NOEA announce awards shortlist 2018


The shortlist for the prestigious National Outdoor Events Association Awards 2018 has been announced. The 15th annual NOEA Convention and Awards Dinner will be held in Roman Baths and Pump Rooms, Bath on November 21 and 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.”

Alistair Turner, head judge and managing director of EIGHT PR & Marketing, said: “The quality of entry once again took a step forward and the introduction of Best New Event produced some amazing applications. The strength of entries was excellent and seeing some events come back shows commitment to the awards.”

Joining Alistair on the judging panel were Andy McNicholl. City Events Manager for Liverpool Council, Rachel Baker, Head of Marketing, GL events UK, and Sally Piggott, Head of Festivals, UK for Eventbrite.

NOEA is the UK’s leading outdoor events trade association fights the events industry’s corner with campaigns ranging from tackling police costs to calling for a ban on Chinese lanterns due to the danger to life, livestock and land.


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

As part of the ‘It Could Never Happen to Me’ theme, 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 from multiple industry award winner Dick Tee, EnTEEtainment, who will share his own experiences of ‘It Could Never Happen to Me’ 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’.

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(Featured Image: Peter Jack, NOEA Awards MC opens up the 2017 event

Full Awards Listing

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

Adam is the co-founder and editor of Adam, a technology evangelist also organises Event Tech Live, Europe’s only show dedicated to event technology and the Event Technology Awards. Both events take place in November, London.