COVID-19 UPDATE: Events on council land to be cancelled

Events due to have been held on land owned by Folkestone & Hythe Council before 31 July 2020 have been cancelled.

Social distancing

These cancellations are a necessary measure in line with the government advice to try and limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The decision will be reviewed in June for events in August onwards.

Cllr David Monk, Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council, said: “Clearly we regret having to make this decision but the welfare of our residents is our top priority.

“Some organisations have already been in contact with us to cancel their event which is very sensible. We are all in this together and we must do what we can to curb the spread of this virus.

“There are events planned on land not owned by the council. I would strongly urge organisers to consider the government advice about social distancing and give very careful thought and discuss with the land owner as to whether their event should go ahead.”

Current government advice recommends social distancing and encourages those who can work from home to do so.

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Events being cancelled are listed below and include those which have already been cancelled or postponed by organisers.

Cancelled eventsEvent LocationEvent Date
Charity Boot FairsSt Mary’s College Playing Field, FolkestoneFrom 04.04.2020 
Rock PoolingLower Leas Coastal Park, FolkestoneFrom 06.04.2020
Folkestone 10 Mile Road RaceLower Leas Coastal Park, Folkestone10.04.2020
Play DayEast Cliff / Jocks Pitch03.05.2020
Hythe Bay TriathlonHythe Swimming Pool, Hythe17.05.2020
Rotary Club of Hythe Round the Houses RaceHythe Canal Banks North and South, Hythe17.05.2020
Bandstand Summer ConcertsThe Leas Bandstand, FolkestoneFrom 24.05.2020
Folkestone Coastal 10KLower Leas Coastal Park, Folkestone31.05.2020
Normandy Veterans Day ServiceGarden of Remembrance06.06.2020
Boot FairsRadnor Park, FolkestoneFrom 07.06.2020
William Harvey SundayWilliam Harvey Statue, Langhorne Gardens, Folkestone07.06.2020
John Thurston’s Fun FairRadnor Park, Folkestone09.06.2020 – 15.06.2020
Folkestone Race for LifeThe Leas, Folkestone14.06.2020
Blessing of the FisheriesThe Stade, Folkestone21.06.2020
Armed Forces DayThe Leas and Radnor Park, Folkestone28.06.2020
The Kent Golden Mile, Junior Mile & 5KDymchurch Sea Wall, Dymchurch28.06.2020
Grand ParadeHythe High Street, Hythe04.07.2020
Hythe Community Festival Canal Bank ConcertRoyal Military Canal and canal bank, Hythe11.07.2020
Vintage Music FestivalThe Leas Bandstand, Folkestone11.07.2020
UK’s Strongest U105kg Competition 2020The Leas Bandstand, Folkestone12.07.2020
Hythe Food & Drink FestivalHolman’s Field, Hythe17.07.2020 – 19.07.2020
Folkestone Pride 2020The Leas, Bandstand & Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone18.07.2020
Teddy Bear’s PicnicAmphitheatre, Folkestone30.07.2020