The Rickyard

The new Rickyard building gets its name from John Soane’s old cow yards and rickyards, which stood on the site in the 1800s. In 2014 the site was reopened to the public as an education centre and events space, providing groups, schools, volunteers and local people a place to meet and take part in a range of activities and events.

The new environmentally friendly building houses a café, public toilets, as well as an observtion hive, courtyard, a room for events and activities, Park Manager's office and gardening equipment storage space. The building features a clever system that collects and reuses rainwater in the toilets, as well as a flat roof that has been planted with sedum and wild flowers to provide a habitat for bees and other insects.

Hiring the Rickyard

The Rickyard is available to hire for parties of up to 50 people. During the week bookings are ‘room only’ unless otherwise agreed. The courtyard and kitchen are used by parks staff and volunteers and are not for public use. At the weekend guests may make use of the courtyard provided other events are not taking place. We have a limited number of low cost slots available during the week to local community groups and small charities. Please contact us for availability.


9am - 1pm:  £250

1.30pm - 5.30pm: £250

9am - 5.30pm :£400

 6pm - 12pm:  £450

1.30pm - Midnight : £600

9am - Midnight: £750

Cleaning Fee: £40 (Mandatory for evening bookings and large parties)

For full details please download the venue hire information sheet below.

To book, or enquire about availability, please complete our online form here.