Worcester City Council, after discussions with the organising committee and other stakeholders, has reluctantly taken the decision to cancel this year’s Worcester Show because of uncertainty around the coronavirus lockdown.

The show, which regularly attracts around 10,000 visitors and is a fixture of Worcester’s vibrant events calendar, was due to be held at Gheluvelt Park on August 16.

The City Council and the Worcester Show Committee will now set their sights on organising the next Show for August 2021.

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Leader of Worcester City Council, said:

“This is not a decision anyone wanted to make and it has certainly not been an easy one. The Worcester Show is one of our city’s most popular events and we would all dearly like to see it go ahead.

“However, at the moment there is no guarantee that mass gatherings will be allowed in August, so we felt it would not be fair to burden the volunteers and businesses that are instrumental in the running of the Show.

“I would like to thank everyone who has given their time to work on this year’s Show. The focus will now be on making sure we provide the city with a day to celebrate and remember in August next year.”

Gerry Leith, Chair of the Worcester Show Committee, said:

“It takes a long time to organise the Worcester Show and it is clear that, even if the lockdown is lifted in a few weeks, time is now against us. We also rely on local businesses for their support and there can be no doubt that they will rightly have other priorities when the lockdown ends.

“But I want to re-assure city residents and our committed army of volunteers that we will be back and that the next Worcester Show in August 2021 will be an occasion to celebrate our city’s strong and united community.”

The Worcester Show has run every year since 2006. It always includes a packed programme of music, performance, funfair rides, traders’ stalls and other entertainment for all the family, alongside competitions for gardening, arts & crafts, photography and much more.