4 Summer Event Hire Essentials

Make your summer event a success with help from Smiths Hire; from powerful generators to lighting and portable toilets – we’ve got everything you need!

When it comes to planning a summer event, there are a lot of moving parts to consider, and it can be quite a daunting task even for experienced event organisers and coordinators. From amenities to facilities to health and safety, there’s a lot to consider before you even get to the fun stuff. So, if you’re planning to put on an event this summer and you’re looking for turnkey event management services that you can rely on, look no further!

At Smiths Hire, our team of experts is ready and waiting to help you make your event a roaring success. Whether you need help with the planning and logistics, equipment/tool hire, or site access, we can do it all—and better still, we can do it within your timeframe and budget. So, on that note, today, we’re sharing four things we think should be on every event planner’s list, which you can find right here at Smiths Hire.

Portable toilets for events

With the festival and summer event season in full swing, many people are packing their tents and camping equipment ready for a weekend full of dancing, drinking and good music, and if there’s one thing that every event company needs to have on their radar, it’s toilets. It may sound obvious, but the number of portable toilets you have at your event can make or break the experience for your customers – no one wants to spend hours queuing when they should be enjoying their day/night! At Smiths Hire, we have a variety of portable toilets and accessories for you to choose from so you can find the perfect fit for your event. From toilet block units, to portable toilets and even hot wash toilets and waste tanks, we have everything you need to help you ensure your guests are comfortable. 

Event power hire

A reliable power source is a must for outdoor events. Whether it’s an intimate outdoor wedding or a large-scale music festival, our equipment is designed to meet your power needs, ensuring a seamless event experience.

We have a variety of generators for you to choose from, from smaller portable options like the 3.0kVA Transformer (2 x 16A Output) to 100 kVA Super Silent 3 Phase Generators. For those looking for a more eco-friendly option, we also have a variety of hybrid generators for you to use, including the PowerCube 120, the solar Solartainer Versatile, and the battery generator SiteGrid X45. We really do have something suited to every event type! If you’re unsure which generator your event needs, just give our friendly team a call!

Hire event lighting

Lighting at events is a must for many reasons, not for the atmosphere and the aesthetic, but definitely for health and safety, especially if your festival or event is going to carry on into the night. We have a range of outdoor lighting solutions for you to choose from, such as our 9.0m Halide Lighting Tower Hire, which comes equipped with a special darkness sensor that lets the light know when to stop and start so you can save money and fuel. Another option is the 8.5m LED Lighting Tower Hire by Generac, which is a mobile light tower equipped with 4x320W high efficiency and powerful LED lamp flood lights to help brighten up your event for up to 167 hours without refuelling!

Event access equipment

Set up and packing down are two of the most significant jobs at an event, and you want the process to be as streamlined and efficient as possible both ways! If you are organising a music festival or any other outdoor event this summer and you are exploring the best ways to construct your stage and other event elements, powered access hire could be the solution you need.

To ease the burden of setting up and increase the safety of the process, we have a selection of event access hire equipment for you to choose from, which spans from cherry pickers to scissor lifts to articulated booms and beyond. Our powered access equipment can help streamline the process and ensure that you and your team can work in elevated areas safely whether they’re installing sound equipment, lighting, building a stage or simply decorating!


This is just a brief introduction to our event equipment and tool hire range. As we said earlier, we offer a complete solution to event management, so we have much more to offer in the form of event equipment and practical solutions. Moreover, we do it all at great prices. So, why not take a look at our event services page to see everything we have available?

At Smiths Hire, we have over 50 years of experience servicing our customers throughout the UK from our collection of depots, especially in bigger cities like  Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds. So, if you have any questions about our events range or you’d like some advice on what equipment or tools are best suited to your event, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0333 323 2100 and we’ll be happy to see how we can help!