Business Events & Festivals Seminar 2018

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Date and Time


The Shore, Loch Lomond Shores


Tuesday 25th September 10 am to 4pm
at The Shore, Loch Lomond, Ben Lomond Way, Balloch G83 8QL


The European Championships came to Balloch this summer. Over one billion people across the world watched the sports and saw iconic Loch Lomond as a magnificent backdrop to the Open Water Swimming competitions. To complement the loch-side activity, Balloch held its first local cultural festival for over 30 years and its first ever carnival parade.

How can we capitalise on this experience? This seminar will share tools, tips and know-how of event strategy, development and delivery. It will look at what events and festivals of different scales can bring to an area and the evidence of positive and negative impacts. We’ll also look ahead to 2020 Year of Coast and Waters.  

The focus of the morning will be evidence-based from local and national events. In the afternoon we’ll hear about several event and festival success stories from the people who have created and developed them. 



Arrivals, registration and refreshments


Welcome and Introduction – Stuart Mearns, Director of Rural Development and Planning, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park


Learnings from the European Championships 2018
Speaker from Glasgow 2018


Evidence from Festival 2018: Balloch Loch Lomond and Great Scottish Swim – Carol Matthews, Visitor Experience Manager & Charlie Croft, Tourism Adviser, LLTNPA Tourism Team


Morning coffee/teas       


Themed Years:
Year of Coast and Waters 2020
Year of Scotland’s Stories 2022
VisitScotland’s new delivery model with a short introduction to the  2020 theme plus ES funding opportunity followed by Q&A.


Speedy workshop, facilitated by LLTNPA:
Themed years - working together to maximise opportunities and develop the destination.


A quick show-round of The Shore – the new events venue offering space for conferences, weddings and events for up to 200 guests.

 13.10 - 14.00

Lunch and networking


Tiree Music Festival  10th Anniversary


Strathard – a fresh approach


Callander - Jazz Fest  and Summer Fest


Conclusion and wrap up – further support & contacts - LLTNPA


Close /departures



Event organised by Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park in association with Love Loch Lomond and supported by the Scottish Enterprise Tourism Development Destination Fund aimed at developing tourism business opportunities and the local economy.

The funding support enables this event to be held at the restricted fee level of just £15:00 inc VAT

Contact details:
TO BOOK YOUR PLACE: contact Margaret Gallacher
Or call: Direct: 01389 727703
Programme queries: Charlie Croft
Mobile: 07805 750203
Venue queries: The Shore: 01389 488 884