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What You Can and Can't Bring


We don’t allow food or drink to be brought into the Nocturne Concert Area. If you wish to bring your own picnic, there is an area outside the Nocturne Concert Area, but within the palace grounds, where picnics can be consumed before the concert.

Please note, if you are bringing a picnic hamper, you must either empty it or return it to your car before you enter the Nocturne Concert Area.  
There will be bars and a selection of food stalls that cater for all tastes and budgets, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. A list of all our food vendors will be available closer to the event. For customers with specific dietary requirements that we don’t cater for, we do allow a reasonable amount of food to be brought into the Nocturne Concert Area for personal consumption. This must be confirmed in advance of the concert by emailing [email protected].

Please note, we do allow sealed bottles of water up to 750ml to be brought into the Nocturne Concert Area and free water is available at the bars.


Please pack light and keep your belongings to a minimum. To maximise the safety of everyone attending Nocturne Live, all customers will be subject to a thorough security check when they arrive. 
Please be patient if there are queues and familiarise yourself with the below prohibited items before you arrive to avoid unnecessary delays at the security checks. 


Umbrellas are not allowed within the Great Court Seating Area as these will obstruct the view for other guests. 


There are certain items that are not permitted into the event or specifically The Great Court seating area. Do not bring any of the following:

  • Chairs (however, you can bring a blanket for the grass)
  • Alcohol
  • Food and drink (except sealed water bottle up to 750ml)
  • Glass
  • Cameras, film or video equipment with a lens greater than 6inches
  • Unrecognisable substances or medication without a doctor’s note or prescription
  • Drones
  • Dogs (with the exception of registered assistance dogs)

For the enjoyment and safety of others we also reserve the right to stop the following items from coming into the event:

  • Any item which we reasonably deem may cause danger, offence or disruption to any other person (for example: large sound systems, fireworks)
  • Any item which may be used as a weapon (for example: kitchen knives, corrosive substances)

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