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.

In Pictures: Somersham Carnival Day 2012

Two people in Sumo Wrestler costumes

This afternoon, Norwood Playing Fields has played host to the 2012 Somersham Carnival Day.

The celebrations kicked off with the Procession, which left The Trundle at 12:15pm, taking the newly-crowned Princess Morgan and her attendants Rachel Day and Eleanor Phipps, on a colourful carnival-filled atmosphere to the playing field, followed by many floats, walkers and classic vehicles.

A Baby Competition, Comedy Sumo Wrestling, a Fun Fair, a beer tent, the music tent, and many stalls, kept the crowds entertained with a series of events taking place in the main arena. Even the sunshine decided to ‘Go For Gold’ – a nod to this year’s theme.

Carnival Day is not the end of Carnival Week though, with a Family Cycle Ride, 5-a-side Football and a Pool Tournament taking place tomorrow (Sunday 24th June).

Here’s just a few photos from what has been a fun-filled day.

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Princess Morgan is crowned in Somersham

Somersham Carnival 2012 Carnival Princess

Somersham Carnival 2012 Carnival Princess
Newly crowned Princess Morgan Matthews (centre) with her two attendants Rachel Day (left) and Eleanor Phipps (right). Photo: JLC Photography Ltd.

A new Princess has been crowned in Somersham and is ready for her Carnival Day duties.

Princess Morgan Matthews was crowned on Sunday 17th June. She was joined by her two attendants – Rachel Day and Eleanor Phipps.

The Princess’ duties see her take centre stage in Saturday’s procession of carnival floats and walkers along with her two attendants. The procession leaves The Trundle at 12:15pm and makes its way to the Parkhall Playing Field to mark the start of the Carnival Day proceedings.

Princess Morgan succeeds Princess Anastasia Soteriou as the Somersham Carnival Princess.