One of the most popular events on Evesham’s calendar has been cancelled.

The Evesham River Festival has been postponed, organisers have announced.

The boating extravaganza was due to be held for the first time since 2019 on July 9.

However, due to work going on in Workman Gardens the 2022 edition has now been cancelled.

A statement on the event’s Facebook page read: “Unfortunately, the Evesham River Festival will not be able to go ahead this year due to circumstances out of our control.

“The Workman Gardens are undergoing renovations and the available space is not adequate to comply with health and safety requirements to hold this event.

“Thank you to everyone for their continued support to this wonderful local event.

“We want to make next year's event a showcase event for the river and the town and planning is already underway.”

The Evesham River Festival was cancelled in both 2020 and 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

With the postponement of this year’s event, the next instalment of the festival will not take place until July 8, 2023.

Among the work taking place in Workman Gardens is the refurbishment of the Waterside toilet block.

The development was originally meant to be completed in May.

However, in April Wychavon District Council confirmed that the finishing date had been pushed back until July.

A council spokesperson confirmed there were several reasons for the delay.

They said: "A combination of issues have contributed to the delay, including staff shortages due to Covid, service connection delays, and needing to close the site during Storm Eunice."