Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival 2020 postponed to June 2021

Middlewich Town Council has taken the decision to postpone the 30th Anniversary of Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival to 16th to 20th June 2021. This decision has not been taken lightly and has been under constant review since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The decision to postpone the festival, instead of cancelling, allows us to carry over our 30th Anniversary celebrations to next year with as much of the same line up as is possible including Scouting for Girls, Lucy Spraggan, Toyah Willcox and China Crisis.

This decision has been made in relation to a number of concerns; firstly, the council is aware that the current 2 meter social distancing rule would be difficult to enforce at a large festival, especially after the consumption of alcohol and on canal towpaths. Secondly, the relaxing of lockdown measures has seen the region’s ‘R’ number jump above 1, meaning a new course of lockdown measures may be enforced later in the year.

We are also conscious that the lockdown has had a large impact on many of the town’s businesses meaning they simply do not have the money to provide sponsorship for the event. This coupled with the likely increase in costs in 2020 due to the purchase of things like PPE, washing stations and extra barriers would make the event less financially viable.

With all these factors considered, and as always having the safety of the public as a priority, the Council believe it would be much more beneficial for the festival and the town to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival in June 2021. All tickets already purchased for main stage concerts will automatically be transferred over to next year and and will not be subject to any price rises as a result. However, if ticket holders do wish to be refunded, please email admin@middlewich.org.uk and this will be actioned as soon as possible.

For more information about Middlewich Town Council
Town Hall, Victoria Building, Lewin Street, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 9AS
Tel. 01606 833434
Email: events@middlewich.org.uk

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