The Lincoln Imp Trail has been cancelled until 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis.
Organiser Lincoln BIG has also cancelled the Bailgate Busking Festival, Lincoln by the Sea (the beach), 1940s Weekend and the Morris Dancing Festival.
However, Lincoln BIG will launch a separate ‘IMP on the Shelf’ event for Christmas for residents, businesses and visitors to enjoy. In the meantime, sponsors can take their ‘Imp on Tour’.
A date has yet to be set for the new trail in 2021, but it will run over a longer period including the summer holidays.
The full IMP trail leaflet will be available with a children’s competition. A new interactive app will be launched with new features and engagement opportunities, while souvenirs, merchandise and an auction catalogue will also be available.
A farewell event will take place mid-September with the auction on Lincolnshire Day 2021 (October 1) to raise funds for St Barnabas.
Sarah Loftus, Chief Executive at Lincoln BIG, said: “We have taken the decision to postpone the trail until 2021 to ensure that we meet the government’s guidelines for social distancing and not ‘cluttering’ the High Street.
“Businesses and sponsors have also said that the IMP Trail means so much to the city that Lincoln BIG should wait to maximise its benefits for next year.
“The new plans will make the Lincoln IMP Trail bigger, better and more fun. It will bring people back into the city and put a smile on people’s faces, when it’s safe to do so.”