Southampton City Council welcomes event applications in-line with COVID-19 Guidelines

Southampton City Council are currently taking applications for events on council land in-line with the Government’s COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021 plan and relevant guidance

As the city gears up to bid to become the UK City of Culture 2025, the publication of the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ guidelines and the introduction of the safe return of events in the city is a huge opportunity for Southampton to celebrate the wealth of culture available and showcase the city’s diversity. 

The Event Application Process 

PrideWe have a series of measures in place to ensure any events held in Southampton are safe for organisers, residents and visitors to the city, and each event application will be assessed on a case by case basis, based on the risks at the time of the event. 

Once your completed application and documentation has been received, it will be distributed to the Events Safety Advisory Group, to ensure the event will be conducted in a safe way. This group consists of representatives from Public Health, Police, Fire and Ambulance services as well as other relevant Council departments such as Licensing and Highways.

Depending on the size, nature and duration, some events may be referred to the Health Protection Board (HPB); a new multi-partnership board that has been introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of Southampton’s Outbreak Control Plan although a final decision on whether an event can take place rests with the City Council. 

Note that your plans and assessments may need to be reviewed and amended to comply and adhere with any changes in government guidelines and local restrictions in place at the time of your event. We are unable provide event organisers assurances that the City Council will be able to permit events on its land and even when permission has been granted this may need to be revoked based upon Government guidance and Public Health advice available nearer the time of the event to help prevent the spread of infection. 

Southampton for your next event 

MarathonSouthampton boasts some great locations and more than 50 parks and green spaces to hold events, some of which are located right in the heart of the city centre. Southampton’s Guildhall Square is well known as the Cultural Quarter of the city and the space itself has played host to many events, installations and exhibitions. Above Bar Pedestrian Precinct, Bargate Monument and Guildhall Square are all popular locations for promotions and experiential marketing activities. 

Teamed with great transport links (including an airport a short drive away) and a dedicated event support team that can help to guide you through the event organisation process, Southampton should be considered your first port of call for any large-scale event opportunities. 

Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Homes and Culture at Southampton City Council, said: “As the city gears up to bid to become the UK City of Culture 2025 we are excited to be welcoming the safe return of events in Southampton. We are known as a city for our large-scale events and we can’t wait to see communities and visitors coming together again, albeit in a COVID secure way, to enjoy everything the city has to offer.” As a general rule, a minimum 12 weeks’ notice for your event is required. 

More information for event organisers, and the application form to apply to hold your event in Southampton