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Hiring a BBQ


You are welcome to picnic in the grounds of Lydiard Park - the field to the right of the main car park off Hook Street is our picnic and BBQ field. Our BBQ season starts 1st March through to 31st October. 

In this field, there are large and small static BBQs that are available to hire from March to October which must be booked and paid for in advance.  As the number of BBQs is limited, we recommend early booking, especially if you are looking for weekend dates from June to August. 

We also have a new exclusive event space, 'St John Hollow', ideal for private events, family celebrations and corporate gatherings. Please click here for further details.

Please note, portable BBQs (including gas BBQs) and fires are not allowed anywhere in the grounds of Lydiard Park.


Parking charges apply.

bbq map


BBQ Hire Prices

March, April, May, September and October

During these months, a BBQ can be hired out all day from 11.30am until 30 minutes before the park closes.


​March, April, May, September and October (all day)
​Small BBQ (all day) serving up to 15 people ​£25
​Large BBQ (all day) serving up to 40 people ​£40


June, July and August
During these months, a BBQ can be hired out from 11.30am to 3pm or, 5pm until 30 minutes before the park closes. If you would like to book an all day BBQ during the peak season, an additional cost is required.

​June, July and August (half day)
​Small BBQ (half day) serving up to 15 people ​£25
​Large BBQ (half day) serving up to 40 people ​£40
​June, July and August (all day)​
​Small BBQ (all day) serving up to 15 people ​£40
​Large BBQ (all day) serving up to 40 people ​£60


Please note that the BBQ Field will be unavailable on 27 July. We thank you for your support and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.



Book a BBQ

Before booking a bbq, please read our Terms and Conditions.


The BBQ booking line is open:

Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm

Saturday and Sunday 11am to 3pm (April - December only) 


Please call Lydiard Park on 01793 466664 - option 4 for Lydiard Park, followed by option 1 for BBQ bookings 


To secure a bbq pitch over the phone, payment must be made at the time of booking via debit or credit card. Payments are non-refundable.


Please note, we do not accept bookings for the next BBQ season until January of that year.   


On the day, a warden will be available to unlock your BBQ. If there is not a warden in the BBQ area on your arrival, please go to the Wardens’ Office next to the Forest Café, or contact the warden team on 07766 368 262 or 07824 550 499

Please note, the warden team and these numbers are only available until 5.30pm. Wardens will only be available to unlock the BBQ 30 minutes before or 30 minutes after your booking time. If you have any difficulties on the day, or are going to be delayed, please contact the wardens direct before these times.                                                                                                       

Please retain your receipt & booking form and bring them with you on the day of the BBQ booking – you may be asked for proof of payment.

If your booking form has been emailed to you, please bring a printed copy of your booking form with you. Your receipt will be held with the Wardens for you to collect when they open your BBQ.


Please download our frequently asked questions for more information about hiring a BBQ at Lydiard Park.