Hosting a VE Day event? Here’s all you need to know

Published Friday 14 February 2020

A handy guide is available for anyone intending to hold an event to celebrate VE Day in the Harborough District.

The national celebration for Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) 75, will cover the weekend of 8 to 10 May, with the early May Bank Holiday in 2020 moving from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May 2020 to enable an international celebration of peace, remembrance and reflection.

VE Day

To mark the occasion, a celebratory event will be held in Market Harborough town centre on 8 May 2020 with other commemorative events happening across the district.

If individuals or community groups also intend to hold events, as part of the celebrations, they need to fill out an Event Notification Form. A Temporary Event Notice will also be required if any event doesn’t have a premises licence and is providing entertainment, serving hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am or where alcohol is being sold. Ten days notice is usually required for a Temporary Event Notice to be granted.

If a road closure is planned, the event organiser will need to apply for a temporary road closure before the deadline of 28 February 2020. This can be done through the Leicestershire County Council website at

Cllr Jonathan Bateman, Harborough District Council Cabinet member for regulatory services, said: “We want VE Day to be enjoyed and celebrated across the Harborough district and beyond, but is important that the proper procedures and checks are in place. Anyone planning an event should visit our Events Toolkit webpage so they are clear what is required to ensure their event is safe and successful.”

The Event Toolkit is full of useful templates, guides and contact information for anyone planning an event.

View the toolkit at