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Harrogate Autumn Flower Show cancelled due to coronavirus

Sunset shades of dahlias
Sunset shades of dahlias at Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 2019

First Newby Hall hosted event called off

Organisers of Harrogate Autumn Flower Show have announced that, due to continued measures to combat the spread of coronavirus, the event has been cancelled.

The North of England Horticultural Society called off the show, which was due to take place from September 18-20 at Newby Hall & Gardens, amid ongoing uncertainty about when the Government’s ban on staging large public gatherings is likely to be lifted.

Show director Nick Smith said: “Naturally we are very disappointed that 2020 will go down as the year there were no Harrogate Flower Shows to open and close the gardening season, but the safety of our visitors, exhibitors and the wider public must come first.

2019's Newby Hall display at Harrogate Autumn Flower Show
2019’s Newby Hall display at Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

‘Plans for the rest of the season’

“As the date of the autumn show draws closer, and in the absence of further guidance from the Government, we wanted to give all of our customers and growers some certainty so that they can make plans for the rest of the season.

“We hope that 2021 will bring better news for everyone and that Harrogate Flower Shows will come back stronger than ever next April!”

Harrogate Flower Shows have been organised by the North of England Horticultural Society for 100 years. There was a break during the Second World War before they were resumed in 1947.

Winning giant pumpkin
Winning giant pumpkin, 2019

Spring show dates

The next event will be the 2021 Harrogate Spring Flower Show, which runs from April 22-25 at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Tickets for the autumn show have not yet gone on general sale, but anyone with bookings made before the Covid-19 lockdown or transferred from the cancelled 2020 spring show will be issued with an automatic refund by the end of July.

Exhibitors, who purchased stand space at the autumn show, will also be issued with a refund. For more information visit www.flowershow.org.uk.

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