How can I find out what’s on when?
Sign up to receive our e-guide before the festival starts, we’ll send you an email with updates and then you’ll receive a copy of the guide by email a couple of weeks before.

Do I need a ticket?
No, this is a free event and you don’t need to book in advance. However capacity is limited so we recommend you arrive as early as possible to avoid disappointment. The Festival kicks off at 12noon on both Saturday and Sunday.

Will the queues be long?
Lloyd Park has a limited capacity of 11,000; so if the Festival fills up, you may need to wait for people to leave before you can get in. Last year we managed to get everyone through the gates, despite a little bit of queuing.

What happens if it rains?
We’ll be going ahead come rain or shine, so do check the weather forecast so you can dress appropriately. This year we are very lucky to have our very own Big Top, which will provide shelter for the main stage. There are lots of other inside spaces to explore too so don’t let the weather put you off!

Terms & Conditions:

To ensure that all events organised by Waltham Forest Council run smoothly and are as enjoyable as possible for everyone, please be aware of the following terms and conditions of entry. Unless otherwise indicated, the following points relate to all Waltham Forest Council events.

  • Alcohol, controlled drugs or substances suspected to be a controlled drug. Including “legal” highs and nitrous oxide canisters/dispensers aren't allowed into the event 
  • There will be security carrying out body and bag searches at the entrances.
  • Bicycles cannot be cycled in the park but can be brought into the park via the Brettenham Road entrance and left in the event cycle park.
  • Strictly no roller skating, scootering, inline skating or skateboarding on the event site (unless part of the event in designated areas). The event will be very crowded and this is to prevent accidents.
  • There is no minimum age restriction; however children under age of 14 are the responsibility of their parents or guardians and must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Small and personal provisions of food and soft drinks will be allowed. There will be a wide range of food and drink available to purchase on site.
  • No barbeques, unauthorised professional video equipment or gazebos can be brought into the Park
  •  Dogs can be brought onto the park during the event, but must be kept on a lead.Please see Councils policy on dogs at events.

If you would like further information please contact the Waltham Forest Events Team on

020 8496 3000 or email [email protected] 


FAQs for Keep it Free 

Why are we asking for donations?
Since the first festival in 2014, Walthamstow Garden Party has been hugely successful, attracting an audience of over 30,000 people each year and investing in the best local and international talent. 

Putting on a festival is an expensive undertaking and the Barbican, Create and Waltham Forest Council want to ensure we can continue to keep the festival free and accessible for all. To do this we’re asking the people who enjoy the festival to give what they can to so we can keep it free, continue to invest in local artists and organisations, and carry on attracting the best talent locally and from around the globe.

What will donations be spent on?
All donations will be held in a fund administered by the Barbican. This fund will be jointly invested and directed by festival producers the Barbican, Create and Waltham Forest Council. This fund will be wholly invested in the Walthamstow Garden Party for future years, including supporting the involvement of local artists, groups and organisations. 

In 2015 over 70 local arts organisations, businesses & community groups, were involved in the event with more than 1,400 people taking part across the weekend, including performances from more than 250 young people and 300 local performers. This local offer is at the heart of the event and this fund helps ensure we can continue investing in Waltham Forest artists and organisations’ participation in the festival.

What if I can’t afford to donate?
This campaign is about ensuring that the festival is open to all, whatever your circumstances; there is absolutely no obligation or pressure for you to donate. We’re asking those that can afford it to give what they can to so that we can keep the festival free for everyone. 

FAQs for The Ideas Kitchen 

What is The Ideas Kitchen?
A community led initiative that encourages the local community to vote for and fund creative projects that benefit the borough of Waltham Forest. 

How does it work?
The Community Board will shortlist four applicants to come and pitch their ideas at a community dinner held at Gnome House.

Everyone attending the dinner will pay a small donation at the door which will give them a hot meal and the opportunity to vote on their favourite idea.

The applicant with the most votes will walk away with the money raised on the door (which will also be match funded by up to £400) and the opportunity to develop their project to be featured at the Walthamstow Garden Party.

How do I submit my idea?
You can download the application form here, and the budget template here. Once you have completed both forms, please submit them to [email protected] with ‘The Ideas Kitchen’ in the subject line. The deadline for this round is Wednesday 25 May, 12pm.

Why do you need two budgets?
The amount that the winner will take away will depend on how many donations are made at the community dinner. We want to make sure that every idea that is pitched is achievable so we are asking you to forecast what would happen if you receive the minimum amount of money (£400), or if you received the maximum (£800). We will then work with the winner to achieve their idea based on how much money they receive.

What happens next?
If you are successful we will invite you to come and pitch your idea at the community dinner on Saturday 18 June.

What happens if I don’t get through?
We can only take four ideas through to the community dinner so if you don’t get through this time, we would encourage you to reapply later in the year.

When will I find out?
We will aim to get let everyone know if they have been shortlisted by Friday 27 June. 

What are you looking for?

Ideas that…

  • are original
  • benefit the community
  • have a creative element
  • involve more than one person
  • can be delivered by you, the lead applicant
  • cost no more than £800
  • are able to happen at the Walthamstow Garden Party on the 16 and 17 July
  • are suitable for one of the following spaces: The E17 Community Tent (6m wide circle) , The Dreamers and Diggers stage (4m x 2m wide), a small patch of grass. Please see map attached with a layout of the park.

What are not looking for?

Ideas that…

  • have already received funding
  • are one off performances
  • only benefit one person
  • will be used for only purchasing equipment
  • have party political or religious motivations
  • discriminate against any gender, ethnicity, race, age or disability

Why do I have to live, work or study in Waltham Forest?
The Barbican has been working in Waltham Forest for the last three years and The Ideas Kitchen is part of our commitment to supporting the local community to develop creative ideas. 

When will The Ideas Kitchen Dinner take place?
Saturday 18 June, 7pm at Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, E17 6DS. 

How many Ideas Kitchen events will happen this year?
We will aim to do between 3-4 events a year.

Has this happened anywhere before?
Yes! The Ideas Kitchen is modelled on the Detroit Soup Kitchen in Detroit which has been really successful and is now a global imitative that has benefitted lots of community groups across America.  detroitsoup.com

Who is on the Community Board?
Alongside the Barbican, there are four key local partners that make up the community board including: Bebop Baby, Gnome House, The Mill and x7eaven.

Who can I talk to if I have more questions?
Get in touch with Sade Banks, the Barbican’s Community Engagement Manager