Due to the continuing coronacrisis Fly-UK will this year be postponed from the summer solstice week and now run from Fri 23 July to Sun 1 August 2021.
Boris' recent announcement covering England indicates gatherings in excess of 30 people remain illegal until at least 21st June. We would have set off on the 18th. It therefore seems prudent to delay the trip. Scotland and Wales remain less clear but are hopefully on a similar timetable.
I know this will be a disappointment to those who have already booked aircraft, time off work, or have other commitments during the school holidays. Equally, others may find they're now able to attend whereas they otherwise could not.
I'll update the website and open registration shortly.
Boris' latest announcement (covering England) indicates an intention to change from Step 3 to Step 4 not before 21 June. This is slap bang in the middle of our planned dates.
The rules are clear as mud so difficult to interpret. The step change dates are flexible in one direction, so could easily be pushed back.
During Step 3 (from 17 May) gatherings exceeding 30 people remain illegal (unless it's a stadium where you can have 1000+). We do tend to get 30+ at at an airfield at some point during the trip. Whether we're a gathering or a sporting event I'm not sure, but in the spirit that weddings are still restricted to 30 people it doesn't seem viable to run a larger event during Step 3.
"By Step 4 which will take place no earlier than 21 June, the government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact." With that language, all bets are off, it's political hopes and dreams and flexible dates that could well be pushed back.
Pushing the date back a few weeks will allow for: potential delay of Step 4; some variation in Scotland and Wales opening up; and for businesses we rely on (airfields, fuel, food, accommodation) to get their ducks in a row.