Opportunity to hold large-sized event in South Park in 2018

Published: Wednesday, 11th October 2017

From music festivals and carnivals to half marathons and fireworks, Oxford plays host to hundreds of exciting events each year.

Guided by a deed of covenant, this includes four large-scale events (500 people +) in the city’s South Park.  In 2017, South Park played - or is playing - host to the fantastically-successful Common People music festival, Cancer Research UK’s Pretty Muddy event, which saw thousands of women tackling a 5km obstacle course, a delicious Foodies Festival and the Round Table’s spectacular bonfire and fireworks display. 

Every year, Oxford City Council welcomes new ideas for large-sized events to be held at the park.  If you are an event organiser and would like to submit a proposal for 2018 we would like to hear from you.

For full details of how to apply, please contact events@oxford.gov.uk. The deadline for completed applications is 12pm on Thursday 26 October.

 Oxford City Council encourages events which:

  • Build understanding between communities, celebrate diversity and promote equality.
  • Encourage healthy living and eating
  • Are environmentally friendly

 Applications will require detailed information about the proposed event, including the activities on offer, dates, expected attendance, how the event will promote the city’s communities, and how it will protect the park’s ridges and furrows. South Park is home to the largest collection of ridges and furrows – a medieval farming method - in an urban area in Europe.

Councillor Dee Sinclair, Board Member for Culture and Communities at Oxford City Council said: “South Park is a wonderful venue for large-scale events in the city and, so far, 2017 has been no exception. We look forward to providing the people of Oxford with the opportunity to enjoy more throughout 2018.”