Shaftesbury’s Biggest Summer Events Cancelled

The organisers of Shaftesbury Fringe have decided not to go ahead with this summer’s event, which was due to take place on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of July.

They made the decision to cancel following public health advice over large gatherings, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The volunteers who arrange the festival will closely monitor government advice in the hope that the event can be staged later this year. If that is not possible, the organisers say they are determined that England’s third-largest fringe festival will return in the summer of 2021.

All Shaftesbury Fringe performer registrations are being refunded automatically through PayPal. Refunds will be processed over the next two weeks. If there are any problems after that time, you should contact

Shaftesbury Fringe

Shaftesbury Rotary Club has decided it is ‘prudent’ to cancel this year’s Gold Hill Fair on Sunday 5th July. The charity fundraisers were also forced to cancel their North Dorset Cycle Ride earlier this month.

In a statement to ThisIsAlfred, the club wrote: “It is after very careful consideration that we have reached this decision. It comes with a heavy heart, but the stallholders and general public’s safety is paramount.” Those stallholders who have already paid will receive a refund.

The club wants to thank locals for their support. “We hope that you all stay safe and support us next year,” they wrote.