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This year the Royal Parks will host some of the most prestigious musical, cultural and sporting events in the world including BBC Proms in the Park, Frieze Art Fair London and the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park (BST HP) returns with a stellar line-up of headliners including: Massive Attack, Florence & The Machine, Mumford & Sons and Take That over back-to-back weekends. Since it began in 2013, the Great Oak Stage has played host to The Rolling Stones, Lionel Richie, Taylor Swift and Neil Young amongst many other huge stars – further acts are still to be announced for the 2016 event.

Also making a return is popular foodie festival Taste of London and one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs Frieze London and Frieze Masters, both in Regent’s Park this June and October respectively.

The Mall in St James’s Park will once again provide the backdrop as the finish line for the Virgin Money London Marathon in April and the Prudential Ride London cycling festival in August. And in June it will be the focal point as the nation celebrates the Queen’s 90th Birthday with the Patron’s Lunch.

Two new events for 2016 - The Vogue Festival in Kensington Gardens, a chance to see and hear from leading international designers, photographers, models, and writers in the industry. And in September, Hyde Park, will host Swim Serpentine, giving swimmers of all abilities the chance to experience open water swimming.

Following an extremely successful 2015/16 season, Europe’s No.1 Christmas destination Hyde Park Winter Wonderland makes its return in November. Enjoyed by millions, the six-week event will once again provide fun and festivities for all the family.

The eight Royal Parks have a long and historic tradition of hosting events. The unique and picturesque open spaces have provided the backdrop to iconic and memorable moments throughout history including Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday concert, the Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen, Live8, Pavarotti in the Park and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Alun Mainwaring, Head of Events at The Royal Parks said: “We are proud of our heritage in hosting and managing prestigious events, and 2016 is no exception.

“The events we host are some of the most popular in the country, bringing millions of people to London each year. By attending and enjoying the events in the Royal Parks, visitors are contributing vital funds which go back into conserving and enhancing these wonderland spaces for future generations.”

As well as major events, the Royal Parks hosts a range of ceremonial and smaller events each year. These include the Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard at Horse Guards Parade Ground and Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, The Queen’s Birthday Parade each June, together with the ceremony of Beating Retreat.

Alun added: “We know the parks are used in a variety of ways it is essential to maintain a balance, whether it’s the summer concerts in Hyde Park or a 5k run in Richmond Park our aim is to offer a diverse range of events which provide cultural, social and sporting activities in the open space for public enjoyment and promote a wider appreciation of the parks to visitors.”

Major Events Schedule 2016

*Dates are subject to change




Virgin Money
London Marathon

St James's Park, Green Park
and Greenwich Park

Sunday, April 24

Bupa 10K and
Westminster Miles

St James's park
& Green Park

Westminster Mile – Sunday, May 29
Bupa 10K – Monday, May 30

Vogue Festival

Kensington Gardens

Saturday, May 21 to Sunday, May 22

Art Antiques London

Kensington Gardens

Wednesday, June 22 to Wednesday, June 29

Taste of London

The Regents Park

Wednesday, June 15 to Sunday, June 19

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

Hyde Park

Thursday, June 30 to Sunday, July 10

Patrons Lunch

St James's Park

Sunday, June 12

Prudential Ride London

St James's Park, Green Park
& Richmond Park

St James's – Saturday, July 30
Richmond – Sunday, July 31

Race For Life

Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens

Sunday, July 31

BBC Proms and Radio 2 Live

Hyde Park

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September

London Duathlon

Richmond Park

Sunday, September 18

Swim Serpentine

Hyde Park

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September

Palace to Palace

St James's Park & Richmond Park

Sunday, October 2

Frieze Art Fair London

The Regents Park

Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 October

Frieze Masters London

The Regents Park

Tuesday 4 to Sunday 9 October

Royal Parks Half Marathon

Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens
St James's Park TBC

Sunday, October 9

Hyde Park
Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park

November to January (dates TBC)



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