Buxton's Spring Fair cancelled for 2021 due to coronavirus

Buxton’s Spring Fair in May will not be going ahead this year after organisers felt they had no option but to cancel in order to follow government guildelines.

By Lucy Ball
Thursday, 11th March 2021, 3:59 pm

The event, which attracts thousand of people to the town centre, and had been planned for Monday May 3, has been cancelled for the second year running because of Coronavirus.

Chief organiser Jane Fletcher said: “It is with great sadness the decision has been made to cancel this years Buxton Spring May Fair. This is not a decision that has been made lightly but after the Government announcement with the 'roadmap out of lockdown' and discussions with (High Peak Borough Council) HPBC, the committee felt there was no other option due to the uncertainty of when larger events could definitely take place and if local infection rates were high at the time it would have to be cancelled anyway.

"The date is just a bit too early to make definite plans and guarantee the event going ahead. Also the costs of purchasing extra equipment for social distancing purposes and putting extra safety measures in place would be phenomenal.”

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Buxton Spring Fair has been cancelled by of of lockdown restrictions - some of the organisers pictured in 2013

The Buxton Spring Fair is a not for profit organisation so the group felt it cannot take the risk of incurring further costs and then the event having to be cancelled.

The May Fair aims to bring all members of the community together and Jane said it thrives on attracting as many people as possible, but that's clearly not appropriate at a time when we are being encouraged to avoid large gatherings.

A previous Buxton Spring Fair, Spring Gardens which was packed from end to end will not be going ahead this year as its not safe for people to meet in large groups yet

She said: “The Buxton Spring Fair attracts thousands of visitors to our town and it actively supports community groups and local businesses. Seeing local residents and visitors alike turn out to enjoy the day is what makes it worthwhile for all of us involved.

"But at this moment we need to be considerate to everyone, especially the vulnerable members of our community.”

The organisers are looking to go ahead with the Buxton Summer Fair on Monday August 30, unless Government advice states otherwise.

Jane added: “Until then please stay safe, take care of your neighbours, shop locally and be kind.”