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Duffield Carnival

Welcome to Duffield Carnival’s website. We hope you will enjoy browsing through our plans and visiting our past. Carnival Week 2018 runs from Sunday 24th June – Saturday 30th June 2018. Many events are being planned for your entertainment so put it in your diaries.

Would you like to be involved in the 2018 Carnival? If YES then you are invited to come along to our next Carnival Crew meeting. Find out more about the events, meet the Carnival Crew, and even give us ideas on how to make this year’s CARNIVAL better than ever.

CARNIVAL ENTRY POLICY for stallholders, activity providers and their assistants, etc.
“Those people who come before 12.00 to set up, and stay for the duration, are not charged an entry fee (Pass-outs are available if you need to take a break). For the other helpers it is not unreasonable to expect them to purchase an advance ticket (£3) which gets 7 hours of entertainment.
The contribution of the helpers is important, however it should be appreciated that hundreds of people contribute to the staging of the Carnival, if all got in for free we would not be creating the revenue necessary to cover the costs.”

The theme this year is ‘NAME THAT TUNE’, interpret it as you will, and get together with school mates, colleagues and friends for the fancy dress parade which is on Sat 30th June. There’s no age limit so you’re all welcome to join in!
Take a look at our photo gallery, it might bring back memories plus you might get some inspiration for this year’s procession.

The year’s events kick off with the crowning of the Carnival Princess and her attendants on Sunday 10th June at St Alkmunds Church’s family fun day.
Voting in the SHOP WINDOW competition will start on Saturday 23rd June.
CARNIVAL WEEK begins in earnest with the family TREASURE HUNT, which this year is on Sun 24th June.
The events continue throughout the week at various venues with the ‘DUFFIELD 5’ steeplechase on Monday, starting from Meadows School; the BBQ organised by all the local churches on Tuesday on Eyes Meadow; the children’s SPORTS SPECTACULAR on Wednesday, at Meadows School. DUFFIELD TENNIS & SQUASH CLUB are holding an OPEN DAY on the Thursday and we will be entertained by FOLK STORIES (adult) from SOPHIE SNELL 7:00 for 7:30 at Bradman’s Wine Cellar. Friday sees the focus switch to the big Marquee on Eyes Meadow with DUFFIELD DYNAMOS staging their PRESENTATION EVENING.

8.00am Saturday morning heralds the big push as volunteers set up the main event (why don’t you come down to help?). You can still make it back to see the Carnival Procession, this leaves Avenue Road at 12.45. It launches the Carnival Day, from then it is full on till we wind the evening down with live music till nine. See the Carnival Day page for the full programme.

We want to encourage everyone to buy their tickets in advance. Ticket advance sale prices will remain the same at £3 for Adults and £1 for Secondary school children, but on the day ALL tickes will cost £5 – still a cheap day’s entertainment. Primary school children (and younger) and anyone in full fancy dress in the procession still get in free.

We are presently planning entertainment for the main arena, including a family DOG SHOW organised by Scarsdale Vets. Take a look at the WI ART & CRAFT CHALLENGE exhibits in the Main Marquee (The entry form and guidance notes will be available from this website). Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon and evening. We will be able to enjoy live music from Derwent Valley Wind Band in the afternoon, two support acts, Zee Zee Tops Tribute and Silicone Taxis, and a main band, SHRB, in the evening. We look forward to welcoming you throughout the week. For more details on the week’s entertainment see the Carnival Events page.

Duffield Carnival Crew