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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: ldn.publicaffairs@international.gc.ca

Upcoming Events in the United Kingdom

  • Detail - Birds

    Canada Gallery, Canada House, London ¦ The first solo UK exhibition by Myfanwy MacLeod presents a selection of recent works alongside maquettes for public commissions. Revealing her process and interest in materiality, scale and meaning, these combine to embody the underlying playful humour of her practice while encompassing her ongoing interest in more profound environmental concerns.

  • Various Venues, Brighton ¦ The largest annual arts festival in England showcases a diverse range of shows, performances and artists from across the world, with several Canadians featured in this year’s lineup.

  • This exhibition showcases queer acts of resistance from history to the present and includes work from several talented Canadian artists.

  • The Maple Leaf, London ¦ A monthly social event with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at The Maple Leaf Pub, Covent Garden.

  • Snape Maltings, Suffolk ¦ Soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan is one of the Artists in Residence at the festival, along with composer Thomas Larcher and tenor Mark Padmore. Hannigan will curate concerts in the final week, performing four events with the Ludwig Orchestra from the Netherlands.

  • Various venues, London ¦ The ORIGINS Festival of First Nations includes several works that focus on Canadian Indigenous identities. Artists and activists from across the world converge in London for two weeks in a celebration of cultural resistance, environmentalism and spiritual tradition.

  • Sonny Assu: A Radical Mixing

    Canada Gallery, Canada House, London ¦ From sci-fi to superheroes, Sonny Assu investigates what it means to be an Indigenous Canadian today. His work is informed by a deep understanding of his heritage, radically remixing Kwakwaka’wakw iconography with western and pop aesthetics. Curated by The Baldwin and a part of Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival.

  • Temple Pier, London ¦ The annual Canada Day afternoon cruise on the Thames organized by the London Expat Canadian Meetup Group, featuring prizes and games.

  • Bader International Study Centre, East Sussex ¦ This year, the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) marks its 25th anniversary. Celebrations will be taking place over the Canada Day weekend, with all Castle and Queen’s alumni and their families invited to attend.

  • Hyde Park, London ¦ Celebrate Canada's national birthday in a family atmosphere in central London in one of the capital's most famous parks. Attendees are encouraged to bring games and a favourite Canadian treat.

  • Science and Industry Museum, Manchester ¦ The immersive audio-visual installation Atmospheric Memory, a major new commission by the Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, will be unveiled at the Science and Industry Museum as part of the 2019 Manchester International Festival.

  • Old Harlow, Essex ¦ Anyone with a connection to Memorial University’s Harlow Campus is invited to join in celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Join in commemorating a half-century of learning, discovery, adventure and friendship in the UK.

  • Royal Air Force Museum, London ¦ Canadian artist Bev Tosh has created artistic profiles of some of the thousands of war brides from Canada and the UK who met and married foreign airmen. The exhibit will be hosted in the art gallery of the Royal Air Force Museum until 2019.

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: academic.london@international.gc.ca.

4 and 6 Oct ¦ EduCanada Fair

Canada House, London ¦ Join us for this annual event giving students and parents in the UK a chance to learn more about options for post-secondary education in Canada.  This year’s events will feature a Postgraduate Studies Fair from 10am-3pm on Oct 4, followed by the Undergraduate Studies Fair from 9am-5pm on Oct 6.  Admission is free, but registration is required. Canadian institutions attending include:  Acadia, Bishop’s, Carleton, Concordia, Conestoga College, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, McGill, OCADU, Queen’s, Ryerson, St Mary’s University, UBC, Universities of Calgary, Guelph, Toronto, Waterloo, Whistler Adventure School and York.

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 LDN.PublicAffairs@international.gc.ca.

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.

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.

The application period is now a fixed time period, usually about 3 weeks long.  Applications cannot be accepted before or after this period.

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: The application period is now closed.

Trooping the Colour: The application period is now closed.

Royal Ascot: The application period is now closed.


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.

2019 dates

The application period is now closed.

Buckingham Palace
Wednesday, 15 May
Tuesday, 21 May
Wednesday 29 May

Holyroodhouse
Wednesday, 3 July

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) to LDN.publicaffairs@international.gc.ca. 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 reviewed for HRH The Duke of York, taking place the weekend beforehand.

Dates for 2019

Trooping the Colour, reviewed by HRH The Duke of York: Saturday, 1 June, 2019
Tickets to the review by HRH The Duke of York are £10.00 each.

Trooping the Colour, reviewed by HM The Queen: Saturday, 8 June, 2019
Tickets to Trooping the Colour, reviewed by the Queen are £40.00 each.

The application period is 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 include 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). Without these documents, your application will be considered incomplete. If you have an urgent requirement, you may contact us at LDN.affairespubliques@international.gc.ca.

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: 18-22 June, 2019

The application period is now closed.

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 Thursday 20 June, Friday 21 June or Saturday 22 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): £175.00/day
  • Junior (age 18-25) one day badge (Tuesday to Saturday): £115.00/day
  • Children (age 10-17) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday only: £30.00/day
  • Car parking: £45.00/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.


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Date Modified:
2019-05-14