Battleground Wargames Show
When: CANCELLED FOR 2020!
Where: Queens Campus Sports Hall, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH
Entry: FREE ENTRY!
After careful consideration and discussions with our venue and other show organisers, we've reached the sad decision to cancel Battleground 2020. The current Covid situation causes a whole host of problems for holding large events in crowded venues and the added factors are just too much currently:
- Face masks would have to be compulsory and we would have to refuse entry to anyone that didn't come with one. Some folks might have health issues which permit them to not wear masks, which we would need to confirm at the door.
- We would need to implement a one-way system through the hall which would need to be policed by our staff.
- We would have to stagger the entry into the hall with some kind of ticketing system to keep the numbers in the hall to around 100-150 maximum. The ticketing itself is a bit tricky but we might also have people complaining if they have to queue outside until the hall empties out sufficiently.
- We would need PPE and sanitation stations all over the hall, which is an added cost to deal with.
- We would need to hire the hall for an extra half-day to allow the traders a bigger window for unloading and packing away. This incur more extra costs.
- The venue would have to perform a deep-clean before and after the event to make sure that they've covered their side.
All of that extra hassle and costs would mean that we'd be losing money on the event, whilst also asking the traders to take a gamble on something that might not be viable for them in terms of visitor numbers and sales.
With everything considered, the sensible option is to cancel this year's event and wait for this Corona situation to calm down. Hopefully by the beginning of 2021 things will be under control and we might have a vaccine.
We'll update everyone as to the date for 2021 as soon as we can. Currently the Warfare show in Ascot have moved their event into our usual slot, but we're waiting to hear back from them about whether that's a permanent change.
We always work to bring the best traders and the widest selection of hobby related products along to the event, so keep an eye out for some new additions for 2021!
We're always trying to bring the best selection of both display and participation games to the show, some presented by local games clubs and others by traders demo'ing their wares.
We'll be updating the games lists from August onwards, so keep checking back!
Living history groups are a great addition to any event, and we'll have some interesting groups attending Battleground 2021.