Play Street Carousel


The Play Street Carousel is a unique project that uses the power of play to strengthen bonds between neighbours, even as the pandemic keeps us all apart.

A suitcase full of art materials and audio-visual equipment will be passed between households on a street, on the ‘Play Street Carousel’. Covid-safe protocols will be in place.

Each household will use the materials to document a street game of their choosing. We hope to see games collected from across generations, cultures and household types. The submissions will be collected by London Play and collated into a ‘recipe book of street play’ and a film of the project will also be made. These will provide a wonderful legacy of a strange time in history; and the book of games will become a valuable idea trove for future play streets.

When the day arrives that we are able to gather and play on the street again, we hope to run events on each of the participating eight streets to celebrate. Residents will have the chance to play their games together and watch the film featuring their contributions.

With two participating streets in each of four boroughs: Croydon, Haringey, Kingston and Redbridge; we hope that the eight Play Street Carousel street parties will go down in history. We are already looking forward to it!

The project will run from January – July 2021; after which time we hope to resume our usual Playful Communities project with an explosion of play on the street following months of limited lives.

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Current work
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London Play Press Releases
London Play is calling on local authorities to restart play streets from July 4th.


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