Grimsthorpe Festival and antiques fair are cancelled due to weather

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PERSISTENT rain has caused Grimsthorpe Castle’s two biggest summer events to be cancelled.

Grimsthorpe Festival, which attracted about 10,000 people last year and was due to run this year on the August Bank Holiday Monday, has been cancelled.

The annual Big Antiques Weekend run by Field Dog Fairs which was due to take place on July 21 to 22 has also been cancelled because of the waterlogged site.

Grimsthorpe Castle Estates and festival organisers made the joint decision was made to cancel the 2012 event on grounds of safety to the public and everyone involved with the event.

The festival was expected to be the biggest yet with more than 100 artists performing across six stages and a range of performances in a show area.

A spokesman from Grimsthorpe Festival said: “We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the Grimsthorpe Festival-goers for their kind words and support during this difficult time.

You are the best.”

Organisers said anyone due a refund will receive it over the next week or two and plans are already underway to make Grimsthorpe Festival 2013 even bigger and better.

The Grimsthopre Big Antiques weekend is the longest running event Field Dog Fairs runs and it will be the first time the fair has been cancelled in 20 years.

Television programme Bargin Hunt were due to attend the festival which was expected to draw a bumper crowd of about 4,000 people.

Despite this being the only event cancelled out of 24 Field Dog Fairs is running this year, organiser Charlotte Milford completely agreed with the decision to cancel the event having toured the site on Tuesday.

Charlotte said: “Decisions like this are not taken lightly, it is a huge call but some times you have to be brave and make these types of decisions.

“We don’t want to push on and be remembered for all the wrong reasons.”

The fair was due to have a 200ft marquee brimming with stallholders and an outside antiques market lining the road up to the castle.

It appears the long-range weather forecast will not allow the grounds to recover in time for the festival.