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Thornbury Carnival

Next event

Tuesday 2nd May 2017

7pm: Thornbury Carnival Committee Meeting
Cadman Wealth Planning Ltd

Hanover Room

Volunteers welcome! No experience is necessary, just a friendly approach, resourcefulness and reliability.

Want to know more? Email below or come along to our next meeting.

Remaining 2017 dates are: 2nd May and 6th Jun.


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Thornbury Carnival

Taking Part

Everyone is welcome to join in Thornbury Carnival!

If you'd like to advertise in the programme, join the parade, run a stall on the field, entertain the crowd or volunteer to help it all run smoothly, click here to find out how to take part.

Latest News

Thornbury Carnival – Sat 1st July, 2017

Morning Parade starts 10.30am. Gates open 12 noon, close 7.30pm

April update from David Goldring, Carnival Organiser:

From an initial slow start I am now pleased to say that the planning for this year’s Thornbury Carnival is in full swing.

All the infrastructural resources - toilets, barriers, tables & chairs, waste disposal etc. have been booked and deposits paid, road closure applications have been submitted and residents along the Parade route have been given advance warning so as to cause the minimum inconvenience.

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We have an exciting list of entertainers lined up, including old favourites such as the Gugge 2000 Band from Bournemouth and The Femmes from London, along with local favourites – Thornbury Town Band, Zumba, Street Envy, Inspire arts, Thornbury Musical Theatre Group and the enchanting Irish Dancers. Newcomers include a Gypsy Violin duo, Peroucki, from Bristol, and a rock fusion band Rock Pipes will lead into the Finale act.

Sure to thrill every bit as much as last year’s Abba’s Angels, the one of the top Queen Tribute Bands “The Bohemians” will draw the Carnival to a close with a 90 minute set that will bring back memories of younger days.

The theme this year is "things that fly" and we are hoping that it will be taken up by the many children's and youth groups that take part in the parade each year. So, the challenge is to be imaginative and resourceful – what will it be? Insects, birds, dinosaurs, aeroplanes, kites?

The day will start off as usual with a parade through Thornbury consisting of marching bands, parading groups, classic cars and military vehicles - we even have an open top bus with its own jazz band.

Stilt walkers will mingle with the crowds both in the high street and on the Mundy field to set the scene for a range of children's entertainment - funfair, donkeys, inflatables, face painters, balloon modeller Twistina, electric karts, birds of prey and Punch & Judy.

Plenty of refreshment options will keep everyone fed and watered and there will be the usual large range of stalls.

So, this year's event is one you can't afford to miss. The chosen charity this year is locally based “Jigsaw”.

As ever, we are looking for volunteers to help us out on the day. If you have spare time on July 1st and would like to be involved we need marshals for the High Street and admission gates, and especially for the early morning stallholders’ stewarding team. Please contact for fuller details.

Those of you who might like a more permanent organisational role please contact .

2017 Ticket Prices

Earlybird and Family tickets are available until 5pm on the Saturday prior to Carnival Day (June 24th). After this, only full price adult and child tickets will be sold.

For ticket buying purposes "children" are of primary school age only. Older children and teens need to buy an adult ticket.

Prices are as follows:

  • Adults £6 (£5 Earlybird)
  • Children (primary school age) £4 (£3 Earlybird)
  • Family ticket covering either 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children £15.

Earlybird and family tickets will be available up to the Wednesday before Carnival from Thornbury Town Hall, Surroundings and Maison and Coco.

About the Carnival

Thornbury Carnival

Click here to see photos of the 2016 Carnival.

Thornbury 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:

About the Organisers

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

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.

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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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