What are the committee doing leading up to carnival weekend?
Aside from booking all of the exciting things for Carnival, the Committee will be busy fundraising to pay for everything!
Whether it be selling duck tickets, wheelbarrow raffle tickets or supporting other organisations and events, if you spot one of the team in a blue top, come and say hello. We try to support all local events and host a stall or duck stand where possible. Our famous Carnival wheelbarrows are a crows pleaser too so keep an eye on our facebook page for the next big opportunity to win.
I want to enter the parade – is it too late?
No! The last day for parade entries collecting money is 2nd June 2023. Download an application form from the Parade section of the website.
I want a stall space – is it too late?
Never too late for a stall, but you must book first – Download a stall application form HERE
I want to enter my vintage or modern car – is it too late?
Its not too late to enter your car, but you need to book first. Please find an entry form HERE
I want to buy a ‘big’ duck – is it too late?
Lucky for you, we still have some ‘big’ duck spaces available, download an ‘Big Duck’ entry form HERE.
I want to volunteer – is it too late?
It’s never ever too late! We always need volunteers. Please drop us a message on our social media pages or complete an enquiry form HERE and one of the team will be in touch. Any extra hands on the day is always very welcome.
How do I get a car boot sale space?
Turn up on the morning (Sunday 2nd 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 are the times?
All event timings are approximate, but to get a good idea of the event schedule, check out our online programme HERE
How long does the parade take?
Roughly, an hour. If you really can’t wait that long to see the parade, pick a viewing spot closer to Blakelands. All timings are estimated.
Are water pistols allowed in the parade?
Yes, it’s become a bit of a Carnival tradition. We do, however, ask all water pistol owners to be considerate in their use and act in the spirit of the carnival and not aim for peoples faces or for people who clearly don’t want cooling down. You are also not able to stop to ‘refuel’ 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 block of flats.
– From Trent Gate, by turning into Dove Close (from Severn Drive), bear left and follow the footpath onto the field.
Please note that for safety reasons Dove Gate is CLOSED to pedestrians until all parade vehicles are onsite.
Food Vendors and stall holders should enter the field via Dove Close (MK16 9DA) Turn on to Severn Drive (by the Kings Arms pub), take the first right turn and then bear right again. The gate will be on your left. There will be Trader signs to follow.
Where can I park?
Parking is available on site, you can find all the details and directions HERE
How much money should I bring with me?
Both the Saturday parade and the Sunday Car Rally are free to watch – just grab a spot along the route and enjoy. Don’t forget some pennies for the charity collection buckets during the Saturday parade.
Saturday field entry: £2 per Adult and £1 for Children and Concessions (Under 5’s are free).
Sunday field entry is FREE.
If you plan to play some games, buy some snacks or have a go on the funfair rides, you’ll need to bring some extra pennies for those.
The Main Arena shows are all included in the entrance charge.
I need to collect my child/pet/mascot/spouse from the field – can I get in for free?
Entry into the field gets very busy immediately after the parade and our volunteers will not be able to escort you. Therefore everyone wishing to enter the Carnival area is required to pay on entry. All parade entrants are advised in advance of the event to arrange a meeting spot outside of the Carnival area if they do not wish to pay the entrance charge.
I can’t get hold of you – what do I do?
Please 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 the team 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.