Knowledge base

Frequently Asked Questions: Putting on Events.

Many activities in parks and woodlands that only involve a few people do not need to be booked and authorised, although, we would advise checking the What’s on calendar beforehand to avoid clashing with another event.

When do I need permission to hold an event in a park etc?

  • any event or activity where there is a fee, charge or collection;
  • where goods are sold or traded;
  • fun fairs and shows;
  • fitness and sporting activities;
  • music festivals;
  • weddings or large private gatherings;
  • where more than 20 people are expected;

What events can I hold without permission?

Most activities carried out by individuals, families and community associations require no permission.  For example,

  • family picnic;
  • health walk, informal games;
  • school trip;

Are there any booking fees or charges?

Do I need insurance?

Who is responsible for Health and Safety?

Are there any rules covering Parks etc?


Bylaws: anyone found to be in breach by Magistrates Court may be fined.

Control Orders: anyone observed dropping litter not picking up after their dog etc may be given a fixed penalty notice.

Regulations governing trading, sale of food and alcohol apply.

Countryside Code:

Respect other People
  • Respect the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors,
  • Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available,
Protect the natural environment
  • Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home,
  • Keep dogs under effective control at all times,
Enjoy the outdoors
  • Plan ahead and be prepared,
  • Follow advice and local signs.