Unfortunately, due to the likelyhood of ongoing restrictions around public gatherings, we don’t feel that in will be possible to hold a CARNIVAL in June 2021. We hope to be able to organise some sort of celebratory event later in the year – watch this space.

Duffield Community Association (DCA) Carnival week 2020 is cancelled.

The Carnival Crew sadly must report that, as with so many other events, the Duffield Carnival week 2020 planned for the end of June is cancelled, due to the Coronavirus restrictions. We are disappointed that we will not be organising the week of events that are enjoyed by so many. We feel for our Suppliers whom we are turning away just when many of them will be facing multiple cancellations.

Should the government at some stage over the summer relax the social distancing guidelines, we may be able to organise some celebration on a smaller scale if there is a demand. Where appropriate we will approach our Partners and Suppliers to see whether they want to be involved. Failing that we will be looking to stage the next Carnival week in June 2021, culminating with Carnival Day on Saturday June 26th. The Crew’s aim would be to involve those parties who had agreed to be part of the 2020 Carnival, if they were so minded.

Kind regards,
Duffield Carnival Crew

Welcome to Duffield Carnival’s website. We hope you will enjoy browsing through our plans and visiting our past.

Carnival Week 2020 runs from Sunday 21st June – Saturday 27th June 2020. Many events are being planned for your entertainment so put it in your diaries.

Would you like to be involved in the 2020 Carnival?
If the answer is ‘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.

If you wish to apply for a pitch, you can do so via this website.
The deadline for applications is the beginning of June or earlier if we are full.

The theme this year is TRANSPORT, interpret it as you will, and get together with school mates, colleagues and friends for the fancy dress parade which is on Sat 27th 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.

This year’s events kick off with the Crowning of the Carnival Prince(ss) and attendants on Sunday 14th June at St Alkmund’s Church Carnival Service.
Voting in the SHOP WINDOW competition will start on Saturday 20th June.
CARNIVAL WEEK begins in earnest with the family TREASURE HUNT, which this year is on Sun 21st 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 at Meadows School on Wednesday. DUFFIELD TENNIS & SQUASH CLUB are holding an OPEN EVENING-come and have a go on the Thursday, or try ‘Lost Boys’ OPEN AIR THEATRE, family friendly workshop and performance at Duffield Castle. 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 (which will be distributed to local households at the beginning of June).

We want to encourage everyone to buy their tickets in advance. Advance tickets will cost £2.50, but on the day ALL tickets will cost £5.00 – 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 your enjoyment, including donkey rides, Razzamataz Theatre School, Pure Steel band, Circus Workshops and much, much more, to be confirmed. An exciting addition this year are HOVERCRAFT RIDES! And, of course, there are the ever popular VILLAGE GAMES to take part in, or just to enjoy watching. Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon and evening, including the WI’s Afternoon Teas, Gerard’s infamous Pig Roast, Toastie the Difference, One Potato! Two Potato! spuds, new boys Bang In Belper and more throughout the afternoon and evening. We will be able to enjoy live music from two support acts (tbc) and a main band, Dammit Jack, 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

CARNIVAL ENTRY POLICY for our Disabled guests and their Carers
Disabled guests are welcome to obtain tickets through the usual channels. Their carers are entitled to free entry when providing proof of disability on arrival such as a Blue Badge, Doctor’s Letter or DLA/PIP entitlement.

CARNIVAL ENTRY POLICY for stallholders, activity providers and their assistants, etc.
“If you arrive before 12.00 to set up, and plan to stay for the duration, you will not be 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 (£2.50) which gets 7 hours of entertainment.
If you feel you need free entry, please contact the Carnival Chair
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.”