Chelmsford City Council

Get involved with our summer festivals

There are lots of ways to get involved in events organised by Chelmsford City Events, which include the 3foot People Festival, Fling Festival, SWFest, City Photo Competition, Older People’s Information Day, Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration, and the Discovery Festival.

We offer opportunities to:

  • Those wishing to be part of the event crew
  • sponsors
  • performers and activity providers
  • food and beverage traders
  • non-food traders

Stewards and crew

Apply to be a steward

We usually recruit stewards and crew in the spring, ready for our festival season from June to August.


Volunteers

Apply to be volunteer

We hope that you’re enthusiastic, hands on and keen to get involved. In return, we’ll ensure a worthwhile experience with a dedicated team. There is also free tea and coffee, and free entry to the event you’re working at (where applicable).

Volunteer applications for our 2020 events programme are now open, so you can apply now.

 

Your involvement

We’ll want to get to know you before the event takes place, so we will invite you for a chat with one of the team. This will also give you a chance to ask any questions you might have. 

From here, we’ll keep in contact with you to confirm days and hours that you’re available. 


Roles 


Information point staff

In this role, you would be dealing with our festival-goer enquiries, such as timing of performances and locations, as well as overseeing lost property items. 

 

Recycling and waste 

This role includes keeping our site spic and span, something we try to be extra good at.

 

Welcoming guests

As part of this role, you could be: 

  • the first friendly face for our guests, welcoming them to the event and possibly VIP areas
  • helping our festival goers off the bus and directing them to the festival entrance
  • assisting with any enquiries they might have

 

Stage hand

Some of our performers like a bit of extra help, so this role can include sweeping of the stage in between performances and attending to backstage areas.

 

Production support 

Sometimes, the team could use an extra pair of hands when it comes to guestlists and production running. 

These are examples of some of the roles we may ask you to assist with. Our events can be very different and therefore roles can vary. Also, the roles depend on you and what you are keen to be involved in. If you have desired skills you think we’d benefit from, do let us know in your application.

 

What you’ll receive in return

Our friendly, organised team can provide a great space to learn and develop skills and gain valuable experience. Expect tea, coffee and refreshments, and depending on your hours, we’re able to provide a meal voucher. If we’re pleased with your experience with us, we’re happy to provide references for future positions.


Travel expenses 

Sadly, we’re unable to pay travel expenses, but some of our events accommodate for free parking if you drive. 


Interviews

We don’t hold formal interviews for these volunteer roles. Instead, think of it as more of a friendly chat. We just want to get to know you, and hope that you want to get to know us too. 


Age restrictions 

You can volunteer with us if you are 16 or over. The only exception to this is Fling festival, which is strictly over 18s only. 

 

Our events can be very different so if you have any queries, you can contact us.

We bring a diverse range of unique events to Chelmsford, working with local industry professionals to produce memorable experiences for our audiences.

Our portfolio includes the 3foot People FestivalFling FestivalSWFestOlder People’s Information Day and the City Photo Competition.

It’s important for us to work creatively with our sponsors and partners. We want to make sure their experience is integrated into the event environment and is not just a corporate branding exercise. Our approach leads to more positive results for your brand, by creating a memorable and unique connection with your target audience.

Benefits of sponsoring our events include:

  • enhancing the profile of your company and raising name awareness
  • strengthening relationships with the local community
  • getting in front of your target market
  • reconnecting with customers and engaging with a new audience
  • entertaining your clients

If you would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities, you can call 01245 606987 or contact us online.

We want to hear from you if you are a:

  • performer or activity provider
  • food and beverage trader
  • non-food trader

Each year we run an application process to find suppliers for our summer festivals. You can check out specific event pages for more information. 

If applications for your preferred event are closed, you can contact City Events to tell us about your offer and follow us on social media to stay updated.

Next year promises to be a big year in the county with the Essex 2020: Year of Science and Creativity culminating in the prestigious British Science Festival coming to Chelmsford. 

The City Events team will be working with Ignite Chelmsford and the wider community to support this exciting programme of events.

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