Event booking

Last Updated: 5 October 2021

How events on our land are affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19), how to apply to hold an event and conditions of hire.

Events on SLDC land during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Following step 4 on 19 July, we are following the Government’s Coronavirus COVID-19: Safer public places, managing outdoor setting guidance.

Whilst we will engage with event organisers to facilitate events on our land based on the dates given in the road map, we will be ensuring that provision is in place to remove permission at short notice should the dates change.

Weekly regular markets operating under a Market Charter in our towns and villages will not be included or covered under this decision.

This decision does not include land owned by us that is leased under contract to a third party.

The type of events include, but are not limited to: Burials, bonfires and firework displays, charity walks, concerts, cycle races and rides, fayres, festivals music or otherwise, fetes, fun fairs, motor sports, outdoor areas, runs and fun runs, seasonal markets, shows, sporting events and street parties.

Apply to hold an event

Before you apply to hold an event on our land you will need to:

  • Give us notice of your event
  • Know what the fee will be for processing your application

Event notice

You need to give us early notice of an event, so we can give you proper advice:

  • Community events (Estimated attendance under 50 people). Three months' notice
  • Small events (Estimated attendance under 500 people). Six months' notice
  • Medium events (Estimated attendance over 500 though less than 1000 like fun runs, open water swims, road races, galas, fun days, parades). 9 months' notice
  • Large events (Estimated attendance over 1000 people like open-air concert, music festivals, agricultural shows, traditional sports, firework displays and bonfires). Minimum of 12 months' notice

Event fees

We charge a fee for processing applications to hold events on our land.

Fees for processing event applications
Number of people attending the event  Net VAT Gross
Up to 499 £50 £10 £60
500 to 4,999 £100 £20 £120
5,000 to 14,999 £300 £60 £360
More than 15,000 £400 £80 £480

This fee is for the processing of the application only. It does not include any additional fees for licensable activity or any additional service that we migh provide like street cleaning or rubbish collection.

How to make your event application

To hold an event on one of our parks or open spaces read the conditions of hire listed below and complete the event enquiry form (DOC 148KB / 4 pages).

Please return the form well in advance of the date of your event to allow us to process your application, even if you have not finalised all the details of your event. For any event enquiries, please contact the events team.

To hold an event on our land you will need a hold a minimum of £5 million public liability insurance and have undertaken the relevant risk assessments and provide these documents to us. We may also require a site plan and an event management plan.

For commercial events there will be a charge for use of the land. 

If you are planning to have licensable activity at the event you may need to apply for a temporary event notice (TEN).

Cumbria County Council's Single Point of Contact may need to be contacted for events, particularly if your event includes use of the public highway or if other agencies such as the emergency services need to be involved.

Conditions of hire

Check the conditions below before making an application:

  • the applicant will indemnify us against the cost of making good any loss of, or damage to, (including fire) the premises (real or personal) arising out of the hirer’s activities
  • the applicant will indemnify us, our officers, servants and agents against all actions, costs or claims arising out of any accidents which may occur on the said premises arising out of the hirer activities
  • the applicant or applicant’s agents must be over 18 years of age
  • lettings will only be allowed where no reasonable conflict with other established local businesses exists
  • all display hoardings/materials and vehicles connected with the letting shall remain within the designated areas
  • no selling shall take place outside of the designated areas
  • no hawking or touting shall take place on or near the site
  • no pressurised sales techniques shall be employed by the hirer
  • we do not permit the exhibition, for entertainment, of any live animal or the giving of live animals (including fish) as prizes on South Lakeland District Council land
  • any music played on site will be the responsibility of the hirer to inform the Performing Rights Society
  • where collections of money are to take place the necessary licence shall be produced for inspection by our officers and this will in any event only be allowed for registered charitable organisations
  • sub-letting of the booked site shall not be allowed
  • the hirer will allow our officers access to the site as is reasonably requested
  • all charge made by us for hire of the land shall be paid in advance
  • proof of Public Liability Insurance cover must be provided with stated maximum payout of not less than £5,000,000
  • all lettings shall be subject to any byelaws and deeds relating to the site and its environs
  • the applicant shall ensure that during the period of the letting no nuisance by noise, dust, etc. or other source shall be caused to residents and third parties. To this end the applicant shall be responsible for consulting the Environmental Protection Group prior to the event and applying any recommendations made to the applicant
  • the applicant shall ensure that the facilities indicated on the booking application are not exceeded during the event itself. If additional facilities are in evidence at any time which we had not been made aware of then we reserve the right to terminate the event forthwith, require the organisers to vacate the site immediately and no compensation or refund shall be payable
  • the applicant shall be responsible for ensuring the site is left in a clean and tidy condition to our satisfaction. Any costs incurred by us in making the site tidy after the event like litter collection, reinstating damaged ground/turf shall be met by the applicant on receipt of an invoice
  • we should be allowed to add any further terms and/or conditions appropriate to the particular letting at the time