Chesterfield Borough Council has taken the decision to cancel the big local events (1940s Market, Chesterfield Food & Drink Festival, Chesterfield Fireworks Extravaganza and the Christmas Lights Switch On) that were due to take place later this year.
With coronavirus laws currently prohibiting public gatherings and no certainty about what the future holds with the potential for further lockdown measures to be reinstated this summer, autumn and winter, the council has reluctantly come to this decision.
Due to the size of these events, which attract upwards of 20,000 visitors to most events, this is a critical planning period for the council. Contracts would routinely have been let by now to key suppliers and it simply isn’t fair for the council to keep local businesses and organisations hanging on when they could be focussing their efforts on other events that have a better chance of being held.
Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said:
“I understand that lots of people will be very disappointed by this decision. The council really enjoys working on these events and we know how important they are to our residents, traders and retailers.
“The problem is that we don’t know what the future holds, and just as the public need certainty about their safety, the many partners who commit their time and money to help us to deliver these events also need certainty.
“We fully expect these fantastic events to return to the Chesterfield festivals and events programme in 2021.”
Other events that have also been canceled are the annual Ashgate Hospicecare Sparkle Night Walk which has been converted to an online event, Edge Events Chesterfield Food & Drink Festival on 7th - 9th August, Chatsworth Country Fair 4th - 6th September, almost all local Well Dressing Events, the popular 1940's Market which was set out to be on 29th October, Edge Events Matlock Food & Drink festival 29th - 31st August, Chesterfield Fireworks Extravaganza on 5th November at Stand Road Recreation Ground, the Festive Christmas Lights Switch on 15th November, in the town centre.
As well as theatres and venues still being closed across the country.
Keep an eye on our Local Events page for the latest updates on local events that are still set out to happen for now.