Ashby's 2021 events set to roll out with REALFest in July - but others have had to be cancelled

By Graham Hill

16th Mar 2021 | Local News

Ashby's 2021 events year will not begin until July due to the ongoing Covid pandemic.

The calendar shows a number of events have been cancelled throughout the spring and early summer.

But REALFest is still scheduled to go ahead on Saturday, July 3, although that remains subject to Covid restrictions being lifted in North West Leicestershire by then.

Monday's meeting of Ashby de la Zouch Town Council's events and entertainment committee met to discuss this year's events.

But fears were raised that the region's Covid infection figures have been so high recently that another local lockdown could not be ruled out despite the Government aiming to return to some form of normality after June 21.

REALFest also plans to combine the day with the newly formed Ashby Sport organisation which is bringing local sports clubs together as one.

However, a number of events have had to be cancelled including this weekend's Ashby 20 race which will now be held online for runners to compete individually.

The Mayor's Civic Service (April 18) and Civic Dinner (May 1) will not go ahead.

The Ashby StrEAT food Social Festival (May 15) and the Ashby Food and Drink Festival (May 20-30) are both off.

Ashby's Big Tidy Up and the Fake Festival, scheduled for June 5, are also cancelled.

The Pithiviers 60th anniversary twin town visit and civic reception, which was to have happened on June 5, is also off.

After that, a number of events are planned to go ahead.

Starting with REALFest and the Ashby Scooter Rally on July 3.

Jim's 10th Anniversary Tractor Run is scheduled for July 25, with Inside Out and Proms in the Park planned for August 28.


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