Appfest Postponed until 23-25 July 2021
I am sure all of you are aware of the difficult decisions facing event organisers following the outbreak, and subsequent pandemic, of the COVID-19 coronavirus. For independent events like Appfest, the decisions are even more difficult as we work on exceptionally tight margins and a genuine love for what we do.
We have been waiting for government and local authority guidance before deciding on the best course of action. We have now received an email instructing us that we must cancel or postpone the July 2020 event, due to the COVID-19 crisis. This email can be found at the bottom of this statement. This meant we could not, legally, host this year’s event, nor could we meet the health and safety standards required to protect of our Appfest community
We strongly believe that the health, safety and wellbeing of our visitors, exhibitors, traders and volunteers must always be our top priority, as well as ensuring the future economic sustainability of our event.
Also, we were aware that some people will already be making the decision to self-isolate and already knew they would not be able to come to this year’s event, and some people will be unwell or self-isolating around that time anyway.
Everyone who has booked tickets will have received an email about their tickets, so please check your inbox (and junk folder). The email will go to the person who made the booking.
We want the event to continue for years to come and so many events, venues and leisure industry will struggle to survive during this unprecedented time. With that in mind, please be patient with events that have had to cancel as most are extremely exposed financially, usually not covered by insurance and still having to cover operating costs that cannot be stopped or recovered. Many people will lose most, if not all, of their income and many event and leisure businesses will not survive past 2020.
The good news is that Appfest will be extended to a three day event, from Friday to Sunday, so current ticket holders get even more value from their early bird tickets.
We will soon reopen the box office for the 2021 event and people can continue to buy for 2021, at the great price for £30 for the entire weekend per adult, for a short while.
We would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support, and we look forward to coming back in 2021, better than ever.
In the meantime, please stay safe and well.
Dan Pardoe and the Appfest Team
Good morning Daniel,
Further to your email below and previous emails received from Paul (Health & Safety consultant) stating that you are not planning to cancel the event as yet – my response is as follows:
Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak and the social distancing required to prevent the spread of the virus I think it is very unlikely that mass gatherings of any kind including your event will be allowed to take place for many months to come.
Even if we were over the worst of it by July, which may not be the case, I doubt the government would allow mass social gatherings so shortly after lock down being lifted.
All other events in the area have been cancelled in the month of July.
Environmental Safety Officer
Tewkesbury Borough Council