Summer Outdoor Events

We’re now nearly into July, which means the start of the summer events season is already upon us!

Cannon Bridge Roof Garden

Festival season is on our doorstep with Glastonbury this weekend and other festivals already having happened, as well as the start of some of the great outdoor events that are happening in London this year, such as Brick Lane Comedy Festival. So what’s stopping you from taking your event outdoors?

The weather is too unpredictable and it’s too risky!

The weather plays a massive part in an outdoor event and living in the UK means you’re subject to unpredictable weather. Waterlogged grounds, flooding and heavy winds can cause difficulties in the preparation and breakdown of an event, as well as the implications it has to the event itself. There are ways however to make the blow of bad weather a little softer. It is very important to prioritise weather contingency into planning, so why not create a Weather Action Plan? By looking at possible weather conditions for the day(s) of event and creating an action plan for any last minute changes, you can follow it simply and effectively without running into any trouble on the day(s)!

An indoor venue seems a better option!

Holding an event outdoors can give a different feel and dimension to an event, and there are plenty of outdoor venues around the UK and further afield which can be explored! The range of outdoor venues available are from countryside gardens and fields to inner city rooftops. Hilton London Wembley is a particular favourite for city people looking to hold their event outside. On the 9th floor is SkyBar-9 which features an open-air terrace overlooking Wembley Stadium. If you’re willing to travel for your event, why not head over to Slane Castle in Ireland? The venue is popular for large and small outdoor events, with the choice of hiring the castle grounds for a small gathering or the 100,000 seated natural amphitheatre for much larger gatherings!

I don’t know what kind of catering will be suitable!

Picnic by the lake at Blenheim Palace

You may not know, but there are restrictions on the kind of food you can serve at an outdoor event. Especially during the summer when it can be humid, it is wise to look up on the hazards that certain foods can provide.. And don’t forget about insects! Food is the main attraction for pests, but with a bit of planning they are easy to tackle. Place some bowls containing sugary water in different locations of the event to keep insects at bay. If you don’t want to disrupt the elegance of an event, instead use decorative mesh lids to cover platters.

 

If you thought having an outdoor event would be challenging, you were right. However, it can easily be planned and enjoyable if correctly prepared beforehand! By having a detailed back up plan, it’s like having a safety net underneath you, and it can easily be followed and executed if anything was to go wrong at your outdoor event. Take the plunge and organise your event outdoors!

Happy Planning! 🙂

P.S If you need any help give us a call on 0844 8709963 or email us at help@top-venues.co.uk and we’ll be happy to lend a hand.

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