Another full day of playing the city – a small but wonderful group of adult learners in the morning and ‘sense’ Peterborough group in the afternoon.
Today we walked with two schools – in the morning the primary school kept us busy and in the afternoon the sixth form students entertained us. We learnt a lot more about playing peterborough from these experts in their field.
Our last ‘Open Walk’ (a few more invited groups due soon) before the App testing begins took place under sparkling sun.
We balanced on something or someone in the passageway by the tourist office, and walked backwards in silence in front of the Cathedral with the wind in our backs… and with an audience of astonished onlookers…
We are getting ready for the final public walk before App testing begins. (we walk with pre booked groups- get in touch if you want to know more) Join us on 6th June 2-4pm to have an input in the App content! We will leave from Metal as usual and come back there for chat, tea and cake…
We will explore a new part of the city centre while playing games and talking about the places – like in other walks – though so far – each walk is unique!
Please share this far and wide – we don’t want anyone to miss out!
And if you haven’t been before and want to see what walks are like- just scroll down for the pictures and click to read more…
We’ve been interviewed by Sam Edwards for BBC radio. You can hear us speak about the project one rainy day last week (we’re 21 minutes in)- here.
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.
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.
Our trial participatory walk went amazingly well- not only did we have great weather and lovely participants – but we learnt a lot from it.
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