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National Hamfest 2023 Cancelled


No Newark This Year


This message from, Chris Danby, on behalf of the National Hamfest (Lincoln) Ltd came in this morning:

“Dear All

It is with a sad heart that I, unfortunately, have to advise that the National Hamfest team will reluctantly have to cancel the 2023 National Hamfest event. Unfortunately, we have been hit with several curved balls this year. Firstly our temporary move to Peterborough in October was cancelled by the venue themselves, which has meant finding a new venue or new date. 

A new venue has proved impossible to find at short notice. We have negotiated some revised dates in July at Newark but after many discussions, we have reached the conclusion that the school holidays and the like were a problem for traders big and small. We are also unsure how many of the attendees would also be unable to attend for the same reasons. 

Finally, we looked at the financial impact and concluded it was not viable to run the event with the reduced trade attendees and the risk of reduced footfall. I can assure you all, we haven’t made this decision lightly.

However, we are pleased to confirm that we hope to put on a bigger and better event in 2024 at the Newark Showground on our more usual dates of the 27 & 28 September. Please put the date in your diary now and we hope to see you there.

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Chris Danby

Director National Hamfest