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Event safety

When large groups of people gather for events, it can become dangerous. Whilst large sports grounds are covered by comprehensive safety legislation, many public events are not covered by specific safety controls.

Event organisers must make sure that they comply with the various legal requirements relating to events attended by the public.

Wiltshire's Event Safety Advisory Group (ESAG)  wants to help event organisers to independently organise safe and successful events.  Find out more about the ESAG via Wiltshire's Event Safety Advisory Group (ESAG).

Guidance for organising an event during COVID-19

Please see the important information and guidance regarding organising an event during COVID-19 on our Licensing Act 2003 overview page.

The Purple Guide - guide to health, safety and welfare at music and similar events Health, Safety and Welfare at Music and Other Events (opens new window)

Managing Crowds Safely - HSE guide for events and venues Health and Safety Executive: Managing crowds safely (opens new window)

Organising Fireworks Displays Health and Safety Executive: Organising firework displays (opens new window)

Guide to safety at sports grounds.(The Green Guide) Sports Grounds Safety Authority: Guide to safety (opens new window)

Fairgrounds and amusement parks - HSE guidance Health and Safety Executive: Fairgrounds and amusement parks: Guidance on safe practice PDF (opens new window)

Home Office - Good Practice Safety Guide Home Office: The Good Practice Safe (opens new window) 

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