Organised groups and activities at Ashridge

Fun runners running through an avenue of trees

We want everyone's organised events to go well and run smoothly. From charity runs to group walks, there are many externally-organised events that take place on the estate.

We are delighted that visitors choose Ashridge as a spot to unwind with friends, celebrate important events and engage with nature. We encourage our visitors to spend time outdoors, as we feel that the countryside has a positive impact on all of our lives. 

At Ashridge we see organised group outings as falling under two separate categories: private parties and charitable events. 

Private Parties

Large groups (fifteen or more people) visiting the estate for a private party must obtain permission from the Visitor Experience Manager at least two weeks before the date of the event. As the estate can be very busy on certain days it is vital that we are aware of your event, and that we know to expect you.

Additionally, there are a few rules we have for anyone hosting a party involving food at Ashridge. For more information, please visit our Eating page. To discuss the details of your party and to obtain permission please ring the Visitor Centre on 01442 851227. 

Charitable Events

Many groups visit us each year to hold a community fundraiser or charitable event. We encourage groups to stay active outdoors, however we need to ensure any events don’t have a lasting detrimental effect on the wild habitats and wider landscape. Our Outdoor Activity Licence System ensures we achieve this balance. The head organiser must get in touch with the Visitor Experience Manager at least six weeks before the proposed event date to discuss event details and to submit the outdoor activity application form. Depending on the details of your proposed event, there may be a charge required to host your event at Ashridge. Please ring the Visitor Centre on 01442 851227 for more information. 

Prohibited Activities

We want all our visitors to enjoy their visit but we need to protect the landscape too. We don't allow open fires, metal detectors, drones, quad bikes or scramblers anywhere on the estate. We also don't allow model aircraft to be flown unless you are a member of the Ivinghoe Soaring Association. By following these rules, we can keep everyone safe and keep Ashridge special for everyone.