The North Pole festival, which was set to feature a huge ice skating rink and a family Ferris wheel, has been called off after organisers said doing so would be “in the best interests of our customers”.
The event was due to be held on Parker’s Piece from November 14 to Janaury 3, 2021, with “gold standard” coronavirus health and safety measures in place.
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The North Pole joins a list of other Christmas events cancelled in Cambridgeshire due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mill Road Winter Fair 2020 was recently axed after organisers cited the government’s tighter Covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings.
This year’s North Pole would have included new attractions like a panoramic Ferris wheel and a three-lane ice slide. Other attractions would have been a funfair, traditional Alpine Cabin Bar, and stalls for seasonal refreshments, including mulled wine and German bratwurst sausages.
Organisers said in a Facebook post today (October 12) they were “devastated” to cancel this year’s event.
They said: “After careful monitoring and consultation with Cambridge City Council and having weighed up a number of factors, we have come to the disappointing conclusion that it is in the best interests of our customers, for us to cancel the North Pole, Cambridge.
“We appreciate your custom and support and cannot wait to return to Parker’s Piece 2021. If you have already booked tickets for this year’s event, we will refund your tickets as soon as possible.
“We are so sorry for the disappointment that this will cause and thank you for your patience whilst we action the refunds.”
“This has made us so sad, we always visit and always love it? I’m so sorry xxx,” one woman said.
Another added: “Such a shame for you too as it’s a great part of Christmas in Cambridge. Roll on 2021!!”
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