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Calendar of Events

The High Commission works with partners in Canada and the UK to develop exhibitions, talks and other programming linked to Canada’s international priorities and objectives. Forthcoming events are listed below, along with some of the latest Canadian cultural events planned for the UK. Please note, we do not take responsibility for events that have not been organized by the High Commission. If you would like us to include your event, please contact:

Upcoming Events in the United Kingdom

  • Print Room, London ¦ Patrick Eaking Young brings to London a new music theatre work about one woman’s encounter with the aftermath of war crimes at Srebrenica, and her family’s connection to the Holocaust in Bosnia 50 years before. Performed by four singers and a dancer, it mixes Balkan folk songs with original vocal arrangements and compositions by award-winning composer Christian Mason and electronic soundscapes by DJ and installation artist Shelley Parker.

  • Various UK venues ¦ The Canadian actor tours the UK with his band after the release of his first album Down In a Hole.

  • London ¦ 12 days events for Canadians, their family, friends, and those interested in learning more about Canada. Brought to you by The London Expat Canadian Meetup Group, Canadians of London and The Maple Leaf Pub.

  • Burgh House, Hampstead ¦ Canadian Leslie Watts will participate in Women in Art, a project that supports and assist women artists who are at the beginning of their artistic careers. Her work will be part of a group exhibition of successful women artists and she will be one of the judges for The Holly Bush Emerging Women Painter Prize 2017, a prize celebrating the most promising woman artist of 2017.

  • Easton Farm Park, Suffolk ¦ For its 10th anniversary the annual roots music festival is featuring Award-winning East Coast songwriter Amelia Curran and roots rocker Terra Lightfoot on Canada Day, as well as a selection of other alternative country, bluegrass, blues and roots music performers from both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Across UK ¦ Julie Brunelle and Peter Wood take some the world's greatest art and artists as its starting point in this book to introduce to young audiences the basics of art and the art making process in an easy and accessible way.

  • Across UK ¦ Canadian broadcaster, writer, and TV presenter Genevieve Borne launches her book about London as part of the series dedicated to discovering cities around the globe. The concept is to show 300 places within the city, helping readers to discover unusual neighbourhoods, cultural places and restaurants that are off the beaten track.

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    Trafalgar Sq, London ¦ Bring a Brit to this very Canadian party in the centre of London with live music, food, drinks and activities for all ages. Sign up on our Facebook page to get the latest updates on what to expect for Canada 150 in the UK.

  • The Boaters Inn, Kingston ¦ This free festival includes Canadian treats, live music and face-painting while visitors feast on Chef Brian Marchetti’s Montreal smoked meat extravaganza, perogies, poutine and more. The day starts with brunch at 11am and runs until 11pm. Thirsty revellers can choose from Sleemans beers, Bloody Caesars and Canadian whiskeys. Guests must register in advance. This is a Canadians in London signature event, so be sure to visit their website to keep up with all of their planned celebrations.

  • Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway, Wales ¦ The traditional steam train through the Welsh countryside is offering free travel to anyone with a valid Canadian passport on Canada Day. They will also have a display of Canadian railway posters and a chance to win souvenir prizes.

  • Temple Pier, London ¦ The alumni associations of McGill, Western and Queens universities have joined forces to host a pre-Trafalgar Square Canada Day afternoon cruise along the Thames. Everyone is welcome to this Canadian-themed boat party.

  • Reveley Lodge, Bushey Heath, Herts ¦ Celebrate Canada 150 at historic Reveley Lodge, a Victorian Gentleman’s Cottage formerly owned by Canadian artist Albert Ranney Chewett. The afternoon garden party will include demonstrations, live fiddle music, food and beverages and children’s entertainment.

  • SPACE Gallery, London ¦ For her commissioned first solo exhibition in the UK, Kreye is collaborating with St Joseph’s Hospice to explore the complexities of loss. In addition to the solo exhibition and performative interventions occurring at the hospice, her project is presented with contextual critical writing, workshops, performances and discussions all open to the public.

  • Reveley Lodge, Hertfordshire ¦ As part of Canada 150 celebrations local historian Katharine Whitaker will be giving a talk on the legacy of the Chewetts, the owners of Reveley Lodge. The discussion will cover the life of William Chewett, who moved to Canada from London in 1775 and his son James and their role in Canadian history. There is also an exhibition titled ‘Canadian Pioneers: William Chewett and Son’ for the month of July.

  • The Other Place, London ¦ Bart Soroczynski plays The Fool, one of the three leading characters at Sally Cookson’s stage adaptation of the cult Fellini film. This play that features a multiplicity of circus skills closes its UK tour in London for the summer.

  • Southbank, London | The hit circus act that charmed audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last summer arrives in London for an extended run as part of the Underbelly Festival promising family fun in two shows a day.

