The Festival and Outdoor Events Show (Festout) is just around the corner, taking place next Wednesday and Thursday, 26-27 September, at Sandown Park Race Course in Surrey.

Festout is a two-day exhibition focusing on the festival and outdoor events market. The show covers a vast spectrum of events including sport, culture, airshows, fayres, community and public events, agencies and many more.

Forecasts are predicting two days of bright Autumn sunshine, and there’ll be plenty of business opportunities to be had on the showfloor.

If you haven’t already signed up for the show, you can do so here:

In this article, we’ll be taking a quick look at some of the highlights visitors can expect to find at the show next week.


‘The Krowd’ app

Event networking app The Krowd will be coming to Festout courtesy of Krowdthink, who were one of the winners of our Pitch for Your Pitch competition back in August.

The Krowd lets users connect with other like-minded people at a venue, show space or festival, displaying those in the area.

It emphasises the importance of privacy, and that it does not supply information to third parties. The app is intended to help foster new networking relationships, and also lets delegates provide instant feedback to event organisers.



Among some of the exhibitor highlights at Festout will be, who will be offering a bottle of champagne to whoever can hit nearest to the bullseye with their garm gun on stand PR51.

There will be some eye-catching creations from botanical set designers Event Trees at B25, as well as a chance to win a Nintendo Switch from First Call Crew at their event dome on stand OS73.

Cashless experts tappit will be offering complimentary coffee cups on stand D26, while last but not least the Access All Areas team will be taking up residence on stand C58. Stop in to come and say hi to the team behind the mag (including myself!).



There will be plenty of seminars throughout the two days of Festout, including advice from A Greener Festival on how to reduce the environmental impact of outdoor events. The TechFest stage will play host to a panel on innovation and the customer experience at 2pm on Wednesday.

Access editor Tom Hall will also be joining Festival Safe director Jon Drape for a discussion on festival safety at 1:30pm on the main stage on Thursday.


The after-party

Finally, make sure you don’t miss the after-party at the end of the first day, from 17:00-22:30 on Wednesday 26 September.

There will be live music, DJs, complimentary drinks and entertainment throughout the evening. This will come after a free drinks session on Access’ stand C58, where you can catch up with organisers, exhibitors, suppliers and fellow eventprofs.

The show will be jam-packed with business opportunities, insightful seminars, and fun in equal measure. We hope to see you there next Wednesday!