Carlisle City Council has announced their events programme for this autumn.

The council has taken in to account several factors, including the uncertainty around the impact and timing of future waves of the coronavirus pandemic but also the need to host events to support the local economy.

Large scale events such as the Fireshow, which attracts more than 35,000 people to one location, will not take place this year but events where covid measures such as social distancing can be put in place will still be hosted within the city.

Cllr Stephen Higgs, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Leisure said: “We need to balance the importance of hosting events and attracting visitors to the city with the safety of the event spectators.

“We take great pride in our events and we cannot allow any event to go ahead which might increase the covid risk to the public."

An events programme will still go ahead but with events that have covid-secure measures in place.

Events set to take place will include the opening of Bitts Park Cultural and Creative Courtyard.

The Old Fire Station will also be displaying work from University media students that people will be able to visit.

Carlisle College also took part in a two day filming event there where they created a movie.

Cumbria's museum of military life will be working in partnership with Carlisle Castle.

They will be reintroducing Veteran's Lunches this month and workshops for families that will take place on Wednesday's during the school holidays.

Councillor Higgs said: "The Fire Show takes several months to plan and we’ve taken the decision that the event will not go ahead at this stage, so that we do not incur any unnecessary costs."

"In addition, we do not want to put extra pressure on local emergency services by hosting a one-off event that would require substantial police and NHS support."