Heathfest cancelled for second year
A POPULAR annual festival staged in Bromley Heath has been cancelled for the second year in a row.
Heathfest is usually held on Bromley Heath playing fields in early July. But last year's event had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus lockdown and, although restrictions are currently in the process of being lifted, continuing uncertainty meant that organisers had to take the decision to cancel the festival in April.
The event attracted 4,000 people the last time it was staged in 2019, with live music, stalls, funfair rides and inflatable Zorb balls among the attractions pulling in the crowds.
It is also a fundraiser for charities – the 2019 event raised £2000 for South Gloucestershire disability charity Paul's Place and £500 for the volunteer Blood Bikes service which supports the NHS.
Organisers broke the news of the cancellation on the events Facebook page, saying: "Once again we are sadly announcing that Heathfest will not be running this Summer.
"The festival takes many months to organise and with so many restrictions it has been tricky to predict how 2021 was panning out.
"The Festival will be back in 2022 with all your favourite stalls, groups and entertainment!"
A date for next year's event is still to be confirmed.
Although the festival is not going ahead, organisers are hoping to continue their Laurie Awards for people who have made significant community contributions this year. They have invited nominations to recognise "extra special people" who have given their time and effort to help others during the pandemic.
Nominations can be made by messaging the organisers at the Heathfest Facebook page.