  • Zabludowicz Collection, London ¦ Sara Cwynar, Erin Shirreff and Jeff Wall join a roster of international artists for at this group exhibition featuring artists who use photography as a tool with which to question the boundaries between past and present, the factual and the fictional.

  • British Museum, London ¦ The British Museum hosts this exhibition on the history of the First Nations people of the Northwest Coast. The exhibit will bring together objects reflecting 10,000 years of rich cultural heritage.

  • British Library, London ¦ Highlights from the British Library’s Canadian photographic collection are on display to celebrate Canada 150. The photos, acquired between 1895 and 1924 show Canada as a young and growing nation.

Calendar of Academic Events

The High Commission works with Academic partners in Canada and the UK to develop conferences, lectures, and other programming linked to Canada’s international priorities and objectives. Upcoming academic events relevant to Canada and planned for the UK are listed below. Please note that we do not take responsibility for events that have not been organized by the High Commission. If you would like us to include your academic event relevant to Canada, please contact:

Canada-UK Foundation, in partnership with the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, has created a giant circumpolar floor map for use in schools throughout the UK called Arctic Alive – this amazing opportunity will allow students to have a museum-like experience at their school. if you are interested in bringing this free program to your school you will find more information at  Arctic Alive: Teacher Seminar.

Royal Events

Each year the High Commission of Canada to the United Kingdom is issued a limited number of tickets or places to Royal Events taking place that year to allocate to Canadians.

Information on how and when to apply will be posted on this page when these details are available. You are encouraged to check the page regularly and to follow the High Commission on Facebook or Twitter. You can also subscribe to the Canada Plus monthly e-newsletter.

Please note that all events receive far more applications than spaces and a random electronic ballot will be run for each. No correspondence will be entered into over the results of the ballot.
If you have any questions, please contact 

Due to the volume of enquiries we receive, we may not be able to respond to your email if the answer is contained in these pages. Please read all information carefully.

New for 2017

In order to streamline applications, the High Commission is pleased to offer online registration for all Royal Events. Please use the links below to apply. Email or paper applications will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. All are encouraged to apply online.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted and we may not have a chance to review all applications until after the deadline, therefore please ensure you fill out the form completely.

Before inputting your information, please prepare all your documents.  For each Royal Event, you will be asked for a scanned copy of the information page of your passport (main applicant and guest(s)).  Instructions will be provided in an automatic reply email

New for this year, the application period is now a fixed time period, usually about 2 weeks long.  Applications cannot be accepted before or after this period. This is a change to previous years, so please make careful note of the application period for each event. 

Please note that the online registration systems for some events are held on a third party website. Personal information on this site will be used solely by the High Commission of Canada for the purposes of Royal Events.

Canadians may apply for each of the three Royal Events, if they are eligible for all.

Royal Garden Parties

This year, HM the Queen will hold three Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace in London and one Garden Party at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

2017 dates

Buckingham Palace

Applications are now closed
Successful Applicants have been notified


Applications are now closed
Successful Applicants have been notified

Please note the following requirements:

  • Applicants and their designated guest must not have attended a Garden Party previously. We are under strict instructions to ensure that everyone on our nominated list have not attended a Garden Party previously. To avoid embarrassment and disappointment, please do not attempt an application if you have previously attended a Garden Party. 
  • Applicants and guests must be over the age of 18.
  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens with valid Canadian passports.
  • Nominated guests may be of any nationality. All applicants are encouraged to attend with a guest.
  • Applicants may also apply to bring their unmarried, adult children, aged 18-25. Only two children per applicant will be considered.
  • Applications will be rejected if the form is incomplete, if you enter multiple times, if you enter over multiple dates and/or if our records indicate previous attendance.
  • Garden Party invitations are strictly non-transferable. If there is any chance that you or your nominated guest will not be able to attend on the day, please do not apply. If you find yourself unable to attend, your space cannot be re-allocated under any circumstances nor can you attend on a different day. If your guest is unable to attend with you, you cannot nominate another person.  Unused invitations must be returned to us for security purposes – failure to return your invitation, if it goes unused, must be reported to the Lord Chamberlain’s office.
  • Older guests or guests with disabilities who require assistance must be accompanied. If you have accessibility concerns, please indicate this on your form as you may be given alternative entry instructions.
  • Please remember to send a copy of the information page of a valid Canadian passport (Main applicant) and the information page of a valid Canadian or foreign passport (nominated guest). Without these documents, your application will be considered incomplete.

Only successful applicants will be informed by email. Instructions for invitation collection will follow. Invitations must be collected from Canada House on Trafalgar Square and we encourage you to collect these several days before your Garden Party.  We are not able to mail your invitations. Detailed dress code information, entry points, security instructions are included in the information pack with your invitation.  Due to the volume of enquiries we receive, we cannot respond to enquiries if the answer can be found in the information pack.

