In Pictures: Somersham ‘Going For Gold’ at Sport For All event

Wheelchair Sport Challenge. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd

Somersham Carnival Week kicked off on Saturday 16th with ‘Sport For All’ – a day of sporting and fitness activity taster sessions. Ed Procter and a number of sports coaches were on hand to introduce, encourage and teach people a range of new activities as diverse as Zumba, Tang Soo Do, Archery, Table tennis, and a Wheelchair Sport Challenge.

Here’s a selection of photos from the day – check back, as we’ll update it with more pics soon.

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‘Go For Gold’ at this year’s Carnival Quiz

Carnival Quiz

Carnival Quiz
Are your grey cells aiming for gold?

Warm up those grey cells in preparation for this Saturday because Carnival Quiz is back!

On Saturday 16th June at the Victory Hall from 7.30pm (for an 8pm start), teams from across the Somersham area will all be ‘Going For Gold’ as they battle it out to win the Carnival Quiz 2012.

The quiz is open to teams of up to 6 people, with an entry fee of £5 per person. You’ll need to reserve tickets – by calling (01487) 840034.

Bring your own drinks and nibbles – apparently oily fish and blueberries are ‘brain foods’ – but whether they’ll help you…. only time will tell.

‘Go For Gold’ by unleashing your inner athlete at Sports For All

Ever wondered what Zumba or Tang Soo Do are? Do you want to try Squash, Netball or Archery?

Well, now’s your chance, as Ed Procter brings ‘Sports For All’ to this year’s Somersham Carnival with a day of taster sessions on Saturday 16th June in venues across Somersham. You never know, you could end up ‘Going For Gold’ in your new-found sport at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil!

Other sporting taster sessions include Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis, Skatepark skills, Wheelchair challengers, Cricket, Tag Rugby, Disco Dancing, Bowls and more!

For activity details, timetables and venues, download the full Sports For All Programme* (PDF, 532Kb)

Starting from 8am and lasting until 4pm, you can join Ed and a host of other sports and fitness coaches in taster sessions, costing just £1 per sport or £2.50 for a day ticket to access all sports (family discounts available).

There’s also a 2km Family Fun Run with medals for winners in each age group – race numbers available in Somersham schools or the library (or contact Ed Procter on 01487 841021).

Sporting champions will also be available to share the secrets of their success.

Plus, for £1 you can create your own Olympic-style torch (no real flames though!) for you to use in the Carnival Day Parade on 23rd June. Crafts are kindly organised by the First Step Playgroup in the Scout Hut.

*The organisers reserve the right to alter the sporting activities, time or locations where necessary at short notice. Please check on the day to avoid any inconvenience.

Battle your friends in the video games tournament

Fancy battling against your gran, sibling or neighbour on huge 60 inch screens? Well, now you can by competing against friends in the Somersham Carnival Video Games Tournament held on Wednesday 20th June at The Centurian Club.

Somersham Carnival Video Games Tournament poster

Go for Gaming Gold

Calling all gamers in and around Somersham: drop in to the Carnival Video Games Tournament at the Centurian Club on Wednesday June 20 (5.30pm-9.00pm) to catch some action on the BIG screens.

Compete for the Junior (12-16) or Senior (over 16) Gaming Trophies in the special Going For Gold Carnival Competition Game, play on the other games, or just watch.

All gaming £1 a go. Licensed bar – so under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

‘Go For Gold’ at the Family Cycle Ride

Cyclists in the 2011 Family Cycle Ride. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd

Cyclists of the area are encouraged to ‘go for gold’ on Sunday 24th June, in one of the closing events of the 2012 Somersham Carnival Week.

The Family Cycle Ride, which sees participants young and old take in 4.4 miles in and around Somersham, sets off at 11am from the Victory Hall car park.

The 2012 Somersham Carnival Family Cycle Ride route map

Participants under 10yrs of age must be accompanied by an adult, and all participants must register on the day at the start line at 10.45. There is an entry fee of £1 for adults, and 50p per child.

Trophies will be awarded to the Junior, 12 and Under, and Senior cyclist categories for the most number of laps of the circuit in the allotted time.

The ride begins at 11am and finishes at 1pm.

Refreshments available.


If you’re determined to ‘go for gold’ and take home the trophy, you can download the route map for those practice rides!

Flex those muscles for a tug-of-war challenge on Carnival Day

The winning tug-of-war team from 2011 Somersham Carnival.

Do you have the strength to win a tug-of-war against some of the strongest?

If you’ve got the muscle power, then this year’s Carnival Day tug-of-war on Saturday 23rd June needs you!

The winning team competing in Tug-of-war
The winning team competing in Tug-of-war. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd.

Could you beat last year’s winning team?

Here’s a few of the regular competing teams of 8:

  • The Rose and Crown
  • First Steps Playgroup Dads
  • Somersham Town Youth Football Club
  • The George

Get together with 7 team-mates and register at the Carnival Information Tent on the day.

The tug-of-war contest will take place at 4:15pm on Carnival Day. Good luck!

It’s time to get colouring!

Colouring sheet with some colouring pencils

It’s time to pick up those pens and pencils and get colouring crazy!

Colouring sheet with some colouring pencils

This year’s ‘Going For Gold‘ themed colouring sheets are now available for download – one design for ages 3-6yrs, the other for 7-11yr olds.

The colouring competition is part of the Country Craft event which takes place at the Village Hall on Sunday 17th June.

Both sheets have been expertly drawn and kindly donated to the competition by the Somersham Art Club, and you can download them now from the links below.

How to submit your entry

Take your work of art to the Country Crafts Registration on 17th June between 9:30-11:30am in order to ensure it stands a chance of winning.

More exciting events to be announced very soon!