Community events

Holding an event in your community can be a great way to get local people together to celebrate, raise funds or just enjoy entertainment and each other’s company. If you are thinking of organising an event such as a fete, family fun day, live music concert or street party, there is a lot of good information and advice available to help you ensure your event is safe and well organised.

Health and safety

Almost every event goes off without a hitch, but it is vital that you plan ahead for emergencies and other considerations. Things to think about and plan for, for any event even if it is small, include (not an exhaustive list):

  • Fire safety
  • crowd management
  • food safety
  • any licences you might need
  • traffic
  • noise
  • security
  • first Aid
  • lost children and vulnerable adults
  • weather

For advice and information around all aspects of organising and running your event safely, visit the Suffolk Resilience website which includes links to advice for all sizes and locations of events from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Events licences

If you are intending to provide or sell alcohol, put on entertainment or close a road as part of your event, you will need a licence from us to be able to do so. Details of what these are and how to apply for them can be found through the links below:

If you would like to contact the Families and Communities team about your event, please email

Finding groups and events near you

Your local paper, free local magazines and community noticeboards are great places to find out what’s going on in your area.

You can also visit our Tourist information page. Additionally, the websites below also offer information about what’s on in west Suffolk:

Suffolk InfoLink also offers information on what’s on in your area, from health support groups to social and community activities.