Weston-super-Mare’s popular Real Ale and Cider Festival has been cancelled – for the second year in a row.
The festival, organised by Weston Lions Club, was due to take place at the Beach Lawns on July 23, 24 and 25.
The club had planned to hold the event his year but say, despite restrictions lifting, there would still be ‘too many limitations’ to allow it to run.
A spokesman for Weston Lions Club said: “The club has been watching and waiting in anticipation for the lockdown restrictions to be lifted after such a difficult year, in hopes that we could move forward with the planning and preparation of our popular Real Ale Festival.
“However, even though the Real Ale Festival takes place after the restrictions have been eased we feel as though there will still be too many limitations which will affect the festival and not let it fulfill its potential which people have come to expect.
“It is with a heavy heart and much deliberation that the Lions Club have decided to cancel the Real Ale Festival of 2021.”
The event, which has been running for 13 years, has raised more than £300,000 for local good causes including the RNLI and Weston Hospicecare.
The event attracts crowds of thousands over the three days.
The spokesman added: “Keeping the public and our members safe whilst enjoying themselves is vital and the event will push the limits on the manageability of this.
“We cannot and do not want to put any persons in a vulnerable position so in their best interests we feel as though the festival is unable to go ahead.”
Club officials said they were planning to return to the seafront in 2022, promising the event will return ‘bigger and better.’