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One of the main roles of a PTA is to hold events to build the school community and fundraise so there are plenty of tips in this section on putting on great events. To give you lots of guidance we’ve pulled together years of knowledge. Read more on fetes and fairs, as well as film nights, discos, fireworks, fun runs, and more.

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Guide to organising fairs and fetes

Step by step guide on how to organise all your fair whether it’s Christmas, Easter or summer!  Find out more

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Teen-appropriate fundraising ideas

Our secondary school members have given us their tried and tested recipes for event success take a look at these great ideas.  Find out more

What licences do I need to run a spring or summer fair?

It really depends on what you are doing at your fair as to what licences you’ll need. If you are serving alcohol you’ll probably need a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) and if you’re staging live amplified music or selling raffle tickets in advance, you may also need a music or lottery licence. Note: no music licence is needed for playing background music at the fete. Contact your local authority licencing team for more information and also check out our guides on licences.

How could the PTA Events platform help with organising and publicising our events?

With PTA Events you can publicise your event, sign up volunteers and sell tickets online. Maggie Flannigan from Friends of Three Rivers Academy told us "Quite simply, without PTA Events we wouldn’t consider organising an event like our recent colour run. It was absolutely invaluable when it came to monitoring numbers, pre-registering runners and taking payment for tickets." Click here to find out more and register for a PTA Events website.

What's the best way to organise cash floats for our upcoming event?

Some tricks of the trade to make this as simple as possible include: making every float the same; having simple £1 charges per stall or activity; keeping a copy of how you break down your floats so that you do not have to calculate the amounts at every event; giving the bank plenty of notice f when you need to the float and consider how cash counting aids can save you a lot of time both at the event and the bank. More useful tips can be found on our guide for PTA Treasurers.

Does Parentkind offer any resources to help publicise events?

Yes, we have two cheerful, downloadable, editable posters designed to help you promote your Summer Fair to your community, available in Word and PDF versions. Download them from the resources section of our Guide to Organising Fetes and Fairs.

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