Below is a note from Southwark Events inviting residents to participate in a review of the policy on outdoor events such as the Gala Music event on Peckham Rye Park. Please note: the text is copied from Southwark Council's website and does not represent the views of the Friends of Peckham Rye Park.  The words 'we' or 'our' refer to Southwark Council.


You are invited to participate in a review of our outdoor events policy

Outdoor events form an integral part of Southwark Council's cultural strategy Creative Southwark. The strategy outlines a range of commitments that support the long term ambition of Southwark being the first choice for people to live, work, study and visit.

In delivering the strategy we manage over 160 outdoor events each year in our parks, squares, walkways and streets. We processes applications, advise event organisers, scrutinise plans, consult with local stakeholders and partner agencies, and monitor the events as they take place.  The outdoor events policy plays a crucial role setting out the principles and procedures that aim to provide clear and transparent processes for event organisers, stakeholders and partners, providing consistent control, management and monitoring.

Alongside this, we fund an annual programme of free community events such as Camberwell Fair, Bermondsey Carnival, East Dulwich Christmas Cracker, Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival and the annual firework display, all contributing to a vibrant Southwark. However, after ten years of significant central government cuts, it has become increasingly difficult for us to continue our investment and in 2018 we allowed two major commercial events to take place. The income generated from them allowed the continued support of the annual free programme.

Many lessons have been learnt in the last twelve months and we feel it is an appropriate time to review the outdoor events policy and location specific conditions to ensure they continue to be fit for purpose.

 There are two ways we are inviting you to participate in this review:

 1.    Complete the public survey. It is designed to gather your thoughts and is split into two sections. Section A, general questions that could pertain to any park or public space and Section B, specific questions regarding a particular space you might be interested in. 

2.    Join us at our public workshop taking place at Theatre Peckham (221 Havil St, Camberwell, London SE5 7SD) on Wednesday 20 March at 6.30pm. 

Please register on our Eventbrite page if you wish to attend. 

We hope you take this opportunity to share your thoughts. The information and comments gathered will directly inform the next iteration of the Outdoor Events Policy.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Culture & Events Team on or calling 020 7525 3422.