Harrogate Spring Flower Show cancelled due to coronavirus - Full statement and information for ticketholders

Harrogate's Spring Flower Show, which would normally attract up to 60,000 visitors, has been cancelled under the latest coronavirus advice from the government.

Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 11:12 am
Updated Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 11:14 am

Under the wholescale social distancing and the withdrawal of emergency support for mass gatherings, show organisers have decided to call off the event, which was due to take place from April 23 to 26 at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Show Director Nick Smith said: “Widespread social distancing is now being strongly recommended and we believe that it would be in the best interests of our visitors and exhibitors to cancel the event. The safety of all of those who support the show is of paramount importance to us and we believe, with great sadness, that this is the best course of action to give both clarity and security to our valued customers.

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Break dancers Hannah Thompson and Anas Afriad cut some shapes to bring the #kerbcouture street to life at last year's flower show. Picture: Gerard Binks.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of Harrogate Flower Shows and to wish them and their families well during this unprecedented and difficult time.”

Ticketholders will be offered either a refund of the ticket price paid or tickets for the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, which is due to take place from September 18-20 at Newby Hall and Gardens. Exhibitors who booked stand space at the spring show will also be issued with a refund.