Sustainable Event Guidance For Active Outdoor Events

Guidance for the organisation of active outdoor events inside the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park have been produced to help ensure that the maximum benefit and enjoyment from events is achieved for everyone involved – and to minimise any related problems. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park have worked with Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum to produce Sustainable Events Guidance.

Pembrokeshire has become an increasingly important venue for outdoor recreational events in recent years. Triathlon event ‘Ironman Wales’ was hosted by Pembrokeshire for the fifth year running in 2015 and will be in Tenby again in 2016. In 2013, the event contributed an estimated £4 million to the local economy. In April 2014, the third annual Tour of Pembrokeshire road-cycling event took place with routes of 50, 75 or 100 miles in North West Pembrokeshire. Also Abereiddy’s Blue Lagoon was the venue for a round of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in 2012 and 2013 and will return in 2016.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Parks recognises the positive benefits that organised recreational events can bring by enriching people’s experience of the unique outdoor environment and contributing to the local economy.  However, it is important to ensure that any negative impacts such as increased coastal and inland erosion, disruption to wildlife and or local communities is minimised.  In addition, it is necessary to ensure that the high quality environment is a resource that can be enjoyed safely by a range of user groups.

The project is funded by Visit Wales’ Partnership for Growth (P4G) Fund, which promotes joint working and collaborative projects to help grow the tourism economy in a sustainable way in Wales.

The guidance is available to view here.