Each summer the huge Carnival weekend arrives, split over 2 days and held in St Andrew’s Field in Paddock Wood. On the Friday evening, we hold ‘Rockin’ in the Rec’ which is a live music event held on a big stage. 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 has been one of our most well received – for its simplicity and family atmosphere.

Early on Saturday morning, you will find Lions on the field erecting marquees, 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 Friday/Saturday in July. We are coming back for 2021 (subject to C-19 restrictions) and we cannot wait to see you!

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

(Please note the Carnival weekend will be going ahead subject to any Covid-19 restrictions. Unfortunately, there will not be a Parade this year – but we hope to restart this in 2022!)