The shortlist for the National Outdoor Events Association Awards 2018 has been announced.

The 15th annual NOEA Convention and Awards Dinner will be held in the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms, Bath on November 21.

Susan Tanner, NOEA’s chief executive, said: “This year saw an increase in detailed entries, many deserving to be a finalist. Consequently, our judges had a hard job to decide on the three or four shortlisted in each category today.”

The 2018 event is themed ‘It Could Never Happen to Me’, and will see DS Louise Wilson and DCC Ben-Julian Harrington from Operation Gothic, address the subject in two of the sessions.

A.C.T (National) Ltd will welcome Bev Osborne, Training 4 Resilience, a specialist in training for emergency response at events, to host a workshop style session for delegates.

The speakers will follow on from the keynote address by Dick Tee of EnteeTainment, who will share experiences from across his illustrious career. The convention will also include a number of panel discussions as well as personal experiences from event organisers on ‘It Could Never Happen to Me’.

The full awards listing is below:


Best Practice Award

Revival Productions Ltd (Classic Ibiza Concerts), eat:Festivals

Caterer of the Year Award

Wilde Kitchen, Tuk Tuk Café,belistore

Event Innovation of the Year Award

Event Genius Ltd, SimpliWiFi, Stadium TM

Event of the Year Award

Vicar’s Picnic, The Leeds Castle 49thAnniversary Classical Concert, Party at The Palace, Tom Kerridges Pub in the Park

Event Organiser of the Year Award

Gill Tee and Deb Shilling – Black Deer Festival, Wild Rumpus, The Parks Trust, Bev and Sarah Milner Simmonds

Event Supplier of the Year – Infrastructure

2CL Group, SimpliWiFi, Portakabin, FineLine Lighting

Event Supplier of the Year – Services

Catered by Justin, Coop, LiveStyled, Green Goblet

Event Team of the Year Award

We Are The Fair, Black Deer Festival, People’s Postcode Lottery, Revival Productions ltd (Classic Ibiza Concerts)

Large Festival of the Year Award

The Leeds Castle 40th Anniversary Classical Concert, eat:Festivals, Bournemouth 7s Festival, Cowal Highland Gathering

Medical Provider of the Year Award

SE Medical, Festimed

PR Campaign of the Year

Timber Festival, Glastonbury Abbey, Aberdeen City Council City Events

Production Partnership Year Award

We are Placemaking with Grosvenor Estates

LiveStyled with Barclaycard

Redwood Event Solutions with Tom Kerridges Pub in the Park

Timber Festival

Small Event of the Year

Dunstable Town Council, Smoked and Uncut, Dangerous Dad’s Network

Small Festival of the Year

EDF Festival, Just So Festival, World Yoga Festival

Sporting Event of the Year Award

Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental/Ryder Cup,  Bournemouth 7s Festivals

Student Event of the Year

Bournemouth University: Fusion Festival: Abracadabra – Benefitting CoppaFeel! UK

University of Gloucestershire Final Year Event Management Students with Clair Greenaway & John Lannon

Haven Events – Victoria Greenhall (project manager)Derby University

Best New Event Award

Black Deer Festival (Gill Tee & Deb Shilling)

Timber Festival, Slam Dunk Festival

Glastonbury Abbey, Liverpool Bordeaux Wine Festival

The NOEA Scotland Tribute Award

Aberdeen City Council City Events

Party at The Palace, EDF Festival