Spring 2012: London Play and Haringey Play Association launched the first ‘Mudpies etc.’ pop up play shop on Tottenham High Road on Monday 20 August, offering local children and families a welcoming space to drop in, relax, play and let their imaginations loose in a creative environment. The sessions are free and offer all types of play with a special emphasis on the use of recycled and natural play materials.

The inaugural Mudpies etc. will trial the concept of occupying vacant premises with temporary play facilities in urban centres where opportunities for children to play are relatively limited. In Tottenham, the pop up shop is the result of a partnership between London Play and Haringey Play Association. Regular play sessions at the shop will be overseen by playworker Elena Carballal and local volunteers, and although initially they will cater mainly for preschool children, there are plans for expansion to include older kids in future.

London Play is interested in replicating the model in partnership with other groups across London where suitable premises can be identified and similar challenges are present. If you are interested, please get in touch with call 0203 384 8510.

Mudpies etc is part of London Play’s Taking Nature to the Street project, working to increase volunteering in support of natural play. Part of Play England’s Free Time Consortium, it is funded through the Social Action Fund.

The Mudpies etc. project is supported by the Mayor’s London Sustainable Development Commission and Team London.

Access to nature
London Play's Access to Nature projects are well underway in four sites across London. Part funded by Natural England under its Access to Nature scheme, which is part of the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces programme, the project aims to encourage children and families into the natural environment and to rediscover the joy of being
Access to nature
September 2012: Play features provided by London Play as part of its Access to Nature project were given a thorough testing during the public event launching the £5m transformation of Haringey's Lordship Recreation Ground. Around 8,000 residents attended a community festival held on Saturday 22 September to mark the park's rebirth - and the refurbished