I’m in – where does it all take place?
The Saturday Parade and Sunday Car Rally both leave Blakelands (MK14 5BP) at 12 noon and travel down to Wolverton Road and onto the High Street before taking a right turn onto St Johns Street. Once over the iconic Iron Bridge (the World’s oldest!) they both head for Riverside Meadow where the fun continues well into the day.
How do I get onto Riverside Meadow?
Visitors can get on to the field by one of three ways:
– From Willen Road, past the allotments, over the footbridge and follow the path to the left.
– From the Iron Bridge, take the footpath off of the bridge and past the Iron Works flat block.
– From Trent Gate, by turning in o Dove Close from Severn Drive, going to the left and following the footpath onto the field.
Please note that for safety reasons Dove Gate is CLOSED to pedestrians whilst we get the parade onsite.
Vendors should enter the field via Dove Close (MK16 9DA) by turning onto Severn Drive (by the Kings Arms pub), taking the first turning on the right, the next turning on the right and then entering the gate on the left. There will be Trader signs to follow.
Where can I park?
There are lots of parking locations in and around Newport Pagnell High Street but keep in mind that these tend to fill up quickly.
On the Saturday parking on the field is available. Enter from the gate in Welland Drive but pay attention as it is well hidden!
Turn onto Severn Drive (take the turning by Harben House – De Vere, take the second turning on the left onto Thames Drive, continue straight onto Welland Drive. Follow Welland Drive (past Thurne Close). At the bottom of Welland Drive turn left and the gate will be straight in front of you. Pull onto the field via this gate and park up for FREE.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Both the Parade and Car Rally are free to watch – Just grab a spot along the Parade route and enjoy! We do recommend that you bring plenty of pennies to fill the collection buckets of the Parade entrants, who will be collecting donations for worthy causes.
Entry onto the field on Saturday is £2 per adult and £1 for children and OAPs. Under fives are free.
Entry to the field Sunday is FREE.
Just make sure that you’ve got some spending money for the games, stalls and funfair rides.
How is Newport Pagnell Carnival funded?
The Carnival receives no outside funding. All of the money used to make the whole weekend happen comes from careful planning and fundraising by the Committee throughout the year and from the previous year’s profit.
How much are Newport Pagnell Carnival Committee members paid?
Nothing! The Committee are all volunteers who use their spare time to work together and put on a fantastic weekend full of events. So be sure to say hello and thank you if you see any of them about! They’ll be the ones wearing a blue Carnival Volunteer top, hoodie or hi-vis. And don’t forget to say thank you to all of the other amazing volunteers who help out on the weekend.
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