Insurance for Venues

Get it Covered

Dan Rose illustrates the importance of getting insurance cover right for function venue owners and event organisers. Whether you are the owner of a function venue holding weddings, or an event organiser putting on any […]

Stewards and Marshals

Visitor Management

Tally Wade talks to industry experts about successful visitor management – from planning to safety, controlling movement and making a good impression. Visitor management is a legal requirement of any event. In line with guidance […]

Storm Warning

When Storm Clouds Gather

Last November, as the rain grew heavier, Julie Whalley was starting to feel anxious about the Christmas event she was planning, but nothing could have prepared her for what happened next. Having been an event […]

Starry Skies

The Association of Independent Festivals

The Association of Independent Festivals provides a collective voice for the independent festival sector, representing members on a range of issues and pushing for positive change. National trade organisation The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) […]


Why Wi-Fi?

In this Q&A with Morgan Denton, Open Air Business learns that supplying Wi-Fi to an outdoor event is not about having the biggest aerial! How is Wi-Fi use changing at outdoor events? We have noticed […]


Safe, Profitable Events

Mark Laurie’s 10 point check list for success at outdoor events. When it comes to running a public event there is much you should know and do to ensure that it’s safe, legally compliant and, […]


Festival Glamping

More than just an extra revenue stream, to offer glamping accommodation at festivals opens up a whole new clientele writes Ian Hamilton. Ten years ago ‘glamping’ didn’t exist in the lexicon of hip-talk. There were […]


Forecast for Success

Jim Bacon believes that the outdoor hospitality industry can use modern meteorology to help minimise risk, maximise guest experience, plan resources and match visitor expectations to the weather of the season. All types of outdoor […]


Stage Specifics

Specifying a stage, writes Jane Russen of Star Events Ltd, requires careful consideration but it is nothing a good supplier can’t handle. Anywhere you want to bring together a number of people and focus their […]


Care Free Catering

There’s a whole raft of free services available to event organisers from the Nationwide Caterers Association, writes Mark Laurie. You may already have heard about the work the Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) undertakes to help […]


Estate Events

Simon Foster, director of Commercial Heritage, Savills, looks at how owners of historic houses and rural estates might maximise their revenue streams. The national contribution of historic houses – economically, culturally, socially and through education […]