From festivals to a world-renowned heritage attraction, the winners of the 15th annual National Outdoor Events Association Awards have been announced, following an exclusive gala dinner in Bath’s Pump Rooms.

Bournemouth 7s Festival scooped both the Large Festival of the Year Award and Sporting Event of the Year. The judges said: “We liked the idea of merging a sportingevent with a festival, adding a wider message of making sport fun for everyone. It was a unique spin on a sporting event and enabled more people to get involved.”

The panel of judges was led by Alistair Turner, managing director of EIGHT PR and Marketing; he was joined by Andy McNicholl, city events manager for Liverpool Council, Sally Piggott, head of festivals, UK for Eventbrite, Gill Tee from entertee, and Rachel Baker, GL events UK.

Glastonbury Abbey and Liverpool Bordeaux Wine Festival took Best New Event with the judges award.


Best Practice Award: eat:festivals

Caterer of the Year Award: Belistore

Event Innovation of the Year Award: SimpliWifi

Event of the Year Award Tom Kerridges Pub in the Park

Event Organiser of the Year Award: Gill Tee and Deb Shilling – Black Deer Festival.

Event Supplier of the Year – Infrastructure– SimpliWiFi.

Event Supplier of the Year – Services – Catered by Justin.

Event Team of the Year Award: We Are The Fair

Large Festival of the Year Award: Bournemouth 7s Festival,

PR Campaign of the Year: Timber Festival,

Medical Provider of the Year: Festimed Limited.

Production Partnership Year Award: We are Placemaking with Grovesnor Estate