If you would like to throw a party but don’t have the space and don’t want to hire an indoor venue, you may be thinking that your local beach or park may be the perfect place to do it.
After all, you will have pleasant surroundings, lots of room, and everybody is likely to know where to find it. However, in most places there are rules about this sort of thing, so unless you are way out in the country where nobody is going to mind or you have your own private beach area with your property, you need to do some research and planning before sending out those invites!
Do You Need Permission?
It may be possible to throw a party on your nearest beach or park, but only with a license. The rules about this will vary from county to county, but you should be able to find information on local government websites so you can find out whether it is a possibility in the city or area you live in, and what you would need to do. There may be rules about how many people can be there, music, any structures like stages or tents you want to have, and how late it can go on, to name but a few things, so you could find that even if a licensing system does exist it may not be suitable for what you are hoping to do and you’ll have to come up with a different site for your event. You may also find that laws prevent you having alcohol at your party, so if that is an essential for you then you may again need to rethink.
Remember It Is Still a Public Area
While you can of course make any portable party tents you erect (if you are allowed) for your guests’ use only, the park or beach is still public land, so you may have to accept that other people will be around outside and may do something that messes up your plans, like playing their own music, playing sports, or simply getting in the way of your photos of your guests! Mostly this isn’t a problem, but if what you are planning is particularly special and you need it to be perfect (for example a wedding reception) then you may want to consider holding it in a private area instead and perhaps just going down to the beach for a few pictures at some point.
As you can see, using public areas for parties is not as easy as it may at first appear, but it can be doable if it is what you really want and you are prepared that you may have to make some compromises in keeping with local laws and policies. If you find it to be a no go, privately owned outdoor areas like the grounds of manor houses, plantations and even museums can often be hired out privately for events, so you may still get a great outdoor setting.
Today’s feature writer, Robert Jenkins, is a supervisor at Rhino Shelter, a company supplying portable party tents. He works hard and he enjoys sailing in his leisure time.