Save Skrammellegepladsen i Emdrup

Skrammellegeplasden in Emdrup has been described as the birthplace of ‘modern’ playwork. The junk playground has served as a beacon and inspiration for playworkers all over the world but is now under threat from similar financial constraints that have closed several much-loved adventure playgrounds in this country like Stonebridge and Battersea. Changes by the local … Continue reading

Conversations with Neighbours

CONVERSATIONS WITH NEIGHBOURS Originally posted by Naomi on the Playing Out website I have lived in my street for nine years – a terraced Bristol street of 30 houses – and now know nearly everyone who lives there. There are some people I just say hello to but lots I stop and have a chat with, and … Continue reading

Market Forces

In a famous speech on the campaign trail for the US Presidential nomination in 1968 Bobby Kennedy said, ‘too much and for too long, we seem to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things…yet the gross domestic product [the official measure of such things] does not allow for … Continue reading

Out of sight, out of mind

Recent surveys have shown children’s independent mobility has declined and that opportunities to play are much more restricted than they were in previous generations. But this doesn’t tell the whole story. For most children there is a higher level of adult surveillance than we would have been used to when we were younger but many … Continue reading

A night with the stars

A guest post by Sue Palmer. It’s not often I get invited to introduce a film premiere – in fact, it’s never happened to me before, so I felt very honoured.  Granted this premiere was to take place in a field in late October, but it did sound like the perfect venue for Project Wild … Continue reading

Shire kids go Scything

What an amazing weekend the kids and staff from Shiremoor Adventure Playground have had in the Yorkshire Dales. They completed their John Muir Discovery Award in the most extraordinary way and discovered a really wild spot at Muck Hole near Robin Hoods Bay. On a 17 acre site, in the middle of nowhere, live two … Continue reading

Volunteering Play Power!

This summer Play Gloucestershire (a local children’s charity specialising in outdoor play) have brought the national Love Outdoor Play campaign to all corners of Gloucestershire. As part of the ‘Get Involved in Play’ programme and a member of the Free Time Consortium, our summer campaign has focused on delivering the campaign message through volunteering and … Continue reading

Greater expectations are needed for outdoor play

At the end of August, the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) launched Greater Expectations – a new report   showing that children, especially those growing up in poverty, are getting a worse deal now than just two generations ago. There are 1 million more children growing up in poverty than there were in 1971. And those who are … Continue reading

Playing Out in Birmingham on National Playday

A guest post by Richard Browne. Birmingham held its first Playing Out sessions on Wednesday 7 August to coincide with this year’s National Playday theme of Playful places. Three roads in the Kings Heath area of the city were temporarily closed to traffic from noon to 4 pm to allow local children to play out … Continue reading

Playing out: My perspective from child to teen

A guest post by Joshua Heinrich. As a child I loved playing outside, I loved exploring, learning and getting dirty, this has continued throughout my adult life due to my passion for geography, which is very much a field based discipline. I loved all forms of outdoor games, from building dens to playing hide and … Continue reading