This Is When Local Events Cancelled Because Of Covid-19 Could Return

Locals have been left disappointed with many of North Derbyshire's annual events cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The UK saw a three-month lockdown, with businesses sectioned off into groups for the Government's gradual reopening of the country over the last eight weeks.


Many organisations have been hit hard by the worldwide lockdown, none more so than the RHS which reported losses of £18 million.


Because of this, it cancelled the Chatsworth Flower Show this year and next year, with worry that it might not return at all. Not all events are cancelled next year, with many hoping to will return in 2021.


Check out our list to find out when organisers expect to bring back their well-missed and well-loved gatherings.

Check out our list:


Chesterfield Walking Festival

Bosses at Chesterfield Canal Trust say they have decided to cancel their walking festival as many of the walk leaders are in the vulnerable groups category.


More than 40 walks had been planned for the event in September and this would have been the third time it would have taken place along the waterway.


Rod Auton, one of the festival organisers, said: “In a few months attitudes may have changed, but at present, the prospect of walks with everyone at least two metres apart, wearing masks and not talking face-to-face is not what we envisaged when we started organising our festival.

“We would like to place on record our thanks to the dozens of walk leaders and organisations that have put lots of work into preparing this year’s festival. We hope that it can be carried over to next year."

“We would also like to thank all those organisations which had sponsored the Festival: Avant Homes, Derbyshire County Council Action Grants, the Canal and River Trust, West Stockwith Parish Council, Misterton Parish Council and Eckington Parish Council.”


Organisers say they are looking forward to welcoming back people next year.


The Bakewell Show

The oldest agricultural shows in the UK. Bakewell Show features large marquee with quality craft and gifts on sale, donkey rides, birds of prey, punch and Judy shows, bar, paintball, mini fair and bouncy castle, archery, face painting, glitter tattoos, and much more.


Set to take place on August the 8th & 9th has been cancled due to the Covid outbrake.

After last year where it was cut short due to wet weather it is keeping its fingers crosed for 2021.


Street Food and Grooves Festival

Back for its third year, Street Food and Grooves 2020 was set to be the biggest and best year yet with a brand new festival layout and something for everyone to enjoy!


The weekend was set to have a real celebratory feel with lots of things going on including live music, market stalls, seating areas, and for the food fans there will be a huge choice of delicious street food and drink form around the world.


Chatsworth Flower Show

The annual Chatsworth Flower Show, which was expected to take place next year, has been cancelled.


It comes as a result of the impact lockdown has had on the economy, which has seen millions of businesses the world over cease trading.


A statement published on the organisation's website, reports that losses of up to £18 million are expected.


The charity says the changes are a needs must and are only happening to safeguard the future of the iconic brand.


With substantial losses reported, the organisers have made no mention of a return date with both events in 2020 and 2021 cancelled.


Chesterfield Pride

Chesterfield Pride is one of the country’s fastest-growing Pride events. The event has grown every year and 2019 saw nearly 7,000 people attend the event. Thousands came to enjoy a day of live acts, market stalls, children area, fairground rides and food & drink outlets.


2021 will see the organisers expanding the cabaret area, bringing bigger names to the Main Stage, increasing the number of stalls and will see the fairground returning.


Chesterfield Food and Drink Festival

Chesterfield Food and Drink Festival 2020 was set to be even bigger and better than previous years with a huge range of delicious hot and cold food that you can sample whilst washing it down with a locally crafted beer, artisan gin or even a prosecco.


It is usually a weekend designed to celebrate the very best in Chesterfield Food and Drink with over 75 regional traders and businesses coming together to sell and showcase their produce and services.


Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, Edge Events Management have decided to postpone all summer events until 2021.

“This difficult decision was made with peoples health being at the centre of our discussions. We feel that the health of the public, traders, performers and contractors should be a priority during these times. We would like to thank everybody for their continued support. Conversations are currently taking place with local authorities and 2021 dates will be announced very soon. Please keep strong and keep safe. Peace & Love. Edge Events Team”

Whilst cancelled this year, we should hopefully see it come back for 2021


Chesterfield Motor Fest

Chesterfield Motor Fest, which was scheduled to take place in August 2020, has now been postponed until 2021.


Due to the current restrictions on large public gatherings, Chesterfield Borough Council and event organisers have jointly taken the decision to cancel the event.


Plans are already being formulated to make it bigger and better than ever in 2021.


It is hoped that Motor Fest can return on August 15, 2021.


Ashover Show

Ashover has cancelled its famous show due to the pandemic.

"It is with sadness that the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Ashover Show."

The show was due to take place on the show grounds of Ashover the pictures country side fair.


From those early beginnings in 1925 Ashover Show now attracts a crowd of up to 16,000, is firmly fixed in the Derbyshire farming calendar, and continues to expand with ever growing interest in the light and heavy horses, show dogs and vintage tractors.


To let you have your fix of the show they have launched a 'Virtual' show this year, now open on social media, the schedule can be seen on there.


Chesterfield Canal Festival

The Chesterfield Canal Festival has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, which attracts up to 10,000 visitors, raises thousands of pounds for the chesterfield Canal Trust and was due to take place in June.


As the coronavirus continues to spread across the country, bosses at the trust made the sad decision to cancel this year's event.


The event was due to take place on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday 29, with a whole programme of events planned.


The organisers say they hope to be able to run the event next year.


The 1940s Market

The 1940s Market has also been cancelled by Chesterfield Borough Council.


The event is one of many in the town which attracts more than 20,000 people.


Council bosses say it isn't fair to keep people and local businesses hanging on and have cancelled the event.


It is due to return in 2021.


Chesterfield Fireworks Extravaganza

The annual kaleidoscope of colour and light has also been put on the back-burner.


With uncertainty about how things will pan out Chesterfield Borough Council took the difficult decision to cancel this year's event.


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."

The council says it fully expects the event to return in 2021.


Chesterfield Christmas Lights Switch-On

The annual Christmas Lights switch-on in Chesterfield has fallen foul of the Coronavirus pandemic.


The council has come to the "difficult decision" as it does know what's going to happen and does not want to disappoint people by cancelling events nearer to their dates.


The event is expected to return in 2021.


If we have missed your event, and you would like us to list new dates, simply get in touch via the Contact Page. Also, see our Events Page.


Published 27/07/2020 By: The Radio Rewind Newsroom

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