Newport Pagnell Carnival is a jam packed two day event for all the family to enjoy!
The Carnival 5km
In 2019 we had our first Newport Pagnell Carnival 5km run to officially start the weekend and warm up the roads and the crowds ready for the big Parade through town and this year we know it is going to be even bigger! For more information or to enter, check out the run page!
The famous carnival parade then leaves Blakelands (with our very own star of the show Carni Croc leading the way) at 12 noon and travels through the town, past the always amazingly supportive cheering crowds and down onto Riverside Meadow.
Every year thousands of people line the streets to cheer, support and donate pennies to all of the parade entrants. What’s more; they do it whatever the weather!
The entrants always invest a lot of time and effort into putting on a great show and raising money and awareness for local charities, groups and businesses, and every year we fully encourage people to donate generously, cheer loudly and capture the fun in photos in Carnival style!
Most importantly, anyone can enter the parade. We welcome new entrants with open arms every year. All you need is small (or large) group of people, a sprinkle of creativity and bundles of enthusiasm. It is a great way to promote, fundraise and compete for one of our trophies.
The 2020 parade theme for our 60th birthday is 60 Years of Memories and the categories have been confirmed as:
Class A: Promotional / Commercial / Small Business / Advertising
Class B: Majorettes / Cheerleaders / Dance Troupes
Class C: Walking fancy dress
Class D: Children’s Entry
Class E: Most inventive transport
Class F: Best pub
Class G: Best overall interpretation of the theme
Once you have watched the parade you need to head down to Riverside Meadow so you don’t miss out on the rest of the fun on the Saturday!
Saturday field entry remains the same and is £2 per adult and £1 for children and OAPs (Under fives are free!).
On the field you will find more than 50 stalls over the Carnival weekend, there is something for everyone at Riverside Meadow. Lots of stalls from charities, clubs, local and national businesses, boasting a variety of games, tombolas and raffles for adults and kids, along with some beautiful handmade items and those other niche items you didn’t even know you needed until you saw them at Carnival!
Every year we also love spoiling you all with amazing main arena acts, over the years we have had some incredible talent visit us including; The Stannage Stunt Team, The Imps display team, David Seamark and his amazing sheep dogs, The Devil’s Horsemen Wild Wild West Show, Zero Gravity Motorbike and Mountain Bike Stunt Team and Strongman John Evans just to name a few!
We also try to invite some local talent to entertain you between the main shows throughout the day and we always try to mix it up each year to give all the local stars their opportunities!
Food and Drink
There is also lots of yummy food for you to try and keep those energy levels up, there is food for all taste buds and there will always be something for that sweet tooth as well!
There is also the Carnival bar where you can get an adult beverage to celebrate Carnival time, (Committee Tip: The alcoholic slushies were very refreshing in the sunshine!)
If you are interested in have a food van on site please contact us.
In 2019 we invited the Sunset Lounge to come on board and fill our music stage (on Saturday and Sunday) with amazing local talent. They did not disappoint and will be bringing even more musical talent to the field this year!
That’s not it!
There is also the infamous funfair which has an attraction for all the family, then why not try something different with Newport Pagnell Archers (Committee Tip: make it a competition between the family or your friends!)