Coronavirus: The events cancelled or postponed in North Staffordshire and East Cheshire


The COVID-19 coronavirus has caused events to be cancelled in North Staffordshire and East Cheshire.

We will be updating this list with cancelled events as and when we get them:

Gandey’s Circus

Gandey’s Circus have cancelled forthcoming performances. In a statement they said: “We take the health and wellbeing of our customers, artistes and staff very seriously.

“In the light of government advice, both current and pending ,we have taken the decision to cancel our upcoming performances of Gandeys Circus here at Newcastle from tomorrow (Tuesday, March 17) and at Knutsford.

“We have sold so many tickets which can be refunded by your point of purchase and the nominated Hospice charity will also not receive the much needed opportunity to raise funds

“We have been bringing productions to the you for over 100 years and this is not a decision we have taken without serious consideration for our friends and Gandey family in the area.

“All other advertised venues remain unaffected at this point , we look forward to welcoming you all back soon at our Gandey shows.”

Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children

Caudwell Children events

Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has responded to the quickly changing and unprecedented situation around the coronavirus outbreak by announcing that it is rescheduling a number of its events.

Whilst they understand that this may disappoint some, they believe that many participants will understand that as an organisation the charity has to act accordingly to new information on a daily basis.

In line with advice from Government, and other regulatory bodies associated with the charity’s services, Caudwell Children state the events immediately affected are:

  • 20 Anniversary Open Day – Sunday, March 29 (Cancelled)

  • 20 Anniversary Volunteer Celebration – Tuesday, March 31 (Cancelled)

  • Colour Runner – Saturday, April 4 (Virtual race option now available + Colour Runner Re-scheduled for Saturday 22 August)

  • #Team20 Charity Lunch Birmingham – Friday 4 April (Re-scheduled for Friday 2 October)

Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children, said: “We also have to act on our own understanding of how the situation will impact the charity and our stakeholders in a number of different ways.

“Our current focus on how we join the rest of the country in taking steps to tackle the spread of the virus is to ensure we uphold our duty of care to protect the most vulnerable members of the community and those for whom contracting the virus may pose more serious health implications, i.e. people with underlying health conditions and the elderly.

“It is with this in mind, and particularly thinking about our beneficiaries and their families, that we have taken the decision to postpone the most imminent public events and we will be reviewing future events on a regular basis.

“During this period of unprecedented disruption, I hope people understand that plans may have to be altered and difficult decisions will have to be made; but our foremost priority is public health and safety.

“At these trying times, it is more important than ever that we come together and work with all of our friends, supporters and beneficiaries to look after each other as a family and ensure we stay healthy and overcome the challenges this situation poses.”

Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival

Organisers of the Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival have postponed this year’s Easter event.

It is to be re-staged at Chester Racecourse on the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August. The rescheduled dates are 29, 30 and 31 August 2020.

Principle Organiser, Briony Wilson said “We regret having to do this as we have staged this event for the last 19 years without interruption at Easter but it seems, in recent days, that the spread of this disease cannot be contained and as such it would not be prudent to stage a mass gathering, food and drink festival whilst we are all still understanding how to live with this problem.

“Our number one priority has always been customer safety and the postponement of our event to a time later in the year, when much more will be known about COVID-19, is the right one.

“Whilst at the time of this decision no government ban is in place we are taking a lead from other key events around the UK and feel it is only fair to our many exhibitors, as well as those camping and travelling longer distances, to make this decision now and give people plenty of time to make new arrangements.”

“All those in possession of tickets for the event need have no concern, all issued tickets will automatically be valid for the postponed event and no action is necessary by anyone in possession of daily or camping tickets or those planning to attend as exhibitors.”

Midlands Air Ambulance events

Hanna Sebright, chief executive of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “Following recent Government directive to assist with the containment of coronavirus, we have taken the necessary decision to postpone a number of our popular fundraising events in April and May, when the virus is forecast to be at its peak.

“These events include our Bik4Life Ride Out and Festival on April 26, Walk4Life on May 3 and We’re A Knockout on May 31.

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“At this present time, the remainder of our fundraising events in 2020 are going ahead as planned, but we would encouraging supporters to visit www.midlandsairambulance.com for further updates.

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“During this health crisis, we are focusing on the provision of our front-line emergency medical service, ensuring the doctors and critical care paramedics can continue to treat some of the Midlands’ most critically ill and injured patients.

“At this challenging time, more than ever we rely on your ongoing support. Please continue to give to your local lifesaving Midlands Air Ambulance Charity so that we can continue to operate our fleet of helicopters and critical care cars. Visit our website for ways to support and follow our charity on social media.”

Dancing on Tables at The Sugarmill

The band Dancing on Tables have cancelled their gig at The Sugarmill in Hanley which was due to take place on Wednesday, March 18.

The Stoke-on-Trent venue says  other events at The Sugarmill will be going ahead as planned unless the advice changes .





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