The Outdoor Trade Show is normally held annually. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The Outdoor Trade Show is normally held annually. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The UK’s biggest trade gathering for the outdoor industry will not take place this year.

The Outdoor Trade Show had been scheduled to take place in Manchester in July.

Organisers of the event, at which brands, retailers and other organisations exhibit new products for trade buyers and the media, have put the show back to June 2021.

They said: “This decision has been made as a result of consultation with stakeholders and exhibitors to determine the best outcome for everyone involved.

“The belief is that the rescheduling of the show benefits all involved and provides the best possible platform for both exhibitors and visitors to do business next year when there is less turmoil within the trade and when everyone hopes that things will have settled down properly.”

The next OTS will now take place at Event City in Trafford at the end of June 2021, the week following a major European trade show, OutDoor by Ispo, which is held in Munich.

“The organisers have worked hard with the venue and secured an arrangement where OTS can be transitioned to next year and very much look forward to hosting OTS in 2021,” a spokesperson said.

  • Film-maker Terry Abraham. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

    Film-maker Terry Abraham. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

    The premiere of film-maker Terry Abraham’s film Life of a Mountain: Helvellyn has also been postponed because of the Covid-19 crisis.

It was due to take place at Rheged near Penrith in Cumbria later this year.

Abraham posted on Facebook: “I guess it won’t come as too much of a surprise but it’s with a tremendously heavy heart and profound regret to announce the premiere of my love letter to the fells at the Rheged Centre in May is now postponed.”

He said he hoped to reschedule the premiere for later this year and anyone with tickets will be able to use them for the new showing.

“At this point, there is nothing you need to do if you are happy with a rescheduled event later in the year. If this is not suitable, they can offer a refund on your tickets.

“On a positive note, it’s going to be one helluva party. There’ll displays, talks, songs, food and beer. The place will be buzzing but plans have been made to make it both intimate and informal. A bit like me!”

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