Albans District
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. The next dates are 10.30am on Monday 19th April or 8pm on Wednesday 21st April.
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We are now accepting 2021 applications for Playing Out from streets in St Albans District.
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. Please note that Playing Out applications will only be granted if restrictions allow.
If you want to apply, please follow the Steps to Playing Out – the link to the application system is on that page at Step F.
The next deadlines for applications are as follows:
- Apply by Monday 26th April for Playing Out dates of 21st June onwards
- Apply by Monday 17th May for Playing Out dates of 10th July onwards
- Apply by Monday 12th July for Playing Out dates of 4th September onwards
- We anticipate that renewals only will be possible in January 2022 for Playing Out dates of March 2022 onwards
- New streets will be able to apply in March 2022 for Playing Out dates of May 2022 onwards.
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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 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 Steps to Playing Out page – everything you need to know to start your St Albans District street Playing Out.