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Thornbury Carnival

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Thursday 2nd June 2016

6.30pm: Ukulele Workshop
Turnberrie's Community Centre, Thornbury

The workshop for ukulele-ists (£5) will be held at Turnberrie's Cafe, 6.30-8pm.

Later that evening, FunkyPunk Music are hosting a free gig with the world's top Blues Ukulele player - Manitoba Hal from Canada, 8.45-10.30pm at Hawkes House, Thornbury (BS35 2AB).

For further info please click below.


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8.45pm: Ukulele Concert - An Evening with Manitoba Hal
Hawkes House


FunkyPunk Music are hosting a free gig with the world's top Blues Ukulele player - Manitoba Hal from Canada!

No tickets required.

There's also a workshop for ukulele-ists (£5) at Turnberrie's Cafe from 6.30pm - 8pm that evening. For further info please click below.


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Thornbury Carnival

Thornbury Carnival 2016 will be held on Saturday 2nd July with the theme "Agriculture and Country Living".

The Carnival is open to everyone, and designed to appeal to all interests and ages.

You too can take part - click here to find out how.

The Parade starts from The Castle School in the morning, moving through Thornbury along Castle Street and High Street, with local groups and floats welcome to take part.

Activities on the Mundy Playing fields run through the afternoon, with a fun fair, refreshments, a variety of stalls and stage entertainment.

With around 10,000 visitors, the Carnival is an opportunity for local charities to raise funds, and for businesses and organisations to promote their interests.

For enquiries, please contact Carnival Chair Barry Williams:

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Download the 2016 Programme

Thornbury Carnival

Paper copies of the 2016 Thornbury Carnival programme, which has once again been kindly sponsored by Almondsbury Garden Centre, are being delivered to 12,500 homes in Thornbury and the surrounding area.

Click here to download a .pdf (4.5Mb) copy of the 2016 Carnival Programme.

Many businesses active in the Thornbury area have supported this now-familiar, welcomed and valued product by booking advertising space.

Sounds Better at Thornbury Carnival

Crowds watching this year's Thornbury Carnival Parade will enjoy better quality sound, thanks to a new portable public address system.

Thornbury Carnival C.I.C. has been able to buy to system thanks to a major grant from Magnox North, and it will be used at both The Plain and in the High Street.

In keeping with Carnival purchasing policy, the equipment was sourced through a local company KJE Technical who have been suppliers and advisors to the Carnival since its start in 2009.

Thornbury Carnival

Shown in the photo are R to L: David Goldring (Carnival Organiser), Ian Walker (Parade Vehicles Manager), Andy Coates (NatWest Branch Manger), Matt Scriven (KJE Technical), Brian Roberts (Christmas Lights Association), Barry Williams (Carnival Chairman), Malcolm Lyndon (Magnox Oldbury Site Stakeholder Group Chairman), Adrian Savery (Christmas Lights Assn.) and Julie Price (KJE Technical). Photo: Garry Holden

The equipment was delivered in purpose made shipping containers and will be made available for use by organisers of other Community Events such as the Oldbury Fun Run and Thornbury Christmas Lights Association.

The Magnox Community Fund has made various valued grants to the Carnival and other local groups over the years.

Carnival Chairman Barry Williams commented: “Magnox North has provided tremendous support for Thornbury Carnival since its rebirth in 2009 and their assistance has been very much valued over this time. The grant enabled the Carnival to purchase new sound equipment that will benefit not only the Carnival but other Community Events such as Thornbury Christmas Lights Association, The Oldbury Fun Run and the Lions Fireworks Display”.

Abba’s Angels

Organisers have secured one of this country's premier Abba tribute bands as a finale act for this year's Thornbury Carnival.

Abba’s Angels are one of the top Abba Tributes in the UK and have supported the original Bay City Rollers, The Troggs and Showaddywaddy since their formation in 2000.

They have achieved national level publicity in the Sun, the Sunday Times and many other national publications. Their blue chip client list - includes the BBC, Sky, Boots, Tesco, Hilton, Ramada to name but a few.

Abba’s Angels perform a very lively show with authentic costumes & Swedish accents, choreographed dance routines like the originals where possible and they really capture the feel of the Abba era.

This is in addition to a programme of entertainment that already includes favourite acts featured in past carnivals as well as some new and exciting performers, details of which we shall release soon.

Visit www.abbasangels.co.uk to find out more.

2016 Ticket Prices Announced

  • Adults £5
  • Children £3 - (Child = primary school age)
  • Family ticket £12 (Family = either 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children) - (Child = primary school age)

Presale family tickets will go on sale until 5pm on the Saturday prior to Carnival Day (June 25th), after which time only adult and child tickets will be sold.

You'll be able to buy your tickets nearer the date from:

2016's Nominated Charity

Thornbury Carnival will support Bosom Buddies as its main charity for 2016.

Bosom Buddies, a local charity, is run by local women to offer support, guidance and friendship for those who have been diagnosed and currently battling breast cancer.

They offer a regular meeting as well offering support to those who need it in their own home.

See the 2015 photos and videos

Thornbury Carnival 2015 gallery

Click here to view our gallery of photos from Thornbury Carnival 2015.

Click here to view Thornbury Camera Club's images.

These videos are kindly supplied by Hugh Betteridge, via YouTube:

Pre-Parade entertainment provided by Gugge 2000

Classic Vehicle Cavalcade - the procession of vehicles prior to the main Parade led by The Band & Bugles of The Rifles

Thornbury Carnival Parade

Thornbury Carnival Field, featuring The Band & Bugles of The Rifles

About the Organisers

Thornbury Carnival is organised by the Thornbury Carnival Community Interest Company (C.I.C.), registered at Companies House, Reg. No: 08472025

The Company has a Board of Directors, including a chairman, secretary and treasurer, together with carnival committee and associates.

Thornbury Carnival C.I.C. is an independent, voluntary organisation not associated with any other Club, Association or Local Authority and has 3rd Party Liability Insurance.

Thornbury Carnival

PRS For Music

PRS for Music licences the use of copyright music across the UK, giving businesses and organisations the legal permission they need to play the music they want.

These licences ensure that music publishers, songwriters and composers are fairly rewarded with royalties so they can keep making music - and mean that we’re able to support music at events like this.

For more information about PRS for Music or music licensing, visit www.prsformusic.com or call 0800 068 4828.

Forthcoming events

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