Vapnartak 2021

York Wargames Society


The Committee of the York Wargames Society regret that there will be no Vapnartak show in 2021.

The health and welfare of Society members, exhibitors, venue staff and visitors is our first priority. We believe that cancelling the show in plenty of time minimises inconvenience and disappointment to all concerned.

Our sincere hope is that the regulations curtailing public events and mass gatherings will be relaxed, enabling us to come back in 2022.

Thank you for your interest and understanding.

September 2020

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11 months ago


More detail on our thought process

York Wargames Society have been examining the status of Vapnartak as it is affected by the continuing Covid 19 situation. We have to consider the costs in time and money of setting up a show (for the club and the traders and exhibitors) compared to the show suffering from the impact of Covid 19 regulations and social distancing.

There are three possible scenarios
Covid 19 pandemic finishes in good time to set the show up
Covid 19 has some impact but the show can progress in a limited form
Covid 19 has a huge impact and the show must be cancelled.

In these scenarios, 2 or 3 are the most likely.
The problem is we do not know what would have to be in place to run a show under social distancing rules. The rules will be different in February next year and nobody can foretell what they may be. Rules could change just before the show date. We might enter a period of extra lockdown in the middle of the winter flu season the week before.

Therefore bearing in mind that:
We cannot see how we could get 2000 people into the racecourse in a socially distanced manner.
We do not know what the rules will be.
We do not want to tell traders/exhibitors that the show is on to then cancel at the last minute (Recognising the investment in time and money made to even turn up with a van of gear)
We do not know how the attendance might drop due to Covid 19,

The club committee have come to the conclusion that it will be impossible to run Vapnartak in 2021. The risks to health and the risk to the success and hence reputation of the show are too great. We feel that an earlier decision gives clarity and does not raise false hopes.

Our intention is to come back in 2022 stronger than ever.

In the meantime thanks for supporting Vapnartak in the past and we look forward to seeing you in 22.
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11 months ago


Sad to say we have had to pull the show for 2021. The continued situation and uncertainty around Covid 19, we don't know how we could get 2000 visitors, exhibitors and members safely in a covid secure manner in to the Knavesmire stand. The rules are in flux and we could have got the show organised to face a local lockdown or change in the rules with no notice.
Too big a risk to ourselves, our visitors and the reputation of the show.

See post "more detail on our thought process" for more details on our thought process.

Thanks for the understanding.
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