Reconnect with an outdoor event in the new marquee in the Parks

Notice: The marquee in the Parks is now closed.


Details on what facilities are available and other important information are below. 

Enquire now

Should you wish to make an enquiry, contact the Facilities Helpdesk on 01865 270087 or email, Monday – Friday 08.30-17.00. 

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The marquee is open from Monday – Friday 09.00–20.00, and on Saturdays from 09.30–18.30. You must choose a time slot when booking.

The available time slots are

  • 09.00-11.00
  • 12.00-15.00
  • 16.00-20.00

The gaps between sessions are needed for clearing and cleaning.

There are no charges for the use of the marquee and its facilities. Should you wish to book catering then this will be charged as per the costs in our menu.

The marquee measures 6 x 12 metres and can accommodate up to 30 people comfortably. Given government guidance, you must ensure no more than 30 people attend your event. The marquee is open-sided and has tables and chairs for 30 people. Accessible toilet facilities are available.

Nothing else is supplied but you are welcome to bring in games. Should you wish to make deliveries these need to be dropped off at the South Lodge in the Parks. No music can be played. 

Yes, accessible portaloo facilities are available.

Waste disposal and cleaning will be provided, but to aid a prompt turnaround, it is your responsibility to ensure the marquee is left clean and tidy at the end of your session. 

You can bring your own picnic food but no barbecues are permitted. Alternatively, catering can be supplied by Compass who provide a range of tasty afternoon tea options, sandwiches and snacks – view the menu below.

No other commercial caterers are permitted to serve food in the marquee. You may bring your own alcohol for your personal consumption but alcohol must not be sold.

Marquee Catering Menu


Departmental staff are welcome to book for student or staff events. Where there is more than one request for the same slot, bookings will be prioritised as follows:

  • departmentally organised events involving students
  • departmental events organised by students
  • departmental events for staff only 

We require three days’ notice of events. For more information contact the Facilities Helpdesk, who are managing enquiries. 

Estates Services teams will be cleaning and clearing the marquee in a COVID-secure way in between every session. All University risk assessments and COVID guidance will be followed. 

Please be aware that the way you and your guests behave in the University Parks is subject to the Public Space Protection Order. Breaching this order may lead to a criminal conviction for those involved.

Inappropriate behaviour by staff or students may lead to disciplinary action so please act responsibly and safely at all times when using the facilities. You should ensure that ensure the marquee is left clean and tidy at the end of your session. No music can be played.