FAQs

Where are you going to be leading up to carnival weekend?

Want to buy your duck ticket, talk carnival or say hello before the weekend itself? We’ll be at:

  • The Vintage Weekend – 09 June
  • The Farmers’ Market – 15 June
  • The Strawberry Fair – 17 June
  • Green Park School Summer Fete – 29 June
  • Carnival Court Decrowning/Crowning – 29 June, Working Men’s Club

We’ll also have some pop-up duck ticket stalls – keep an eye on Facebook for more information.

I want to enter the parade – is it too late?

Maybe – the last day for parade entries collecting money is Monday 11 June. If you want to enter but don’t want to collect money, contact parades@newportpagnellcarnival.com asap and we’ll see what we can do.

I want a stall space – is it too late?

Maybe – email stalls@newportpagnellcarnival.com and we’ll see what we can do. Space permitting, we’ll try and get you on.

I want to enter my classic/vintage car – is it too late?

Contact Mike Langford on 01908 582096 or 01908 610621 or at  info@verymill.co.uk and he’ll see what he can do.

I want to buy a ‘big’ duck – is it too late?

Lucky for you, we’ve had some extra ‘big’ duck spaces become available. Contact ducks@newportpagnellcarnival.com to start decorating yours.

I want to volunteer – is it too late?

Never! We are always scrambling around for volunteers, especially for road closures. Please email volunteers@newportpagnellcarnival.com to make our day.

How do I get a car boot sale space?

Turn up on the morning (Sunday 08 July) for your pitch – no pre-booking needed. Make sure you turn up after 10 am otherwise you will be turned away – enjoy that extra time in bed!

What is actually happening on Saturday 07 and Sunday 08 July?

We’re so glad you asked!

Saturday kicks off with a parade celebrating our 2018 theme ‘through the decades’ and leads the crowds to Riverside Meadow where there will be: main stage entertainment (Imps Motorcycle Display Team, David Seemark Sheepdog trials), a music stage, live wrestling, stalls, a funfair, food vans, a beer tent, archery, inflatables and lots more.

Sunday starts with a classic and vintage car parade, which leads back onto Riverside Meadow for a car show, car boot sale, stalls, food vans, a funfair, a beer tent, live music and the all-important duck race.

What are the times?

The times you need to know are:

Saturday
12:00 Parade
13:00 Riverside Meadow & Music Stage Opens
14:00 Imps Motorcycle Display Team
14:40 David Seamark Sheepdog & Sheep Demonstration
15:15 Carnival Trophies
15:30 Imps Motorcycle Display Team
16:10 David Seamark Sheepdog & Sheep Demonstration

Things tend to wrap up around 5/6 depending on the weather.

Sunday
12:00 Parade
13:00 Music Stage Begins
14:30 Duck Races Begin

Please note that all times are estimates and sometimes, despite the best of planning, things fall behind schedule. If that happens, grab an ice cream and enjoy the break!

I’m in – where does it all take place?
Both Saturday and Sunday Parades 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. You can watch the parade at any point along the route.

How long does the parade take?

Roughly, an hour. It’s hot (hopefully), we have a lot of walking entries and a lot of stunning entries who (rightly) want to be seen. If you really can’t wait that long to see the parade, pick a viewing spot close to Blakelands. All times are estimates

Are water pistols allowed in the parade?

Yes, water pistols nearly always take place in the parade and we’re not one to restrict the fun. We do, however, ask all water pistol owners to be considerate in their use and act in the spirit
of the carnival and we don’t allow ‘refuelling’ along the route.

How do I get onto Riverside Meadow?
Walking visitors can enter:

– 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 into 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 while 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 parades are free to watch – just grab a spot along the route and enjoy! We do recommend that you bring plenty of pennies to fill the collection buckets for all the worthy causes being celebrated.

Saturday field entry is £2 per adult and £1 for children and OAPs. Under fives are free.

Sunday field entry is FREE.

Just make sure that you’ve got some spending money for the games, stalls and funfair rides.

I Just need to collect my child/pet/mascot/spouse from the field – can I get on for free?

Unfortunately not. Entry onto the field gets pretty manic after the parade has finished and we don’t have time to escort you. All parade entrants are told to arrange a meeting spot outside of the field if this is an issue.

I can’t get hold of you – what do I do?

Be patient. We all do this for fun and sometimes we’re working, feeding kids, doing our laundry or dealing with other carnival stuff. We will always get back to you as soon as possible. Please note, if you’re trying to contact us on the carnival weekend itself, we may not get back to you until the following week.

Got a question that hasn’t been answered here? Please contact us.

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