Each summer the huge Carnival weekend arrives, split over 2 days and held in St Andrew’s Field in Paddock Wood. This year, ‘Rockin’ in the Rec’ which is a live music event held on a big stage remains on Saturday evening – a popular change last year. We have a mix of bands and singers and invite everyone to bring their picnic chairs and blankets plus all the family to sit and enjoy this free event. We provide food stalls and a bar for refreshments. This hugely popular event started in 2018 and has been one of our most well received – for its simplicity and relaxed family atmosphere.

As with last year the Carnival moves to Sunday. Early on Sunday morning, you will find Lions on the field erecting marquees, setting out the arena and directing stallholders. Our biggest event of the year and running for over 30 years, the Carnival Parade and Fete attracts over 2,000 people from far and wide. We have a huge collection of stallholders, events in the arena throughout the day (which can involve participation), Shaw’s funfair and a range of food and beverage providers. There is something for everyone.

The parade leaves Eldon Way at 12pm and makes its way down the high street and up Church road to the field. There are usually over 200 participants, all dressed up according to the theme for that year and competing to sing the loudest. Previous themes have included: musicals, films, circus, carnival, Disney, music through the decades and more. 

The Carnival weekend is always held on the second Weekend in July. We are coming back again for 2023 will be the 8th / 9th July.

Would you like a stall at the Carnival? Stall forms are available to download here.