Host an event in the University Parks marquee

Details on the facilities are available and other important information is below. 

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Should you wish to make an enquiry, contact the University Parks team on 01865 282040 or email university.parks@admin.ox.ac.uk, Monday – Friday 08.00-16.00.

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The marquee is in the University Parks, behind the Sherrington Building, occupied by the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics – see map for its exact location. 

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The marquee is open from Monday – Friday 09.00–16.00. You must choose a time slot when booking.

The available time slots are

  • 09.00-12.00
  • 13:00 - 16:00

The gaps between sessions are needed for clearing and cleaning, unless you have booked for the whole day.

Evening bookings will be considered upon application.

The hire of the marquee itself is free, however there is a service charge from £200.

The marquee measures 9 x 94 metres with 24 metres of panoramic windows and can accommodate up to 150 people inside for a standing reception, or 96 people seated. It is open-sided and has an outside area so can accommodate more than 150 if the outside area is also used. Heras fencing will surround the marquee and the outdoor area allowing exclusive use of the area.

The marquee is supplied with 12 trestle tables and 150 chairs. 

No power is supplied so no music can be played but you are welcome to bring games and entertainment.

Yes, the Parks public toilets are only a short distance from the marquee.

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 are welcome to bring your own picnic food - please note, no barbecues are permitted unless provided by a professional caterer. You may arrange your own catering, but this will need to be approved by the Parks team in advance to ensure this is logistically suitable and does not impede on any of the parks restrictions. A list of recommended caterers can be provided on request.

You may bring your own alcohol for personal consumption but alcohol must not be sold.

We require three days’ notice for events. For more information, contact university.parks@admin.ox.ac.uk.

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.

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