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Organising an event in Allerdale

We are committed to supporting festivals and events in the borough, for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.

If you are planning to organise an event in Allerdale, you are responsible for the planning, organisation and operation of your event. The following information and links are here to help support and advise organisers of festivals and events to plan, prepare and safely manage their events, ensuring that they have everything in place that needs to be.


If your event requires safety advice from a number of services such as the polic and fire, it may be useful to seek guidance from the Event Advisory Group. Submit an event advisory from to the single point of contact at Cumbria County Council.

A Temporary Event Notice or a Premises Licence may be needed before your event can go ahead if it includes:

  • Alcohol
  • Live and/or recorded music
  • Performances (including plays/dance/film)
  • Boxing and/or wrestling

If you are planning to hold a festival or event on Allerdale Borough Council property, you will need to complete an event application form, which can be downloaded below. You need to send this form to us two months prior to the start of your event. A formal agreement will need to be in place before your event can take place which may incur a charge. 

Download the application form

A road closure may be necessary depending on the size and nature of your event. Please allow enough time to apply for your road closure and all costs must be covered by event organisers. 

Find out more information and apply for a Road Closure Order. 

We do have funding available to help with your festival. For more information, go to our funding page.

Active marketing of your festival or event raises awareness of it within your local community or further afield, encouraging people to attend and making your hard work a success. Activities you may want to consider include:

  • Social media
  • Posters/flyers
  • Press release
  • Event listings - newspapers & online

Please contact our events team on 0303 123 1702 if you would like any advice and guidance on how best to market your event.

If you feel you would benefit from training, the following organisations provide opportunities for organisers of festivals and events:

Evaluation can be useful to provide feedback to your funders and partners, which can ultimately help to justify future funding for events and will assist in planning for future events.

An organistion that may help you to evaluate your festival or event is:

There are lots of other groups and websites which can provide you with information and support in organising your event or festival, including:

If you would like any additional advice, please contact our events team on 0303 123 1702.

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