Whirligig Festival scoops National Outdoor Events Award

November 2019

Theatre Orchard’s Summer arts festival ‘Whirligig!’ has been awarded a top, industry accolade that recognises the very best of companies, support services and people within the world of outdoor events.
‘Whirligig!’, a fiesta of stunning outdoor entertainment held at Weston’s Italian Gardens in July, scooped the National Outdoor Event Association (NOEA) ‘Small Event of the Year’ Award, which was sponsored by People’s Postcode Lottery.
The Awards were celebrated during an exclusive gala dinner in Bath’s stunning Pump Rooms, with guests attending from all over the UK and a prestigious panel of judges supported by representatives from across the industry.
Fiona Matthews, creative director at Theatre Orchard, said: “We are delighted and immensely proud to have won a highly coveted NOEA Award. We are a small, passionate team committed to making extraordinary arts accessible to all and bringing a unique blend of world-class performances and home-grown talent to ‘Whirligig!’ We are looking forward to showcasing another fantastic, free spectacle next year for everyone to enjoy, which will be held at the Italian Gardens on 11 July, so save the date!”
Tom Clements, President of NOEA said: “Once again, the awards have picked out some of the biggest names, and some of the hidden gems, that this great industry seems to bring up every single year. It was a brilliant night, and every winner should be justly proud of their achievements.”
Susan Tanner, CEO of NOEA said: “At NOEA we represent the very best events companies and individuals who make these awards so well respected internationally.”
‘Whirligig!’ Festival was one of five outdoor events in Weston-super-Mare shortlisted in the NOEA Awards, with The Weston Beach Race also being recognised at the ceremony and winning the ‘Sporting Event of the Year’ Award.
‘Whirligig!’ is supported by Without Walls, England’s biggest network of outdoor arts festivals. Theatre Orchard is a partner in Without Walls, working with festivals and artists and bringing fantastic outdoor arts to people in towns and cities across the UK.

For more information about Theatre Orchard and ‘Whirligig!’ see theatreorchard.org.uk.