Festival Town Sidmouth: on hold

“Although no one knows for sure how long the current lock down will last, we would encourage you to rearrange your event to a later date…”

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Germany is slowly easing its lockdown – but with caution:

Merkel warns against lifting Germany’s lockdown too quickly | theguardian.com

And part of this cautious approach has been to call off the world’s largest beer festival:

Cancelled Oktoberfest removes Bavaria’s froth | ft.com

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There are doubts that the world’s largest cycling event will happen at all this year:

‘Not the end of the world’ if Tour de France is cancelled, says French minister | cyclingnews.com

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However, there is still determination to go ahead with the smaller UK version – although this news is from Monday 20th April:

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Devon leg of Tour of Britain still on

Organisers of the Tour of Britain are still hopeful that the 2020 cycle race can go ahead in September. The eight day cycle race is set to begin in Cornwall on Sunday 6 September with a stage between Penzance and Bodmin, before the second stage, the following day, would run between Sherford and Exeter.

Last week, the UCI, cycling’s world governing body, released a revised 2020 season calendar which would, coronavirus permitting, see the 107th Tour de France will now run from August 29 to September 20 and clash directly with the UK race.

Devon leg of Tour of Britain still on | radioexe.co.uk

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As for East Devon, the date for events being allowed is ‘at least the end of June’:

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Event ban on council land in Sidmouth extended

Event organisers in Sidmouth hoping to reorganise events which have been cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent UK lock down may have to wait a little longer after the district council extended its events ban.

East Devon District Council is extending the cancellation of all permissions to hire land until at least the end of June 2020. A spokesperson for East Devon District Council said: “Although no one knows for sure how long the current lock down will last, we would encourage you to rearrange your event to a later date…”

Event ban on council land in Sidmouth extended | sidmouth.nub.news

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However, several events both before and after that time point have already been cancelled in Sidmouth, with the latest info available at:

visitsidmouth.co.uk

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Sidmouth Sea Fest

Saturday 16th May 2020 

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Sidmouth Literary Festival

Friday 12th and Sunday 14th June 2020

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Sidmouth Folk Festival

Friday 31st July to Friday August 7th 2020

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So far, the following are still planned:

Sidbury Fair

Sunday 13th to Sunday 17th September 2020

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Sidmouth Walking Festival

Saturday 19th to Friday 25th September 2020

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Sidmouth Classic Car Show

Saturday 19th September 2020

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Sidmouth Illuminated Carnival

Saturday 26th September 2020

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Sidmouth Science Festival

Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th October 2020

visitsidmouth.co.uk

   
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