• CARNIVAL THEME 2019    “Oh, I do like to be beside the sea…..”

    CARNIVAL THEME 2019 “Oh, I do like to be beside the sea…..”


The theme for CARNIVAL 2020 is TRANSPORT



THEME: ‘Oh, I do like to be beside the sea…’

THANK YOU for joining us on Eyes Meadow for a fabulous day of fun yesterday. Thanks to the amazing float designers, performers, on-field entertainment, security, volunteers, helpers and everyone I’ve forgotten…

Welcome to Duffield Carnival’s website. We hope you will enjoy browsing through our plans and visiting our past.
Carnival Week 2019 runs from Sunday 23rd June – Saturday 29th June 2019. Many events are being planned for your entertainment so put it in your diaries.

Would you like to be involved in the 2019 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.

The deadline for applications is the beginning of June or earlier if we are full.

The theme this year is ‘Oh, I do like to be beside the sea…’, interpret it as you will, and get together with school mates, colleagues and friends for the fancy dress parade which is on Sat 29th 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 Prince and his attendants on Sunday 16th June at St Alkmunds Church’s family fun day.
Voting in the SHOP WINDOW competition will start on Saturday 22nd June.
CARNIVAL WEEK begins in earnest with the family TREASURE HUNT, which this year is on Sun 23rd 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, a Q&A with the NATIONAL TRUST, on site at DUFFIELD CASTLE, and DUFFIELD SINGERS concert are all on Wednesday. DUFFIELD TENNIS & SQUASH CLUB are holding an OPEN EVENING-come and have a go, and there will be a TREE TRAIL on Broadway, on the Thursday. 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 a family DOG SHOW organised by Scarsdale Vets, circus skills, DanceFitt workshops, donkey rides, even a trip to the beach! There will be performances by Vision Dance, The Rock Choir and Razzamataz Theatre School. And, of course, there are the ever popular VILLAGE GAMES to take part in, or just to enjoy watching. Take a look at the WI BAKING & CAKE DECORATING CHALLENGE exhibits in the Main Marquee (Bring entries to the marquee on the day, guidance notes are available from this website, under ‘Events’). Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon and evening, including the WI’s Afternoon Teas, Gerard’s infamous Pig Roast, Toastie the Difference, Artisan Crepes, and in the evening, ‘Calcutta comes to Duffield’ courtesy of Duffield Catering, alongside All Fired Up pizzas and One Potato! Two Potato! spuds. We will be able to enjoy live music from Derwent Valley Wind Band in the afternoon, two support acts, David Lacey and Weekend Edition, and a main band, Littlefield, 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 Chairman
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.”