2021 Festival & Event Update

2020 saw some of the biggest UK events and festivals cancelled and postponed until 2021.

As we enter the new year and a new national lockdown, the state of the UK events industry is still undecided, and a lot of event organisers have announced that some of the biggest events of the year are still up in the air.
Below is a small selection of various events and festivals across the UK, and their current status.

Warwick Folk Festival Confirmed for 2021

The Warwick Folk Festival has recently announced that the weekend planned for 15th – 18th July this summer will be going ahead.

After being forced to take a year off in 2020 the festival will be returning at its new Castle Park site and organisers are working hard to make sure everything will be in place for a fun and safe three days of top folk music-making.

“We have a great new site and we’ll be set up to keep within the government guidelines for social distancing. We’ll have more toilets, plenty of hand-washing facilities and we even have an extra field if people need to be kept further apart,” said Dick Dixon, Folk Festival director.

Warwick Folk Festival opens on July 15 2021, you can find all the latest news on the Warwick Folk Festival website together with full details of ticket booking and artists playing.

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood Festival of Speed returns on Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th July 2021. The Festival will return better than ever, providing the stage to celebrate 2020’s planned theme of ‘The Maestros – Motorsport’s Great All-Rounders’. Featuring drivers, teams and manufacturers who have shown their true greatness by succeeding across a variety of motorsport disciplines


Ticket numbers will be limited and are available to purchase from 9 am on Monday 1st February 2021, visit the Goodwood website for more information. 

Glastonbury 2021

Glastonbury Festival has been cancelled for a second year running, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. A statement released on Twitter on Thursday 21st January 2021 stated that the event will be postponed until next year with “great regret”. Audiences will have the opportunity to roll their deposits over to next year, to guarantee the chance to buy tickets for the event in 2022.

Glastonbury 2021 was scheduled to go ahead, from Wednesday 23rd June to Sunday 27th June. 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

crowds at Chelsea Flower Show

For the first time in its 108 year history, the RHS is postponing its Chelsea Flower Show to take place in the autumn instead of spring, due to the worldwide pandemic.

The 2021 Show, which would have taken place between 18th May and 23rd May, has been moved to run from 21st September to 26th September.  The RHS, the Show organisers, will still hold the world famous event at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea.

The RHS had done its best to ensure the Show could happen safely in May with numerous additional health and safety measures, such as reducing visitor numbers and spreading the Show over an extra day.

However, with the coronavirus infection rate currently so high across the UK and no guarantee on what tier London may be in over spring, RHS decided that the responsible thing to do was to delay the 2021 RHS Chelsea Flower Show to later in the year, when millions more people will have been vaccinated and it is more likely that the levels of infection will have reduced substantially.

Further details and updates can be read on the RHS website.

Cheltenham Races 2021

The Cheltenham Festival was one of the last sporting events to go ahead in 2020, and the event is back in 2021. The festival is taking place Tuesday 16th March to Friday 19th March 2021. It has not yet been determined whether crowds will be allowed to attend the event, so tickets are currently not available to purchase, but you can sign up here to be the first to hear if and when tickets go on sale. 

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Edinburgh Fringe Festival is planning to go ahead in 2021, with dates set for 6th to 30th August. No official information has been released yet, but planning is underway for the summer festival, with the main priority being the health and safety of participants and audiences.

“It’s far too early to tell what that looks like at this stage, and as such we’re planning for all scenarios – from a return to live entertainment to a sustained focus on digital events.” – Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive

Visit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival website for up to date news and future information.


All information is correct as of 14th January 2021. Please visit individual event websites for the most up to date information.

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