Paul. A. Rabbitts    

Author, Parks Historian & Public Speaker

Thanks for visiting!

Welcome to my website. I do hope you find it interesting, whether to book me as a speaker, look at my books or wanting to share my strange fascination with Victorian bandstand architecture. I have put this together really to promote my real passions in life which are wonderful legacy of public parks and the bandstands that often used to lie within them or in many cases still do. As a result of what many think are somewhat odd things to be into, I have written a number of books as well as developing the ultimate database of bandstands in the UK. I haven't yet decided whether I am bold enough to go global. Maybe one day. I now also have a new website promoting the use of the bandstand - all on here. 

The book writing is progressing and now have 8 published with "Great British Parks - A Celebration" - celebrating 20 years of HLF restoration projects and Green Flag Awards just released. A 9th is underway with discussions going well with Historic England on a cultural history of the bandstand around their usage and architectural heritage, as well as one on Great Parks, Great Designers - a celebration of our renowned and less well known park designers - from Paxton to J,J. Sexby of the London County Council. These both excite me! I am also considering one on the life of Decimus Burton, one of our greatest architects. Not much written about him but he is a fascinating man. 

I have been working on an initiative to bring bandstands back to life through my sister website, www.bookabandstand.com which I formally launched in May 2015. I have also launched a new Community Interest Company (CIC) called Pavilions for Music CIC with the sole aim of preserving and sustaining the heritage of public entertainment in our public spaces, now and into the future. The database of contacts is certainly proving useful with good feedback. However, at the end of the day it is up to Local Authorities to take ownership of these once again.