A Christmas Cancellation…

Cirencester Town Council has announced that the extended Advent Market has been cancelled.

The council says it has taken the step with great regret.

The market was due to be held on the 28th November 2020 but the coronavirus threat has put paid to the event.
The Advent Market had been organised to replace the town’s usual Advent festival and Christmas
Light Switch On after Covid 19 measures made it impossible to stage the full event. However,
amid concerns over the upsurge in the number of people contracting Coronavirus nationally and
the latest government guidance the plans were reviewed.
Cllr Gary Selwyn, Lead Member for Community Services said: “The decision to cancel was a hard
one. Our Community Services Team had devised an alternative plan which would have enabled
us to bring an extended market to Cirencester rather than the usual festivities. Unfortunately, it
has become clear that it would not be safe to run such a big market this year and public safety
must be the priority.”
“With nearby places like Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bristol and Bath cancelling their markets,
Cirencester would have been the only town still running a big Christmas event, attracting large
crowds from neighbouring regions, which could affect the level of infection within the local area
and we want to do what is necessary to avoid this.”

He added “The town’s regular and weekend markets continue to be held on the Market Place,
with additional measures in place, and the towns shops are open. We ask the public to continue
to support their local businesses by shopping and eating locally.”
Over the festive period the town will still look suitably seasonal with the Christmas lights and tree
in place.