Events in parks
We manage all events and use of space at 70 parks and other outdoor locations. Feel free to download our outdoor venues brochure
Apply to hold an event in a park
Please include in your application:
- the date and time you’d like the event to take place
- the event name and description
- what you’d like to bring onto the site – such as stage, PA system, stalls, vehicles, fairground rides or marquee
- the name of the park you’d like to use
- the number of people expected to take part or attend
- who is organising the event and give details for a contact person
- brief details of your event experience if you’ve organised an outdoor event before
To apply for an event, please complete our online application form Apply to hold your event
If you would like to find out more on event processes and event guidance download this - Event Guidance Camden PDF
What happens next
If your event is suitable for the park, we’ll consult local councillors and stakeholders on your behalf. If approved, we’ll ask for your health and safety paperwork.
This may include:
- Event management plan
- Site plan
- Insurance details
- Licence details
Once all paperwork has been received we’ll issue a parks permission contract to you.
Holding events, festivals and commercial activations
You need permission for events in our parks and open spaces and the Camden public realm.
If you are looking to run a leafleting campaign or any kind of brand activation this will require a permit from the events team.
Most events are also subject to hire fees. Costs depend on the infrastructure needed.
Allow yourself enough time to plan properly. You may need a minimum of 3 months for a small event and at least 6 months for large events and festivals.
For more information and to apply using the online application system, please go to the Events page
Find out more about community festivals here.
- 020 7974 5633
Please note we don’t manage:
- Hampstead Heath – visit City of London or call 020 7332 3322
- Primrose Hill or Regents Park - visit Royal Parks or call 0300 061 2000
Holding an event in a green space for improving the health of the community
If you have an idea to improve the health of the community and want to host free activities in one of our green spaces, we welcome applications from individuals or community organisations who want to make a difference. Please see here for more information. We do need you to apply online via our events team Online application form but don’t let that put you off; the Green Space and Events team are always available to discuss your idea. Do email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help get you started.
Marquees and generators
All marquees must be supplied and erected by a professional company. Some sites are subject to laws which prevent the use of marquees and temporary structures. For more details on this contact email@example.com.
You can use generators in our parks and open spaces as part of an organised event. All generators must be supplied and operated by a professional company. They must be diesel rather than petrol powered. We encourage the use of solar generators and environmental technologies.
Filming and professional photography
You can find information about filming in Camden here.
If you are holding an event in open space that has any of the following you will be required to obtain the correct licenses by law.
The supply of Alcohol and or Regulated entertainment (such as live music or film) at an event with no more than 499 people will require a TEN (Temporary event notice).
The supply of Alcohol, and/or Regulated entertainment (such as live music or film) at an event with more than 499 people will require at Premises license.
These licenses must be obtained from Camden's Licensing team and charges will apply.
If you would like to know more, please read this guide to the Licensing Act 2003 for advice, or speak to one of the events team who can help with the process.
Download the Licensing Act 2003
If you are holding a commercial ticketed event that involves live music, and/or background music, you are required to obtain a PRS license from the Performing rights society.
If you are having traders at your event or running a brand activation such as leafleting in the streets, or trading in any way, you will require a Traders license, which is granted by the events team.
Contact the events team: firstname.lastname@example.org.