What’s On: Carnival Week and Carnival Day 2013

What's On?

The 2013 Somersham Carnival Week begins this Saturday (15th) and runs through until next Sunday (23rd), but what’s on?

We have a full and varied programme this year, with the underlying theme of ‘Beside the Seaside’.

Here’s what’s scheduled throughout the week*.

During Carnival Week (15th-23rd June)

Fancy Dress dog and owners. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd
Novelty Dog Show returns.
Photo: JLC Photography Limited.

On Carnival Day (22nd June)

9am: Stalls start to set up on the Norwood Playing Field

11.45am: Procession assembles on The Trundle. Walkers at the Millennium Pavilion Gate (all welcome but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult). Floats at the north end of The Trundle. Vintage vehicles at the Millennium Pavilion car park (please go via Feoffees Road).

12 noon: Judging for Best Decorated Float (Club/Pub, school, and independent), and Best Walking Group.

12 noon: Stalls open. Beach Bar Beer Tent opens.

12.15pm: Procession starts from The Trundle

St Ives Rhythm and Blues band at 2011 Carnival
St Ives Rhythm and Blues band return for 2013.
Photo: JLC Photography Ltd.

12.30pm: St Ives Rhythm & Blues Band begin (in the Busker’s Marquee).

12.30pm: Video Games Tournament starts. Video Games Arcade opens (in the Scout Hut).

1pm: Pidley Male Voice Choir begin (next to the Pimms Tent!)

1pm: Somersham Town Band begin (in Victory Hall Garden)

1.30pm: Fancy Dress Competition in the theme ‘Beside the Seaside’ (in the Arena).

1.45pm: Stella Hensley & Chris Newman (on the Music Stage)

2pm: Punch & Judy Show (in the Arena)

2pm: Baby Competition (under 12mths – with a parent!) (in the Arena)

2.30pm: Somersham Singers (in Victory Hall Garden)

2.30pm: Charity Haircut

2.45pm: Greyhound Friends (in the Arena)

Denise Black
Denise Black’s Loose Screw headlines the Seaside Rock Concert

3pm: Punch & Judy Show (in the Arena)

3pm: Dark Surrender (on the Music Stage)

4pm: Punch & Judy Show (in the Arena)

4.15pm: Tug-of-War Contest (in the Arena). Teams should register beforehand at the Information Tent.

4.30pm: Grand Prize Draw

7.30pm: Seaside Rock Concert with licensed bar (in Victory Hall)

Teas in Victory Hall kindly provided by Hope & Aid Direct.

Train rides will take place all around the field throughout the afternoon.

*Although we’ll aim to stick to this schedule, the Carnival Committee reserve the right to make amendments where required.

Flex those muscles – Tug-of-War teams needed

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

Carnival Day wouldn’t be complete without a tug-of-war competition!

The winning tug-of-war team from 2011 Somersham Carnival.
The winning tug-of-war team from 2011 Somersham Carnival. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd

If you would like to take part in the competition – which takes place on Carnival Day (22nd June)  – just make sure that you have pre-registered your team at the Information Tent near the entrance to the Norwood Playing Field.

The competition takes place in The Arena at 4.15pm.

Fancy Dress Competition

A dog in a mermaid costume

With this year’s Carnival comes a themed Fancy Dress Competition.

A dog in a mermaid costume
A mer-dog? Photo: petsadviser.com CC Flickr.

Judged at 1.30pm in The Arena on Carnival Day (22nd June), judges will be looking for costumes adopting this year’s theme of ‘Beside the Seaside’.

Perhaps we’ll see Mermaids? Giant Shells? Walking Sandcastles? Victorian/Edwardian Bathers?

It’s time to get thinking!