Come out to play at Northern Roots

We’ve teamed up with Dare to Know Theatre for Playing Out at Northern Roots – a FREE family-friendly event celebrating games and the joy of ‘playing out’.


“Playing out is an activity that is part of human nature, it crosses all cultures and promotes health, happiness and a sense of belonging. Having the freedom to play out gives children and young people a connection to their local community and environment, to the wonder of the natural world. It teaches independence and resilience, and you forge friendships and create adventures along the way.” Miranda Parker and Jake Talbot, Dare to Know Theatre


Playing Out is the brainchild of Jake and Miranda of Dare to Know Theatre. The project consists of six short podcasts created from interviews Jake and Miranda have conducted with different communities across Oldham, including the Chai Ladies and the Roma Community Group.

The podcasts will form an anthology of stories about the games we play, what playing out and being outside means to us, and how playing out changes between generations and cultures. You’ll be able to listen to them here in the next few weeks.

Then, on Saturday 16th July, Dare to Know will be heading to Northern Roots’ to host ‘Playing Out’, where EVERYONE is invited to play some of the games discussed and discovered in the podcasts.


Playing Out extra

Dare to Know Theatre will be joined by the fabulous Louise the Poet, Two Hoots Forest School, Oldham Play Action Group, Jacaranda Farm and Kaddy’s Icecream Van. So whether you want to play games, do nature-inspired craft, meet an alpaca, be inspired to write your own poem, or just explore and discover the stunning 160-acre Northern Roots site, we hope you’ll bring a picnic and come out to play.

Playing Out has been devised for children under 12 and their families, but everyone is welcome. Our full programme and timings will be available nearer the time.



The Northern Roots site is located ten minutes from Oldham town centre, in Greater Manchester. The 160-acre site stretches from Alexandra Park in the north, past Park Bridge Heritage Centre, to Bankfield Clough in the south. It is bordered by Glodwick, Fitton Hill, Hathershaw and Alt.



Discover Northern Roots, 160-acres of stunning greenspace, ten minutes from Oldham town centre.
Dare to Know interviewing the Chai Ladies for the Playing Out podcast series.
Playing out at Northern Roots, 160-acres of urban greenspace, ten minutes from Oldham town centre.