Ipswich Borough Council has decided to cancel all its outdoor events planned to take place in its parks and in public spaces between now and the end of October.
These cancelled events include Ipswich Music Day, Maritime Ipswich, Global Rhythm, Indian Summer Mela, One Big Multicultural Festival, Family Fun Days, Outdoor Cinemas and Pantaloons Theatre. We will also be cancelling the Crafted Classique bike ride. Other events – organised by third parties – are not affected by this announcement.
This decision has been taken because it is hard to envisage how any major, mass gathering, public events can be held safely and successfully as long as some form of social distancing remains in place.
We had kept this year’s council-funded / supported events programme under review and we have now reached the point at which we need to confirm bookings with suppliers to ensure we have the necessary equipment and infrastructure ordered. But without clarity on what the rules may be in terms of social distancing over the summer and autumn, we consider it the right thing to do to cancel them now to provide certainty and not risk incurring irrecoverable costs in the coming weeks if the events then needed to be cancelled.
It’s really disappointing that we have had to cancel these events due to the current situation. Our team works hard every year to organise these events, in conjunction with our partners and sponsors, for the enjoyment of over two hundred thousand attendees each year, however we must be prudent with our funds and ensure that the health of our residents, visitors to the town, our partners and our staff remains our number one priority at this time.
We continue to follow the advice published by the Government and we look forward to a day when we can welcome people back to our popular events. We will keep under review our scheduled events for November and December but don’t anticipate needing to make a decision on these prior to the autumn.