Frequently Asked Questions
You can book here on this website or email or phone. All events are free of charge.
Yes … and no!
Each day we will be offering pretty much the same rich blend of activities within the park but as there is even more planned than last year, you are welcome to come for more than one day, if you wish.
What is different this year is that on the Friday evening, following the activities about the grounds, we are holding a concert on the back lawn, to celebrate 20 years of the Global Retreat Centre. The term ‘concert’ perhaps has associations that are maybe not so apt here. Perhaps it would be more accurate to describe it as a ‘musical come meditative experience.’ The backdrop is already booked: the gently rolling Oxfordshire, landscape as seen across the River Thames. The golden setting sun has been requested and is yet to be confirmed.
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (UK) teaches Raja Yoga as a way of experiencing peace of mind and a positive approach to life.
The University provides opportunities for people from all religious and cultural backgrounds to explore their own spirituality and learn skills of reflection and meditation based on Raja Yoga philosophy, which will help develop inner calm, clear thinking and personal well-being.
Across the UK we work with national and local organisations and community groups in such areas as inter-religious dialogue, youth programmes, prison outreach, social work and women’s and men’s groups. BKWSU (UK) was established as a charity in 1975 and is funded by voluntary contributions.
The University is part of a worldwide network of over 8,500 centres in more than 100 countries, the first of which was founded in India in the 1930s.
To find out more about The Global Retreat Centre visit www.globalretreatcentre.org
And to find out about the Brahma Kumaris in the world visit our International website www.bkwsu.org
Please be aware that the park does have one or two steep slopes and some uneven terrain. Much of the walking will be on short-mown grass. Those who may find it difficult or tiring to walk on such a surface should allow themselves plenty of time between the further-spaced venues – although there is always something else happening within 50m or 60m.
If you wish to attend events that are either at the bottom or top of the steeper slopes, a bit of ‘local knowledge’ is required. Just ask one of the festival helpers the best way to it
We have disabled parking available; just see one of the parking volunteers when you arrive.
Disabled toilets are available in the main house, accessed from the front courtyard.
Should you wish to join a house tour, a lift is available for standard size self-propelled wheel-chairs. Should you use a motorized or larger style wheel-chair, then we would ask you to contact the Centre before you come so that we can do what we can to accommodate your needs.
We are committed to making Peace in the Park as accessible as possible and much of our learning as to how we can achieve this will come from your feedback. We would, therefore, welcome your comments.
There will be ice cream, sandwiches/baguettes, soft drinks and juice bar items available to buy in the grounds, near the Chapel.
We will also provide some complimentary refreshments and snacks – teas, coffee and a biccy – on the other side of the main house.
To preserve the spirit of the place we ask that you don’t bring picnics or barbecues into the grounds.
Should you partake in food and drinks, we would ask that you don’t bring them into the chapel, the main house or within the pavilions.
'Peace In the Park' is a smoke and alcohol free event
We’re sorry we can’t offer accommodation for Festival goers but there are some pretty good hotels, B&B's etc close by.
We've compiled a list of of local accommodation here but obviously we can't verify them, so please be sure to check if the services and prices are suitable for you.
Sorry, no animals are allowed on site – except assistance dogs.
Of course, by all means snap away to your hearts content for your personal use.
We don’t provide crèche facilities. There’s a lot for kids to do, especially on the front lawn area but you will need to accompany children in your care all the time.
You can bring chairs, blankets of various colours and sizes. As comfy as you like!
The 'lost and found' point can be found at the Information tent.
If you find something, please hand it in and we will endeavour to reunite these items with their owner.
Should you lose any valuables yourself and they have not been handed in to the Information Tent, there is still a chance they may be recovered during the festival clear up operation. If you ring the Retreat Centre between 1pm and 6pm they will be able to answer your ‘lost and found’ question.
First Aid is available on site each day of the festival. Please contact the Information Tent should you have need of their services or, in case of emergencies, contact the nearest festival helper (recognisable by their lime green T-shirt).
'Peace in the Park' will have a film crew on site for the full weekend and has the right to film the event including the public for subsequent international television, radio, online and mobile distribution and the use of screen and television footage for promotional purposes.
Should someone invite you to respond to some questions on camera, we would love to hear your comments. If you would rather not, that's fine too!
Disabled toilets are in the main house only.
There will be free, clean drinking water at strategic points about the site so please bring a container that you can refill. It’s drawn from our own well.
We ask you very kindly to respect the land, the festival site and your fellow guests by making sure you deposit your rubbish in the bins provided.
In the food and tea areas, you will see that bins are labeled according to recycle group. We would ask you to deposit your waste accordingly as we do what we can to protect the environment and our resources.
Yes, but please be aware that this is a big place and there is quite a bit of walking involved, so those who find it hard to walk long distances would do best to set themselves up in a nice strategic spot to take advantage of the park and all that’s taking place on the day.