Street parties

Organising a street party

Street parties are a great opportunity for communities to come together on national occasions. They are usually organised by groups of residents who get together and make arrangements to celebrate with their neighbours.

The main differences between a small street party and other public events are listed below.

Street parties Other public events
  • for residents and neighbours only
  • publicity only to residents
  • in a quiet residential road or street
  • self-organised
  • normally no insurance
  • no formal risk assessment needed
  • no licences normally necessary unless the sale of alcohol is involved¬†¬† ¬†
  • anyone can attend
  • external publicity, such as in newspapers
  • in buildings, parks and open spaces
  • professional skilled organisers
  • insurance needed
  • risk assessment common
  • licence usually needed

How to organise a street party

Organising a street party just for residents and neighbours is very simple and doesn't need a licence. Complete the form below and email it to the address shown.

We advise that you plan early, share jobs amongst residents, and send us your form 4 to 6 weeks in advance.

Go to the Streets Alive website and The Big Lunch website for helpful tips, advice and support on organising a successful event.