Woodhall Spa Home and Garden Festival postponed until June because of waterlogged site

  • Waterlogged ground at Woodhall Spa leads to postponement of major festival
  • Sodden surface at Jubilee Park means event organisers cannot get fork lifts and lorries on to site
  • Over 80 traders booked to attend and 15,000 expected event goers  will now wait to June for reorganised Festival

A major Home and Garden Festival planned for Woodhall Spa over the May Day Bank Holiday Weekend has had to be postponed because the Jubilee Park location where it was to be held is waterlogged.

The event, which was a pilot for other similar events to be held across Lincolnshire, the East Midlands and Yorkshire has now been postponed until 8th-10th June 2018.

Organisers Good Locally say they have been monitoring the condition of Jubilee Park at Woodhall Spa since the weekend.

“We were made aware by Jubilee Park management that the site was very wet on Sunday” says event manager Conrad Murray.

“A relatively small Dog Show was taking place and they could not get vehicles on. We need to get forklifts and lorries on to the site to build all the infrastructure you need for a major event and this was clearly not possible without destroying the surface.

“We had no choice really. Our plants arrive on large heavy lorries and there was stall infrastucture to build and marquees to erect and generators to be delivered. You cannot do that without plant and equipment.

“We will now run it on 8th-10th June at Jubilee Park, which must be one of the best sites for an event like this in the country. We are very sorry the event cannot go ahead as it has generated a huge amount of public and trader support and interest.”

More than 80 plants, garden, leisure and food stalls were booked on to the free admission event with an attendance of 15,000 expected over the three day duration. Entertainment booked included chansaw carving demonstrations and basket making. There was also to be a food and craft marquee.

“We have been able to locate many of the traders on to other events we promote” said Mr Murray, “but what is particularly pleasing is that almost everyone has committed to coming back in June and we have also been taking new enquiries all week. It could be an even bigger and better event than the one we had scheduled. And we are sure the public will turn up for it.

“However we are particularly sorry to postpone because it was to have been the first of a series. It has proven that these shows can be hugely popular to both the public and traders, but Woodhall Spa will no longer be the first in the series which will now be held in Lincoln.”

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