Sports Event Permission

Want to Run an Event on National Trust Land? Welcome!

Many organised sports and charity events run by professional organisations and charities are held across National Trust land - we welcome these events. If you are an event organiser planning an event in The Lakes and Morecambe Bay on National Trust land, we want to help you secure permission to use our land for your event:

  • Obtain guidance and advice about your event
  • Apply for an event permit to use National Trust land
  • Minimise damage e.g. erosion and avoid sensitive habitats and protected sites
  • Raise the quality and enjoyment of your event
  • Provide a single point of contact for NT land in the Lakes

3 Simple Steps to Running an Event on National Trust Land in the Lake District

1. Contact a National Trust Ranger at the start of planning your event

Contact us through "Ask a question" or by completing the "Ask a question" on the right hand side of this page to contact a central point of contact within the National Trust. They will link you to the National Trust ranger who will be able to help with the feasibility of your event and provide advice and guidance before you commit any time or expense. Our Rangers have a wealth of experience and have been involved with many of events across The Lakes. They will also help you to complete the online event permit application.

2. Apply online for your event permit to use National Trust land

  • Most successful event organisers start planning events at least 12 months in advance so that they get the best date and location booked in.
  • Read the guidance notes in the download section before you start, check anything you are unsure of with the member of staff you have talked too
  • Once you’ve spoken to a Ranger, you can apply below. If all the required information is provided we aim to issue a permit within 6 weeks.
  • Protected sites also need permission from Natural England to be used for events. As part of the process we will seek consent from Natural England for you - this can take up to 4 months. We cannot give permission until we have Natural England consent
  • There is a £50 (incl VAT) permit fee to cover administration costs – once you have applied please send the cheque as requested
  • We can provide additional facilities such as car parking and toilets if required – further details can be found on the costs download at the side of this page. If you are using a National Trust tenants’ land then we will pass on this income to the tenant – you won’t need to pay twice

3. Donate to help us conserve The Lakes to keep it a special place for events

The National Trust is a conservation charity that relies on donations and membership – please help by working with us and donating to protect the landscape - we ask event organisers to donate to us, we suggest a 3% donation from each persons entry fee after the event – this donation will enable you and your participants to give a little back to maintain and repair the land for future events ‘for ever for everyone’ ….. it’s not a lot to give back to help us keep the Lakes looking great. Your donation will contribute towards conservation and repair projects across The Lake District such as Fix The Fells. eg £30 is needed to repair 1 footstep of a stone path and £100 to repair 1 meter of a stone path.

If your'e interested in finding out more about the work of the National Trust in the Lake District, click here

It is strongly recommended that you do not market your event until you receive an event permit giving approval from the National Trust (and other land owners if relevant) to use the land, and if applicable consent is given by Natural England.

 Please have a look at the guidance notes, on the right before starting the application. Once you have started the application there is no option to save it, to then come back. Check the guidance notes for what you will need when applying.

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Useful Resources and Links

Environmental information

Useful links

Cumbria County Council operate a Single Point of Contact process for events for events over 200 participants or perceived high risk activity. Click Here to go to their website

Nurture Lakeland, is an organisation we support that helps raise money for conservation work in the Lake District. For more information click here