Ambitious plans for public events to return to Mansfield during 2021

With the Covid pandemic effectively wiping out public events in Mansfield for the past 12 months, council chiefs have outlined ambitious plans to return entertainment and other activities to the district during 2021.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 12:41 pm

Under the Government road map, from May 17 indoor entertainment and attractions will be allowed to reopen – and many outdoor events will be allowed to commence with a 50 per cent capacity.

Outdoor seated events will be allowed to operate at a 25 per cent capacity and it is anticipated that from June 21 there will be no restrictions on social distancing and larger events will be permitted to take place.

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A performer at the Full Shebang arts festival in Mansfield in 2019

And a report submitted to Mansfield District Council’s overview and scrutiny committee has outlined entertainment and events that will hopefully take place in the area until the end of the year in line with Covid restrictions.

From late May, the authority is looking at holding a three-week celebration of the environment – with a focus on the impact of bees and wildlife on our town and may include a trail of new planters, and a district-wide Spring clean may return.

Throughout July and August – and road map dependent – the council is hoping to bring a number of outdoor theatre performances to the town, potentially attracting Derby-based Oddsocks theatre company to the town with its production of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, and Chapterhouse Theatre Company to perform Alice in Wonderland and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Venues have not yet been confirmed but Titchfield Park, Carr Bank Park, Berry Hill Park and Yeoman Hill are all being mooted as possible locations.

Later in August, the council is looking at holding a Summer festival, including music, walkabout entertainment, stalls and rides. The event is set to take place on Titchfield Park, if it gets the green light.

It is unclear at this stage whether the beach in the Market Place will happen, but plans are afoot to return the Full Shebang arts event to the town in September – depending on the situation with the pandemic.

It is hoped that Remembrance Day commemorations will be allowed to resume, and there are also plans for the Christmas Lights switch-on in November and other festive events in December.

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