Woodside Festival and Countryside Events *CANCELLED*

Published on: Tuesday, 19th May 2020

The Derbyshire Woodland Festival that was due to take place on 19 and 20 September at Elvaston Castle Country Park has been cancelled by organisers, Derbyshire County Council, along with many other events planned for their countryside sites.

This decision has not been taken lightly. It would have been the 20th year of the popular annual festival that attracts over 10,000 visitors and celebrates traditional and contemporary woodland crafts. But uncertainty around the future of large scale events in light of the current coronavirus outbreak has prompted the cancellation.

Derbyshire County Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis said: ‘It’s a great shame that we’ve had to cancel the festival as it’s a huge attraction which draws big crowds and many people will be disappointed. 

“However, due to the current situation the cancellation is unavoidable and this is the responsible thing to do for everyone’s safety. Nor can we delay the festival until later on in the year as the ground conditions may not be suitable. 

“This is the right decision to take at this time and we must look forward to next year, when it will form a major part of our countryside events calendar and part of us seeing tourism to the county getting back on track.”

The county council has also cancelled events scheduled to take place at its countryside sites up to the end of August as they can’t comply with government guidance on social distancing.  The situation will then be reviewed.  The sites at which events are cancelled include Shipley Country Park and Elvaston Castle Country Park as well as those in the Peak District.

For more information about the countryside sites including current restrictions and car parking please visit: www.derbyshire.gov.uk/countryside

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