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Planning an event

Winchester is proud to host a range of events every year. From small community street parties through to large scale festivals, such as Boomtown. We work with organisers, statutory agencies and advisory panels to ensure that the events in our district are well-organised, safe and monitored for the benefit of the many residents, businesses and visitors we serve.

We've prepared some information which we hope will help make your event run smoothly and will offer you advice, guidance and support to make your event the very best. 

Things to consider:

  • Time & date – Check the City Council Events page, and Visit Winchester to see if there is anything else already happening on the date you are thinking of.
  • Location - We’ve included some useful information below about locations available in the Winchester district.
  • Licence - Finally, you need to check if you need a licence to hold your event. If you intend to sell alcohol, provide regulated entertainment or late night refreshment, you will require a premises licence or a temporary event notice, under the Licensing Act 2003.
  • Some event organisers will be invited to present their event to the Winchester District Safety Advisory Group (SAG).

Things to complete:

  • Event Management Plan âœ”
  • Traffic Management Plan âœ”
  • Public Liability Insurance âœ”

If you have any questions, please contact and you will be directed to the correct team. 

Below are some the key considerations when organising your event. More detailed advice is available from the side menu, including an 'Event Planning Toolkit' for those who may not have organised an event before and 'Event Management Guidance' for those needing more detailed advice on health and safety requirements. 


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