The carnival date is set :  Monday 6th May 2024

We're busy planning for this years event, hopefully making it as good as last years, if not better!

We'll begin the celebrations with a Sunday afternoon event + Songs of Celebration on Sunday evening  - more on these later.

Our Theme

Our theme this year is 'Films'

Giving you plenty of opportunities to dress up for our carnival procession.

Our Chosen Charity

After a poll on facebook, our followers voted for 'Suicide Prevention UK' as our chosen charity this year. 

We’re really excited to work closely with their local volunteers to involve them in our planning to maximise exposure of Suicide Prevention over the Carnival weekend. 

Community Involvement

Decorate your own May Pole!!!

We are running our very own version of the Gromit Trail, but with May Poles! This year we’d like to invite groups around the village to decorate their own May Pole, these will then be displayed for the May Pole Trail on Sunday 5th May.

Any group can enter, be it the local Scouts or Brownies, to the toddler groups and churches. All local primary schools will be invited to take part!

The Carnival will provide all the raw materials, i.e. a blank May Pole, then it’s over to you to create your masterpiece!

Looking to hold a stall?

We're looking for stallholders, food & beverage outlets, exhibitors & entertainers to make our carnival day the place to be.

We're now taking bookings for stalls - please see the letter HERE for details and a booking form.

AGM 2023

Our Carnival Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2023 was held on Monday 25th September 2023 at 8pm in the Bethesda Methodist Church Hall.

 

For all documents relating to the AGM, please click on the button below:

Wow! What a Weekend

The village was full with people enjoying all of the entertainment and stalls on Monday 1st May 2023.
  • We're still working out the final money raised for our Charity - St. Peters Hospice
  • A big thank you to all of the committee for the organising of the carnival weekend + everyone who helped in any way .....  those who setup everything ; those who manned a stall ; those who helped clear up etc etc  we couldn't have done it without you.
  • Also a big thankyou to the local residents, who cleared the street of cars & put up with the closure of the road + extra people / noise for the day 

Whilst we complete the finances, why not look at some of the pictures taken during the weekend.  CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS.

Click on the Image to see more photos of the weekend

What was on during our 2023 carnival weekend

The Carnival King & Queen + their attendants have been chosen (See our facebook page HERE for the details of who they are), we're now in the closing weeks and final preparations.

See the topics below to see what's happening during the weekend and how you can get involved.  

The main events over the weekend are:

  • Scarecrow Competition  [ HAVE YOU ENTERED YOUR SCARECROW YET? - see below ]
  • Family Treasure Hunt & Scarecrow trail (Sunday 30th April 2pm) [ See below for details ]
  • Songs of Celebration service (Sunday 30th April 6pm)
  • Carnival (Monday 1st May 10am -> 6pm). Click on the links below to see whats on:

Please look further down this page for more details of each & continue to come back and check for updates as we finalise and tweak the program.
Real time updates will be made on our facebook page HERE , so please "like" this page if possible.

We will need lots of help throughout the weekend to ensure that things go smoothly and everyone can enjoy the weekend.
Can you spare a couple of hours to help?   We need help with many tasks - setting up for the weekend ; manning stalls/raffles ; helping with serving teas/coffees/cakes ;  road marshalling ; clearing up at the end  etc etc.  If you can spare some time, please use our Contacts Page HERE to offer your help. Thank you in advance.

Don't forget, all of the money raised this year will be donated to St. Peters Hospice Charity - see the details lower down this page & thanks again to our sponsors (Cross Hands & Bens reclamation) for their support - see their details lower down this page.

Scarecrow Competition - have you built yours yet?

We are looking to decorate Winterbourne Down front gardens with scarecrows on the theme of 'My Hero'.

For a few examples of previous scarecrows, please click  HERE

You will need to register your scarecrow to take part in the competition + allow us to incorporate it into our Treasure Hunt for everyone to view it by the end of the day Friday 28th April.

Judging will be from 1pm on Sunday 30th April and prizes presented on the Methodist Lawn at 3pm on Monday 1st May.

Register your entry HERE

Sunday 30th April from 2pm
 

Family Treasure Hunt & Scarecrow Trail,

Its time to go for a walk around the village for a family friendly Treasure Hunt + take a look at all the wonderful scarecrows that have been made.

It all starts at 2pm at Bethesda Methodist Church Hall, where you can collect your treasure hunt sheet.

We request that you are back to the Methodist Church Hall by 3.30pm, so the quizzes can be marked. 

Refreshments and cakes available for a donation to our chosen charity St Peters Hospice.

Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place to be announced at 4pm

Fee = Proposed donation of £5 per family trail sheet

Songs of Celebration - Sunday 30th April - 6pm

All Saints Church is the venue of our Songs of Celebration this year. We will have The Crossbow Singers & readings to celebrate our May Day weekend.

Carnival Day - Monday 1st May

Our day begins at 10.15 am with the procession from Bradley Avenue to Bethesda Methodist Church where we will crown our MayDay King & Queen + award prizes for the best dressed procession costumes & scarecrows, followed by entertainment and stalls along Down Road, and in the grounds of both Churches for the rest of the day.

Our Monday programme is finalised, click on the links below:

  - Schedule of Events HERE
  - Stalls and Attractions HERE

We've also compiled an FAQ HERE - topics include parking, food, road closures etc. This will continue to be updated with information as we get asked / think of it.

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