Holding events in the Royal Parks

Major events in the Royal Parks

Our eight Royal Parks are among the most visited attractions in the UK and we have a long tradition of hosting events, including those of an historic or national significance. Events provide a vital source of income to The Royal Parks; without our event income we could not continue to maintain the parks to high standards against a backdrop of declining government funding.

As custodians of these unique spaces, we seek to balance the enjoyment and inclusion that events in open spaces can bring to the communities and visitors we serve locally, nationally and internationally, with the provision of spaces for quiet enjoyment and relaxation.

Hosting Major Events in the Royal Parks (PDF 1075.88 KB) outlines why we host events, the guiding principles by which we prioritise events, and our approach to hosting events.

The Major Events calendar for 2016 is full, we are therefore not taking any more applications for this year.

If you wish to apply for an event in 2017, please fill out the events application form.  We will review all applications in the Autumn.

Small events in the Royal Parks

There are a limited number of spaces available to hold small events in the Royal Parks each year.  Small events are typically:

  • sponsored runs, walks, etc, for a few hundred people
  • a picnic
  • a community sports competition
  • a guided walk
  • a concert on a bandstand
  • one-off small performing arts events such as outdoor opera, a recital or theatre production, with an expected audience of a few hundred people.

Commercial activity is tightly controlled, but we're keen to work in partnership to develop activities and events that encourage new groups and communities into the parks.

The types of events we will not normally consider include:

  • private parties/functions
  • markets and events solely for the purpose of selling goods/services
  • stand alone promotional activities or experiential events.

Please refer to the Small Events in the Royal Parks Guide then contact the respective Parks Office to discuss.

Contact details

For small event enquires, contact the respective Park Office.

For major event enquiries please email events@royalparks.gsi.gov.uk

Related documents

Small Events in The Royal Parks pdf file [156kb]

Events Rate Card (PDF 528.08 KB)

Event Application Form doc file [322kb]

Policy on Assemblies, Demonstrations, Rallies & Marches (PDF 41.32kB)