Entries are now open to for the outdoor event industry’s premier awards evening – the NOEA Awards.

The awards take place on the evening of the NOEA Convention in Bath, November 21, with 18 categories for event organisers to enter.

Taking place at the historic Pump Rooms in the city, the awards will follow theme of ‘It Could Never Happen to Me’.

There is no fee for entering the NOEA Awards and businesses and individuals have until 24th August to submit their entry into one of the categories which include a new ‘Best New Outdoor Event’ option.

Each category will recognise different sectors of the outdoor events industry and will also include a judge’s award and a President’s Award for outstanding achievements throughout the year.

There will also be the return of the ‘I’ award, launched two years ago for Michael Eavis and recognizing high levels of innovation that have shaped the events industry.

“The standard of entries continues to get better every year and we’re expecting some really great competition from some exceptional events and event businesses,” said Alistair Turner, Chair of the Judging Committee.

“Many of the winners have gone on to achieve even more extraordinary things in the last year, and our ‘I’ award for the City of Manchester was exceptionally well received in the aftermath of the One Love concert.”

“These awards are all about recognizing the very best in the industry, and the winners join a long list of exceptional people and companies that have shaped the industry we’re in today,” said Susan Tanner, CEO, National Outdoor Events Association.

“The evening itself will once again be very special, based in the heart of Bath, in the historic Pump Rooms, we hope to be once again surrounded by the best of the best.”

James Heappey MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events, pictured, addressed guests in 2017 and is expected to return this year.