Bath Christmas Market has been cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the organisers have confirmed on the official website.
The award-winning market, which draws in a steady crowd of jolly shoppers each year, is being replaced with smaller, safer events for the first time ever.
Kathryn Davis, Chief Executive of Visit Bath, told Somerset Live: “It is disappointing that we cannot hold the Christmas Market this year, but I hope everyone will understand the reason for this decision and the early notice we are giving.
“We fully understand the value of the Bath Christmas Market to the city, but public safety and preventing the spread of COVID-19 has to come first. We are pro-actively working with partners across the city to create a Christmas event in Bath that will still support our local economy, but in a way that can be adapted as needed and disperses visitors across the city.”
Instead of the large festival, there are ongoing plans for scaled-back Christmas events which people can pre-book in advance. Keeping the spirit of Christmas alive, the revised programme will include music and entertainment, street stalls and artisan food — all with strict social distancing measures in place.
Kathryn added: “Bath & North East Somerset Council, Visit Bath, Bath BID and Bath Festivals are all working together to create a four week programme which will include dressing the city, music and entertainment, cultural events, street stalls and artisan food; all part of a Christmas celebration for residents and visitors alike and all delivered in a Covid-secure way.”
For more information about the event, head over to the Bath Christmas Market website.
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