Town centre events cancelled due to coronavirus

Published Monday 23 March 2020

Harborough District Council has announced the decision to cancel all Council-led events on The Square in Market Harborough as a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus (Covid-19).

The cancellation will apply to all events scheduled up to 31 May 2020, including the Churches Together Good Friday Service, the Spring Arts and Craft Fayre and the VE75 celebration scheduled for 8 May 2020.

European market

Cllr Phil King, Leader of Harborough District Council said: “In line with guidance from the Government around social distancing for non-essential activities, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel all events on the Square until 31 May 2020.

“We will review future events and continue to monitor the situation, taking the necessary steps in line with government guidelines to keep everyone safe in the district.

“We are particularly saddened that the we have had to cancel the VE75 event and thank the Harborough at War team for all their hard work to this point. It may be that the National Commemorations take place at a later date in which case we will review our plans.”

Plans to hold the Farmers Market on 2 April 2020 on the Square are currently still in place.

Cllr King added: “Subject to trader availability and government guidance, the Farmers Market will go ahead. Those traders and the indoor Market are key to ensuring that fresh food is available to residents.”

The Council has set up a dedicated web page, with the latest coronavirus information, at

A statement, advising postponement of all VE Day events, has also been issued Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster for VE Day 75, on the VE75 website which can be viewed online here.