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SWT putting public safety first this Christmas

14 October 2020 : Council news, Community safety, Community

The Taunton Christmas Lights Switch On will not take place this year in line with Government advice around the spread of Coronavirus.  

The popular programme of Winterfest events and attractions has also been postponed this year following discussion with the organisers.

The Council supports the decision of Winterfest that staging an event in the town centre is too much of a risk to traders and the public.

Councillor Marcus Kravis, Executive Member for Economic Development, said: “Winterfest and the switch on event itself attract a significant number of people to the county town and it will be impossible to maintain social distancing.

"It is disappointing that these events along with hundreds up and down the country have been postponed but our priority will always be the safety of our businesses, residents and visitors to the town.”

SWT will be ensuring that the town looks festive and that it supports traders with initiatives to encourage people to buy local.

The magnificent Christmas tree donated once again by Langford Lakes will have pride of place on The Parade and there will be Christmas lights throughout the town centre. These will be turned on from 22 November but there will be no formal switch on.

A number of smaller festive markets which adhere to Government safety measures, are also planned throughout November and December including the usual festive market in Fore Street.

Keep an eye on Visit Taunton for updates and news of festive virtual events planned throughout November and December.

If you have further enquiries regarding events in Taunton, please contact Taunton Visitor Centre.