Planning Your Event
Planning Your Event
Why Events? Fermanagh and Omagh District Council deliver and support a wide range of events across the region throughout the year. Events provide an opportunity for the residents, community and business to come together to showcase the wonderful district of Fermanagh and Omagh and bring our parks, greens, open spaces, villages and town centres to life. Events can fall into many categories including Cultural, Arts and Heritage, Leisure and Sport, Community, Environment and more. Each event will have its individual objectives, however, they all form part of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Corporate Plan and the 2030 Community Plan. https://www.fermanaghomagh.com/communityplanning/
- People and Communities – Events should increase attendance and participation in arts, cultural and heritage activities promoting creativity and wellbeing. Sporting events that increase participation and improve health and wellbeing outcomes may also be supported.
- Economy, Infrastructure and Skills – We support events that provide economic benefits to the local economy, promote tourism and the visitor experience. Community events should improve community cohesion, provide opportunities to participate and build capacity within the sector.
- The Environment – Events were appropriate should enhance the natural environment, built and cultural heritage and be sustainability managed.
How do you apply to hold an event on Council Outdoor property?
If you are holding an event on Council Outdoor property, before your event can take place, you need to contact the Council to apply for and be granted permission to use the site. The decision to grant permission may involve Estates, Licensing, Events or Parks section of the Council. To seek permission you MUST complete the Events Notification Form below.
Events Notification Form
In completing this form it will enable Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and key agencies can provide the permissions for Council OUTDOOR event space/estate use and correct level of support and guidance required. You or your organisation, club or department understand and agree that the information contained within this form will be shared across all relevant departments within Fermanagh and Omagh District Council. It will also be circulated to members of the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Safety Advisory Group (SAG) for the purpose of notifying key agencies (Emergency services and various departments) that an event is taking place. This form acts as the initial brief to highlight to members of the SAG the nature and size of your event which may require you to attend a SAG meeting to explain aspects of the event. Whilst this is an initial events notification of your event, please complete each section in as much detail as possible.
If you are holding an event in an INDOOR Council Facility/venue, speak with the Facility/venue directly about the process of booking and confirming your booking, and check that they have any licences in place that you may need for your event. (Omagh Leisure Complex, Lakeland Forum, Strule Arts Centre, Ardhowen Theater, Bawnacre Centre, Castle Park Centre etc)
There are increasing demands on event organisers, for this reason, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council have developed an Events Toolkit. This is a practical resource to help you run a successful and well-planned event within the district. It combines an essential set of principles, standards and guidelines with clear, concise information to help organisers deliver safe, well managed and high-quality events. Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Events Management Team are responsible for delivering many events throughout the year with large audiences and high level of community participation. The Events Management Team are working across the council and district to develop ways to improve current processes, develop skills, support peers and create new ways of working.
The Toolkit is a practical resource to help you through this process and sets out the key principles and procedures for organising an event. (download Events Toolkit below)
Council Outdoor Events and Festivals Spaces
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council have a number of sites that are available and suitable to hire for an outdoor events and festivals space. Please see the list below:
- Broadmeadow, Enniskillen
- Cottage Lawn, Belcoo
- The Round ‘O’, Enniskillen
- Forthill Park, Enniskillen
- Arleston Park, Omagh
- Grange Park, Omagh
- OASIS Plaza, Omagh
- Ecclesville Forest / Parkland, Fintona
- Gortin Glens Forest Park
- Area outside Sperrin Centre, Omagh
- Omagh Agricultural Mart (outdoor space only)
Please click here to view an interactive map of any outdoor space listed. Further site specific information will also be provided, such as; electrical points, water points, covered areas, comments and additional attachments. Simply type the location name in the search box at the top of the page.
Please note, additional Forest Service locations will be uploaded in due course.
The Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal to discriminate against anyone because of their “Protected Characteristics” (i.e. their race, gender, age or disability etc.). The legislation also makes it clear that event organisers must make “reasonable adjustments” to their plans to ensure that disabled people are not discriminated against. Please see Planning an Event- ‘how to make your Event more Accessible’ in the Events Toolkit. Eventbrite has also produced a UK Event Accessibility Guide 2017 which is available to download below.