What’s On: Carnival Day 2014

The Commonwealth Hand of Friendship Flag by Molly Mann - the winning entry in our Design A Flag competition.

Here it comes – Carnival Day 2014!

This year’s carnival day will be even bigger and better than last year. Along with the popular Train Rides, Military and Vintage Vehicles display, food vendors, Zorbs, and the Fun Fair, here’s what else we have in store for you:

2014 Somersham Carnival Princess with Attendants
Carnival Princess Rachel Daniels (seated) with Attendants Eve Scrivener (right) and Emma Phipps (left), have an important role to play on Carnival Day. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd

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 are welcome (children must be accompanied by an 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. Beer Tent also opens with exclusive Bishop’s Palace Carnival Ale!

12:15pm – Procession departs from The Trundle

12:30pm – GamersBus opens for trips to video games heaven.

12:30pm – St Ives Rhythm & Blues begin (in the Busker’s Marquee)

1pm – Arrival of the Procession

1pm – Outback Bar opens (come and say G’day, sport!)

1:15pm – Djembe Drumming workshop begins

1:30pm – Somersham Town Band begins (in Victory Hall garden)

1:30pm – Fancy Dress Competition in the theme ‘Commonwealth’ (in the Arena)

2pm – Pipes and Drums (in the Arena)

2:30pm – Baby Competition (under 12mths) (in the Arena – with a parent!)

2:30pm – Grand Prize Draw

2:30pm – Somersham Town Band begin (in Victory Hall garden)

3pm – Djembe Drummers and Singers begin

3:30pm – Air Display in the skies above the field

3:45pm – Tug-of-War Contest (in the Arena)

4:30pm – Close of Carnival Day

Don’t forget, you can download the Somersham Carnival 2014 programme (PDF/5.25Mb).

Also, if you’re a fan of Twitter, and tweeting from the Carnival Day, use hashtag #somershamcarnival2014 to join in the real-time conversation.

 

The Carnival Committee reserves the right to alter the schedule at short notice. Please visit the Information Point at the entrance of the Norwood Playing Field if you have any questions or would like specific information on the day.
 
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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.

What’s On: Somersham Carnival Day 2012

Carnival Day 2012 banner

Somersham Carnival Day takes place this Saturday, 23rd June, starting with the Procession at 12.15pm.

The Carnival Day Schedule:

9:00amStalls can set up on the Parkhall playing field from 9am. Ready to open by 12 noon.

Tractor
A range of classic vehicles will be on display. (c) JLC Photography Ltd.

11:45amVintage Vehicles, with streamers and flags, to assemble at Millennium Hall car park – please go via Feoffees Road to avoid the floats.

11:45amFloats to assemble at the North End of The Trundle. Fancy dress walkers and anyone carrying an Olympic-style torch (no real flames!) to assemble at Millennium Gate. All welcome (children must be accompanied by a responsible adult). Judging will take place at this time. Prizes for Best Decorated Float (Club, School and Independent) and for Best Walking Group.

12:15pmProcession leaves The Trundle heading for Parkhall Playing Field.

1:30pmFancy Dress Competition‘Going For Gold’ theme. Children and adults in the main arena.

2:00pmBaby Competition (under 12 months)

2:30pmHuntingdon Gymnastics Club display. Elite girls and boys – stars of the future.

Gymnasts in 2011
Gymnasts from Huntingdon Gymnastics Club will perform at 2:30pm. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd.

3:15pmComedy Sumo Wrestling!

3:45pmPresentation of trophies

4:00pmBalloon Race Release – £1 per balloon – prize for owner of balloon that has travelled the furthest by 17th July 2012 (the Olympics opening ceremony).

4:15pmTug of War Competition – teams should register at the Carnival Information Tent

4:45pmGrand Prize Draw

Attractions throughout Carnival Day include: Classic cars, Bouncy castle, Fun Fair side shows, Refreshments in Victory Hall (kindly organised by Mary’s Tea Rooms), Pimms Stall, Craft Stalls and Charity Stalls. The Beer Tent opens at 12 noon and closes at 5:30pm.

St Ives Rhythm and Blues band at 2011 Carnival
St Ives Rhythm & Blues band will be back to play on Carnival Day. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd.

Live music will be provided at regular intervals on Parkhall Playing Field from Pidley Male Voice ChoirSomersham Town Band, St Ives Rhythm & Blues band, Dark Surrender and Ain’t Misbehavin.

The Carnival Committee reserves the right to amend the line-up where appropriate and at short notice.
 

Carnival Week continues…

Don’t forget though, that Carnival Day is not the end of Somersham Carnival Week – Sunday 24th sees the annual Family Cycle Ride and the 5-a-side Football Tournament take place.

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!