Cambridge's Strawberry Fair will not happen in 2021
Strawberry Fair, a major part of the cultural life of Cambridge since 1974, will not go ahead this year.
The fair, the largest free, one-day, independent, volunteer-run festival in the UK, is traditionally held on the first Saturday in June on Midsummer Common.
Through heatwaves, torrential downpours and partial flooding of the Common, the fair has gone ahead, bringing a feast of music, arts, stalls and entertainment whatever the weather.
In 2020, the Covid lockdown meant that the event could not happen and, to fill the gap, the fair put on the award-winning Virtual Fair in conjunction with Cambridge 105 (cambridge105.co.uk/shows/strawberry-fair).
Despite the beginnings of good news, it is entirely possible that there will be some level of restrictions in place until well into the summer.
The Strawberry Fair volunteers are already working on other things - not least the famous Cambridge Band Competition - that they may be able to do over the summer and, of course, on the return of Strawberry Fair in the summer of 2022.
Strawberry Fair is entirely independent and entirely organised by volunteers. If you like to be part of planning Strawberry Fair 2022, contact the fair at strawberry-fair.org.uk or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.