Some events depending on size and nature will attract a licence fee, please see the events rate card or call the events team for advice. A land bond is applied to most events. This is a returnable deposit to cover the costs of any damage that may be caused as a result of the event. The bond is usually returned in full after the event but occasionally it may be necessary to retain all or part of the bond to cover repairs; a full explanation of the costs being recovered will be supplied to you if this happens.
Download our rate card below for current fees and charges.
- How long will it take to process my event application?
Depending on the size and nature of the event an application may take a few weeks to process. Whilst we can be flexible we do require at least 12 weeks’ notice to process an event licence for a large/commercial event and 4 weeks for a small event/activity.
- When do I pay my event licence and land bond?
Once your application has been accepted you will receive a licence to sign and return. Alongside the licence to sign will be your invoice stating the amount to pay and details on how to pay it is at this point you are required to pay unless we give other instruction.
- When will I receive the return of my land bond?
Once your event has finished how you leave the parkland will be assessed by a member of the team. If the parkland has been left in a good condition with no damage to the land and no litter left behind we will arrange for our finance team to return your deposit. The bond is usually returned in full after the event but, occasionally, it may be necessary to retain all or part of the bond to cover repairs. If this happens a full explanation of the costs which are being recovered will be supplied to you. Please note this process can take a couple of weeks.
- Can I have live music at my event?
At most events live music is fine provided you do not use a PA system before 9.30am and keep sound levels at a reasonable level, i.e. not over 75dBA, due to the close proximity many of the parks have to residential areas. You must disclose on your event application if you will have live entertainment. For public events for fewer than 499 people you may need an entertainment licence (Temporary Event Notice) from Milton Keynes Council in addition to the permission we give to use the parkland. For events for over 500 people you will need to apply for a Premises Licence from Milton Keynes Council, this process takes a minimum of six weeks. Please see information on MK Council website on how to apply.
- Can I sell alcohol at my event?
If you wish to sell alcohol at your event you will need a Temporary Event Notice/Premises Licence from Milton Keynes Council in addition to the permission we give to use the parkland. Please see information above on how to apply for this. You must disclose on your event application if you will be selling alcohol at your event.
- My licence gives me non-exclusive permission to use the park for my event, what does that mean?
Our parks are public open parks and your licence gives permission to use the park for your activity but not exclusively. A licence issued by The Parks Trust is a non-exclusive licence so other people are entitled to use the space at the same time as you, whether they are walkers, cyclists, dog walkers etc. We are not able to guarantee that other activities will not take place at the same time as parks in Milton Keynes are public parks, however where possible, we do try and ensure that large events do not happen in the same place at the same time.
- The Parks Trust hosted over 450 events and activities in their parks in 2018
- Fitness Groups & Clubs make up 72% of events & activities held in our parks
Discover our parks
- Caldecotte Lake
Planning an outdoor adventure in Milton Keynes? Explore the beautiful location of Caldecotte Lake. Whether its watersports, birdwatching or children’s activities, you’re sure to have a great family day out, with lots of space for little ones to run around, plus some tranquil corners to relax as well.
The Caldecotte Pub & Grill is open for meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks.
- Campbell Park
Located at the heart of Milton Keynes, Campbell Park hosts many of Milton Keynes’ major festivals and events. Its imaginative mix of formal gardens, water features, woodland and open pasture mean it’s an ideal spot to enjoy the changing seasons.
There are no refreshment facilities in Campbell Park other than during special events. However, there are a wealth of cafes, bars and restaurants in the nearby city centre, theatre district and Xscape centre.
- Great Linford Manor Park
Great Linford Manor Park is a special, heritage-rich park set within the old village of Great Linford. It contains features that were first laid out centuries ago, including ponds and a Wilderness Garden which represent the English Landscape style of garden design that became popular for country estates during the 18th Century.
Refreshments and food can be found nearby at The Black Horse and the Nag’s Head which are open for lunch and supper. Milton Keynes Arts Centre has a small café where drinks can be purchased.
- Linford Wood
Enclosed in the year 1264 by Baron Von Pippard, the original owner of the Linford Manor estate, Linford Wood is the largest and oldest of the Trust's three ancient woodlands. Despite its location close to the city centre, Linford Wood provides a tranquil haven for wildlife and people. Find out more about how we manage Linford Wood by clicking here.
There are no facilities within the wood but hot and cold drinks and other refreshments are available from the BP garage on the west side of the wood.