Event Management Toolkit

Council is committed to supporting event organisers within Ards and North Down to plan, manage and deliver successful and safe events.  Our Toolkit contains information and guidance that will assist you in organising your event.


  • Event Management Guide

This guide contains information on all aspects of events planning, including statutory responsibilities such as applying for required licences, road closures, health and safety and a host of other helpful advice and tips for planning and managing an event.

The Guide can be viewed here:  How To Manage Your Event Guide (adobe.com)

  • Event Management Plan Template
  • Risk Assessment Template
  • Council Land Request Form

(documents can be downloaded below)


The Council also offer funding for events held within the Borough. These funding streams are open for application at various times throughout the year. Please visit our Grants page to check out what funding you may be eligible to apply for:

Ards and North Down Borough Council Grants

Tourism NI Events Webinars

Get advice on running events, events marketing and how to enhance experiences for your visitors with Tourism NI's courses, events, masterclasses, business insights, roadshows and workshops that run throughout the year. Visit Tourism NI's website for more information:

Tourism NI Events Webinars

What's On

For an overview of local events taking place in the Borough check out our whats on guide via this link: What's On in Ards and North Down

If you have any queries about organising an event, please contact the Tourism Events Team on: events@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

HEART AND SOUL - A Strategic Direction for Ards and North Down 2021 - 2026

People are the very 'heart and soul' of events and Ards and North Down is blessed with passionate communities and professionals who want to deliver outstanding events. The vision of the Council's Corporate Plan is that Ards and North Down is a vibrant, connected, healthy, safe and prosperous place to be. We recognise that events play a key part in delivering social, cultural and economic outcomes to meet that vision. Events bring people together, mark key milestones and create memories. Events can also share and showcase the Borough's rich culture, heritage and natural built assets.

The purpose of the HEART AND SOUL Strategic Direction is to illustrate how events can help meet the strategic objectives outlined in the Borough's Big Plan, Corporate Plan, Integrated Arts and Heritage Strategy and Integrated Tourism, Regeneration and Economic Development Strategy.

You can view the document here: HEART AND SOUL