Come and play in Gillett Square!

On Thursday 29 October, Dalston’s Gillett Square will be changed into a colourful play space for children to take over for the day.

Children’s play designers Snug and Play and local play providers Albion Kids Show have joined together to transform the Square using a combination of equipment, objects and loose materials that children can adapt and experiment with.

It is part of a wider project by Hackney Council and Design for London to look at the future of play provision in Dalston.

Cllr Nargis Khan, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Community Services said: “Since it became Hackney’s first dedicated public space, Gillett Square has become a hub for cultural activity. This play project will explore the potential of the Square as a safe place to play, extending its appeal to more residents. It will also be a chance for people to find out more about the variety of activities on offer at Gillett Square.”

Parents, carers and their children are welcome to drop in anytime to join in the fun throughout the day from 10am to 4pm (if the weather is too bad the event will take place on Friday 30 October - visit for updates.) Play scheme groups are also welcome but are advised to book a slot. From 3pm, carers and professionals involved in child welfare will be invited to an informal review of the event at the Vortex Jazz Club café.

Gillett Square is located off Gillett St, near Dalston Kingsland train station. For more information about this free event, please contact Hackney Council’s Cultural Development Officer, Lucy McMenemy, email: or telephone: 020 8356 2912.

Notes to Editors:

Photo caption: Children trying out Snug and Play equipment.

1)Gillett Square opened in November 2006 as a flexible urban space that hosts a variety of cultural events. The Square has been developed by the Gillett Square Partnership, which currently comprises Hackney Co-operative Developments, Groundwork East London, Hackney Council and Design for London.