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Garden Place - a large paved and grassy space - is the hub of the central business district and home to Hamilton’s central library.
It’s a popular meeting place, and a place for events and activities, demonstrations, holiday programmes, and busking. It has a walkway to the river.
Historically, Garden Place was a hill with a garden when the village of Hamilton was founded in 1864. It then became a carpark, and in the early 1970s the car park became Garden Place.
Garden Place is a free wifi hotspot and can hold up to 4000 people for a range of events.
We don’t encourage the sale or giveaway of food at events here because of the existing food retailers in and around Garden Place.
No on-site parking
- event organisers can drive temporarily into Garden Place to load and unload equipment.
Existing food retailers
Paved space and grassy area
Art and light installations
Ensure you have a current busking permit
You can book any venue or location listed here for a big or small event.
If you’re planning an event with any of items listed below, you’ll need to apply for an event permit:
● inflatables e.g. bouncy castle
● amusement devices
● more than 100 people
● food stalls
● road closure.
You do not need an event permit if you are planning a casual event that will not include any of the above. However, you will need to apply to book a park or reserve for your casual event.