General dress code information:
Ladies: Day dress with hat or Uniform (No medals). Trouser suit may be worn. Gloves are optional
Gentlemen: Morning Coat, Lounge Suit or Uniform (No medals).
*National Dress may be worn
*Chains of office may be worn

General entry times:

15:00 – Gates open
15:30 – Tea service begins
18:00 – Event formally ends

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour, or HM the Queen’s Birthday Parade, takes place in June of each year. The Parade is organized by the Household Division and Canadians are allocated a limited number of spaces to the Parade itself and the full dress rehearsal Parade, the Colonel’s Review.

Tickets to Trooping the Colour are £35.00 each and tickets to the Colonel’s Review are £10.00 each.

Dates for 2017

Trooping the Colour: 17 June 2017
The Colonel’s Review: 10 June 2017

Applications are now closed

Please note the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be over the age of 18.
  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens with valid Canadian passports.
  • Nominated guests may be of any nationality. All applicants are encouraged to attend with a guest. 
  • Applicants may apply for two tickets.  Up to four tickets can be applied for by one applicant provided this is for immediate family.
  • Children must be over 10 years old to attend Trooping the Colour and over 8 years old to attend the Colonel’s Review. Children must hold an individual ticket. This event is not suitable for babes in arms.
  • You may apply if you have attended the Trooping the Colour parade previously.  However, priority will be given to those who have not attended previously. Please note that we anticipate four times the number of applications as spaces, so your chances of attending again are limited.
  • Applications will be rejected if the form is incomplete or if you enter multiple times. 
  • Please remember to upload a copy of the information page of a valid Canadian passport (Main applicant) and the information page of a valid Canadian or foreign passport (each guest).

Only successful applicants will be informed by email, with instructions on payment methods and ticketing. Invitation collection instructions will follow. Detailed dress code information, entry points, security requirements are included on the back of the ticket. Due to the volume of enquiries we receive, we cannot respond to enquiries if the information is found on the back of the ticket.

Unsuccessful applicants will be held on a waiting list. If any tickets are returned, they can be reallocated.

Useful information

  • The Parade will take place in Horseguards Parade, Whitehall, SW1A
  • Ticket holders must be seated by 10:00AM. Late arrivals will not be permitted on the Parade ground.
  • If you have accessibility requirements, please indicate this in your application as alternative instructions will be given.

Royal Ascot

Each year the Royal Ascot meeting takes place at Ascot Racecourse.  Canadian citizens are able to be nominated to attend in the Royal Enclosure by applying through the High Commission. The nominated list is compiled at the High Commission’s discretion.

Dates for the Royal Ascot: 20 – 24 June 2017

Attending the Royal Enclosure at Ascot in four steps:

  1. Complete the registration form online and provide scanned passport copies when prompted.
  2. After the deadline, if you are successful, you will be sent a Royal Enclosure Badge Request Form.
  3. Complete the Badge Request Form and send it directly to the Royal Enclosure Office.  Do not send the form to the High Commission of Canada. Form sent to the High Commission will not be re-directed on your behalf. You may miss your chance to apply for a badge.
  4. The Royal Enclosure Office will contact you with information on how to obtain your Badge.

Please note the following requirements:

  • Unlike other Royal Events, all members of the party must be Canadian with valid Canadian passports. Foreign nationals can contact their respective embassy or High Commission for information on how to attend. UK Nationals should contact the Ascot Racecourse.
  • If you have attended Ascot for five or more years, you may not need to be nominated on the High Commission’s list. Please contact the Royal Enclosure office at the Ascot Racecourse.
  • Children over the age of 10 may attend. Children aged 10-17 will be issued a children’s badge but may only attend on Friday 23 June or Saturday 24 June.  Children under the age of 10 will not be admitted. Proof of age may be requested by the Royal Enclosure Office.
  • Adults between 18-25 can attend on reduced rates. Further information will be provided with the badge request form.

Full details regarding the Royal Enclosure can be found on the Ascot website.

Useful information

Prices for badges in the Royal Enclosure:

  • Adult one day badge (Tuesday to Saturday): £155.00/day
  • Junior (age 18-25) one day badge (Tuesday to Saturday): £105.00/day
  • Children (age 10-17) on Friday and Saturday only: £25.00/day
  • Car parking: £35.00/day per car

Dress code in the Royal Enclosure is strict. Full details can be found on the Royal Enclosure website. Failure to comply with the dress code may result in the removal of your Royal Enclosure badge.

Please note that the dress code at the Royal Enclosure was modified in 2012. All guests, whether new or returning, are strongly advised to review the dress code carefully.

Applications are now closed: 13 April -27 April 2017

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