The Wakefield Show usually takes place in April of each year, though recent times have had an impact on that; the pandemic meant the 25th show had to be put off in 2020, and took place in 2021 – around its normal time – as an online one, with the 25th physical event scheduled for this year instead.
This year’s event was originally announced for 23rd April, but ongoing refurbishment work at the hotel caused it to be put back by a month to 21st May. However, there has been another set back, and as a result the organisers are seeking a new location in order to try and ensure that the show goes on.
If recently you had tried booking a room at the regular venue – the Cedar Court Hotel – you would have noticed no room availability until September. The show’s organisers, the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club (WROCC), have been in discussion with the hotel, and it has emerged that the refurbishment work is likely to over-run further, and is now expected to finish in Autumn, meaning the show will not be able to take place at the hotel in May.
Rather than cancel or put off the show once again, the Club is now investigating alternative venues with a view to ensuring it goes ahead on the same date, and in the same broad (West Yorkshire) area. If all goes well, they hope to be able to put out some good news in the next few weeks.
If you were planning to attend the show, they ask that you don’t cross the date out of your diaries just yet; keep the date reserved for the show for the moment, and hopefully we’ll all still be able to greet one another on the day!