Well – sorry it has been such a long time since my last blog – a lot has gone on in the world since my last one.
At the end of a fantastic Festival way way way back in March, we were looking forward to our conference and events all starting again and enjoying a summer of our varied and eclectic events.
The worldwide pandemic then hit us and we have been closed since March. However, we are pleased to see that this month will see the team return with the news from the Government that conferences and events can re-start on the 1st October.
Our sales team have been working hard to move events from earlier in the year till the final quarter if they are able to move and the operations team are starting to work on the plans for those events.
I enjoyed a “busman’s holiday” trip to Sudeley Castle recently to visit the Fashion and Gift Show – they are due to come to us in late October and it was great to catch up with organiser Noelle and her team to hear the plans. Do check out the website and book a ticket – get a head start on Christmas Shopping.
We are part of the ‘We’re Good to Go’ is an industry standard that has been developed by Visit Britain in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The kitemark and ‘Good to Go’ logo will give our customers confidence that we have committed to a set of standards on cleaning, hygiene and appropriate social distancing measures to keep our guests safe. We may not know every answer to every question yet, the government guidance is still to be confirmed, but we remain positive together that we are a good to go on events.
It has been great to see some of the site tenants get up and going again.
It was wonderful to hear the sound of steam engines once again at the Racecourse with the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) reopening.
GWSR ran its first post-lockdown public train service on 15th August – five months to the day since services were brought to an abrupt halt after the last train of the 2020 season, on 15 March.
It was a triumphant occasion for the railway’s volunteers, who the previous weekend (8-9 August) had rehearsed the new, socially-distanced arrangements and timetable.
Over the lockdown period it has been great to see some of the fantastic community work being done – Lyndsay who arranges the Curtain and Blind events has been busy making scrubs and masks in Cornwall for the local hospitals. Great effort.
Stay safe and I will update you with our plans as we progress towards the end of September.