Host a Small Outdoor Event

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Many of the parks are suitable for small events and activities and often small community events attract little or no licence fee, however all events still require an event licence. Small events are defined as having 0-499 participants and include but not exclusively; running and walking events, community events, picnics, corporate events, family events, barbecues, wedding/blessing and hand fasting ceremonies, charitable events, festivals, live music, showing of films, a one-off performance of dance or drama with an expected audience of a couple of hundred people.

How to apply

To apply to host an event or organised activity in one of our parks:

  1. Read the outdoor event organiser’s pack (either small or large depending on scale)
  2. Read the current event fee rate card
  3. Contact the Events Team at The Parks Trust on 01908 233600 or events@theparkstrust.com to discuss proposed event, date and location.

The team will then assess your event proposal and send you an application form to complete


  • 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

  • Willen Lake South

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    The Watersport Centre at Willen Lake, come on down and hire a boat!

    Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park. Visitors take part in watersports activities, go cycling, enjoy the playground, try the high ropes course or simply picnic along Willen’s shores. It’s a great place to entertain all ages of family and friends, whether it’s a visit to the café or restaurant, a stroll, trying a beginners’ course in sailing or hiring a pedalo or bike.

    Refreshments
    The one4six café and The Lakeside Pub operated by Fayre and Square.

  • Stanton Low Park

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    Stanton Low Park - St Peter's Church

    Stanton Low Park lies to the north of Milton Keynes and offers attractive views across the valley of the River Great Ouse. It is one of Milton Keynes’ more recently-created parks (officially opened in 2016) and lies between the Oakridge Park residential area and the Linford Lakes Nature Reserve. A children’s play area has been provided for use by local residents.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments are available from the nearby Black Horse pub next to the Grand Union Canal. There are shops selling food at the Oakridge Park Local Centre.

  • Milton Keynes Rose

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    The Milton Keynes Rose located in our central city park Campbell Park, is a public space designed for commemoration, celebration and contemplation. Developed in partnership by The Parks Trust and the Cenotaph Trust, with support from Milton Keynes Council, the Milton Keynes Rose was created as a central civic space to host events significance and occasions of remembrance.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities at this site but the cafes and restaurants located at centre:mk are just a short walk away.

  • Linford Wood

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    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.

    Refreshments
    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.

  • Howe Park Wood

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    Howe Park is probably the woodland mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086. Parts of it may be rare surviving fragments of the 'wildwood' that covered the whole of lowland Britain after the last Ice Age, 6-11,000 years ago.

    Refreshments
    There is a café at Howe Park Wood serving cakes, drinks and cold foods.

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