Watching Over You and Turb Swimming

Its a sunny morning and we start our walk with a question card asking ‘Who owns what?’ The shop we started from is owned by Walmart and the shopping centre we are about to enter is owned by a another company as we soon find out. So the path between them is for common use then? Does that mean we can play here? A little boy swings from the railings till his parents urge him to stop.

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Floating and Balancing on a Blustery Afternoon

It was a blustery Saturday afternoon but even with rain clouds looming, we struck out to explore with our second group of participants for Play Peterborough, some returning from the first walk. We walked backwards in silence- most of us as that is – as some chatted ; ) and watched it all unfold in such a different way. We all noticed other people’s responses – perplexed and bewildered but always smiling.


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talking future networks

This Thursday 2nd April 6-9pm join us at METAL Future Network! We will be launching the research phase for PLAY PETERBOROUGH NOW OR NEVER! We will be talking about the project’s aims and ambitions, the ideas behind the App and most importantly how to get involved through our planned participatory walks in Peterborough in May (find out more and book for participatory walks in May below)

All over the country our cities and landscapes are being redeveloped and they are becoming increasingly regulated. We believe that unless we reclaim them NOW in playful and fun ways we will NEVER be able to call them our own!

To book a place for this Thursday 2nd April 6-9pm at Future Network go the METAL website

To book a place for any of the participatory walks in May – go to our eventbrite page



Great News in the Post

Our project has received Arts Council Funding so we will start working on Play the City Now or Never – the mobile geo locative App – very soon – watch this space…

As a reminder – this is where it all started – playful prompts for Peterborough Town Square and that is where we’re heading – although, this time instead of caressing the past – we’re going to look to the future…


On pigs Ears, Mound Envy and Walking Backwards or refections on Play Cambridge Now or Never!

We are finally getting round to reviewing some of the photos and the comments participants generously shared with us during Play Cambridge Now or Never! event last week.

The walk was structured around a series of prompts – to play- to think or imagine possibilities or playscapes out of reach…

We started the walk at the station, which was busy on a Saturday afternoon. After playing ‘Cambridge Chopsticks’ on the shutters, we slipped through a tiny alleyway to the much quieter new development. The paths were lined with ‘pig ears’ – they really are called that and tea metal shapes embedded in the raised surfaces- there to prevent skateboarders from using them. We asked for alternative uses for the pigs ears.


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Getting ready for Play Cambridge Now or Never

We’ve been invited to run Play Cambridge Now or Never! for the Festival of Ideas’ Curating Cambridge program (which is already fully booked)

Two years ago we ran a playful walk around CB1 called Time to C and B – for Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination in collaboration Aid and Abet. The space we started Time to C and B from, as well as the hotel which we thought we would start from this time – have both been demolished…

We’ve walked around the area we think hold most potential for questioning and reflecting on where one can and cannot play in this rapidly changing city. here are some images we collected on our preparatory walk- watch this space for an update after the 15th November…


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