Wells Christmas Market 2020 cancelled due to pandemic

The 'Christmas in Wells' shopping spectacular will not take place in the city this season because of the ongoing health emergency.

Mendip District Council has had to cancel the much-loved market for public safety reasons, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The decision mirrors that of other local authorities and organisations who planned similar seasonal events across the county, and nationwide.

Last year the festive outdoor event attracted record numbers of traders to Wells - and the crowds to match. More than 130 stalls featured, offering a feast of food, drink and great gift ideas.

Leader of Mendip District Council, Cllr Ros Wyke, said: "We have with much regret decided to cancel the Christmas market this year due to the tightening of restrictions by government, and the rising number of COVID cases in the county.

"We know this will be deeply disappointing to stall holders and the public, who so look forward to this special market event. However, public safety must come first."

Cllr Wyke added: "We will of course continue to support all our Mendip stallholders with their regular weekday offer, and in other innovative ways too, such as hosting traders online through a virtual marketplace on the Council's website."

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