The White House Gilwell Park

Venue closure announcement

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Important update. Gilwell Park venue closure announcement.


The event, conference and hotel  facilities on the Gilwell Park estate exists to provide a financial contribution to The Scouts and enable the work of the movement in giving young people Skills for Life. Due to the huge financial impact COVID-19 has had on Gilwell Park, the business is no longer viable and we’ve been forced to make the difficult decision to close the venue. There will no longer be any weddings and private events, conferencing or hotel stays at Gilwell Park.


The team have been working relentlessly behind the scenes to ensure all guests are contacted, either by phone or email and are refunded in reasonable time. If you have any specific questions or haven't yet been contacted about a booking or hotel stay, the quickest way to get in touch is by emailing Please bear with us whilst we work through this challenging time.


Everyone at Gilwell Park is sorry to see the venue closing. Looking ahead, the site will continue to be used for helping young people from across the UK and around the world develop skills they can use for the rest of their lives.

We would like to express how professional, attentive and supportive the whole team were throughout. From the beginning until the event completion, they were all phenomenal.

We are so proud of our event and how it went. The food was so tasty and we got great compliments.

Wellness day (Events)

Gilwell Park estate was purchased in early 1919 by William De Bois Maclaren, a publisher and Scout Commissioner from Rosneath, Dunbartonshire, Scotland. During a business trip to London, Maclaren was saddened to see that Scouts in the East End had nowhere suitable to have amazing outdoor adventures. Maclaren bought the estate for the Scout Association. P.B. Nevill, Scout Commissioner for the East End first took his Rover Scouts to begin repairing the estate on 17 April 1919 and it was officially opened on 26 July 1919.


The White House today serves as a versatile event venue and hotel. Any income generated goes back into supporting Scouting in the UK, changing the lives of young people.

‘From start to finish the whole experience was friendly, efficient and professional. The feedback from all attendees has been extremely complimentary, with all complimenting the range of activities - and the patience of the instructors - the great food and location and the friendliness of the whole Gilwell team. Thank you for a great couple of days.’

Blacks Outdoor Retail (Events)

Investors in People

With 30 years of experience as event specialists and having supported thousands of people to make their events happen, it's our pleasure to help turn dreams into reality.


Our team ensure that we deliver first class customer service and attention to detail is of the highest priority.


Investors in PeopleWe hold an Investors in People Gold accreditation. The accreditation is a sign that we are a great employer, an outperforming place to work with a clear commitment to sustainability. Something we’re very proud of.


Gilwell Park London is owned and managed by The Scouts. For over 100 years, we've delivered opportunities and activities to millions of young people. We're founded on our famous Scout Values and are proud to offer our expertise to a new generation of young people. All income we generate goes back into Scouting to change lives in the UK.