Picnics in the Park
You are welcome to picnic in the Park. The Park is used by many people for different reasons and picnicking is a popular activity especially during the busy summer months.
Visitors to the park are permitted to picnic, as long as they follow Government guidance. The Park Regulations and the Government’s social distancing legislation are enforced by the Metropolitan Police Service.
Guidelines for picnicking in the Royal Parks
The Park is also home to a rich variety of wildlife. We therefore ask you to follow these simple guidelines when picnicking in the Park.
To ensure everyone enjoys the park, we ask that you refrain from the following:
- Collecting or soliciting money - if you are holding a charity picnic, any collections must take place outside of the Park boundary, you may need to check this with your local authority.
- Corporate advertising and distribution of leaflets - if you are holding an informal staff picnic you will not be permitted to display any corporate banners or distribute promotional material.
- Cooking or barbecuing in the Park - as well as being a fire hazard, abandoned barbecues can be a hazard to other visitors and to wildlife. Catering outlets in the Park sell a selection of hot and cold food.
- Using glassware - we ask that you use plastic cups and bottles where possible. Broken glass is a hazard to other visitors and wildlife and very difficult to remove from parkland.
- Playing ball games - ball games are only permitted in certain areas of the Park. If you want to play ball games, please contact the Park office to find out where you should play.
- Playing music audible to other visitors.
- Fixing anything to trees or driving anything into the ground.
- Erecting tents, marquees or other structures.
- Releasing balloons in the Park - please remember to be careful when bringing balloons into the Park, as when released they get caught up in the trees and are hard to remove. They can also be a hazard to the wildlife in the Park. Mass balloon releases are not permitted in the Park for these reasons.
There is no objection to alcoholic drinks, but they must be available free of charge (i.e. not for sale), and for consumption by your guests only. And of course, alcohol must only be made available to persons over the age of 18.
Remember, before you leave the Park, to collect all of your litter together to take with you. Please do not leave any items unattended at any time, both to protect your items from theft and also to prevent them causing a possible security alert.
Above all, please be considerate, so other people can enjoy the Park too.
A number of The Royal Parks Regulations are displayed on selected Park notice boards. View the complete set of park regulations.