Hitchin town centre beach donkey rides cancelled due to extreme heat

PUBLISHED: 12:07 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:07 26 July 2018

The planned donkey rides for Hitchin's town centre beach have been cancelled due to the extreme heat. File photo.

The planned donkey rides for Hitchin's town centre beach have been cancelled due to the extreme heat. File photo.


Donkey rides will not be offered at next week’s Hitchin town centre beach transformation, due to the scorching heat.

Historic jewellers Gatwards and the Hitchin BID are to transform the town’s Market Place into a sandy beach for everyone to enjoy free from Wednesday to Sunday next week – with a surf simulator in the square for the last two days.

Some members of the public had raised concerns about a plan to hold donkey rides over the weekend, the cancellation of which Hitchin BID manager Tom Hardy has today confirmed.

He said: “After careful consideration the Hitchin BID and Gatwards have decided not to offer donkey rides during the beach event from August 1 to 5 as temperatures have been, and continue to remain, very high.

“There will, however, be plenty of exciting activities on offer in addition to the giant community beach. A surf simulator, helter-skelter, treasure hunt, ice cream and deckchairs are just some of the activities on offer.”

The beach itself will be free, but there will be charges for the surf simulator and other rides. It will be open from 10am to 4pm daily.

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