Whatever the Weather: Tips For Outdoor Events

If you went into any pub, bar or cafe around the UK this past summer, the topic was the same: the weather. And more precisely, the non-stop rain that plagued the events calendar, causing issues for attendees and organisers alike.

From Wimbledon to the Diamond Jubilee, virtually every major UK event was affected. Festivals that usually sell out were under capacity, with punters staying away for fear of a mud bath.

While there’s nothing we can do about the rain, plenty can be done to ensure it doesn’t get in the way of a good time. Here are some tips for starters:

  • They say there’s no such thing as bad weather – only unsuitable clothing. At the risk of sounding like your mum, remember a waterproof when heading out! When the weather’s bad, vanity goes out of the window…so why not go the whole hog and take wellies and waterproof trousers as well (essential if you’re going to a festival) – you’ll be the envy of your bedraggled companions.
  • Have an escape route. If you’re heading to a daytime event, agree on a nearby pub to meet at if you get split up, or it starts raining and you want to take cover.
  • Don’t let the weather put you off.  Rather than cancelling completely, why not amend your plan to incorporate an indoor stop if you don’t want to be stuck outside all day.
  • If you’re camping at a festival, take a gazebo. Get everyone to chip in so it will only be a few quid each, having somewhere undercover and communal will make all the difference.

Organising an event in the face of bad weather? It doesn’t have to be rained off!

  • Plan ahead and ensure there’s an indoor space you can utilise should bad weather hit.
  • If you’re reliant on outdoor areas that are going to get muddy once guests are onsite, wood chips and hay will help you soak up the sludge.
  • Ensure there’s ample storage for soaking umbrellas, coats, wellies, etc.
  • Hard wearing, event-standard gazebos are inexpensive to purchase or hire. You can make them decorative by hanging fairy lights and bunting.
  • Having hot drinks on hand for soggy guests will soothe the chill.

Have you outsmarted the weather at an event you organised? Tell us know!

Happy event-ing, rain or shine!