The sad, but inevitable, decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Worcester Carnival this year due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus and based on current government guidelines about mass gatherings and social distancing.
It is a huge commitment from the many community groups who take months to develop and build their floats and so we wanted to let you all know as soon as possible. Worcester Carnival is all about inclusion and many of our participants will be in the most vulnerable groups so as much as we are saddened at the prospect of not putting on this much loved community event, we know it is the right decision.
We promise to bring you a bigger and better Carnival in 2021.
Keep well and stay safe everyone,
Worcester Carnival Committee
We have extended the deadline for charitable organisations to apply to be our Nominated Charity for Worcester Carnival 2020. The new deadline for submission of application forms is 3rd February 2020. The form and guidelines are available here as either an online submission or a Word document to download and print.
The Nominated Charity will receive a grant from the Carnival parade bucket collection as well as promotion on our website, social media and souvenir booklet. To see how we’ve helped previous Nominated Charities, check out our Previous Beneficiaries page.
Worcester 2019 Carnival Queen Antonia Alberone-Chamberlain recently attended the Friends of Fort Royal Park Halloween Spook-tacular at the Commandery, with fancy dress and activities on 31st October 2019.
Antonia will next be helping to light up Worcester as part of the Christmas Lights switch-on on 21st November 2019 4-6pm. More details can be found from Visit Worcester.
In the meantime, your carnival committee are already at work planning Worcester Carnival 2020, which will be on 4th July. We are particularly looking for corporate sponsors, stallholders and participants who can help us to make next year’s event even bigger and better!
We have made few changes to where things are in our Carnival Village due to the recent flooding that happened after our brochure had gone to press. Unfortunately a small amount of debris remains in the area to the north of the hard-standing between the Grandstand and Swan Theatre, however the rest of the site is now clean and dry. An updated site map is below.
There will be many great attractions for all the family at the Carnival Village. The funfair this year includes teacups, Ferris wheel, racing cars, climbing wall, bucking bronco, inflatable obstacle course and hook-a-duck. These will run from 10am until the parade sets off. Tickets for these are 50p per ride or £5 for an unlimited all-day wristband. These will be available from the ticket kiosk.
Market stalls will provide a great selection of quality food and drink, crafts, and local charities.
The Main Stage will have live entertainment running throughout the day following the Carnival Queen Coronation at 10am, with Studio B, Tobi Colston, All Sorts Performing Arts, Mitzy, Jestar, Demi De Lord, Lollipop Theatre, Beat Breakerz and Worcester School of Dance before the Parade, with headline act 5:15 upon the Parade’s return.
Judging of the floats will begin at 1:30pm, before the Parade sets off at 3pm.
The parade itself will depart from Pitchcroft at 3pm on Saturday 6th July 2019, following the traditional 1.7 mile route around Croft Road, Dolday, Deansway, College Street, City Walls Road, Pump Street, High Street, the Cross, Foregate Street, and Castle Street before returning to the Carnival Village at Pitchcroft, with rolling road closures to allow people to enjoy a safe and happy day. We estimate that the Parade will finish at Pitchcroft around 5pm.
There will be something for everyone at the Carnival Village on Pitchcroft with the junior football tournament, a sports demonstration area, fairground rides, an inflatable village, market stalls with local charities, crafts, food and drink, and a full day of live entertainment on the main stage.
These details are also in the souvenir brochures which are now out and circulating – available free from Perdiswell Young People’s Leisure Club, the Tourist Information Centre, and many local businesses and community groups, as well as from our volunteers on Carnival Day.
Update: Please note there have been some alterations to the layout at Carnival Village due to the aftermath of the recent flooding. The site map below has been updated. More information on this can be found here.
Carnival Day is rapidly approaching and there will be a meeting on Tuesday 25th June 2019 at 7.30pm for representatives from all Float participants and walking groups. Important information regarding the day will be handed out at the meeting.
The venue is:
Perdiswell Young People’s Leisure Club, Droitwich Road WR3 7SN
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let Chris know or call on 07812 906295.
We look forward to seeing you there!
In order to give everyone as much chance as possible to get their entries to us, we have extended the deadline for the design-a-book-cover competition. Entries must now be with us by 3rd July 2019. For more details, please see Schools Competition Page
In case you haven’t already, make a date in your diaries – Worcester Carnival returns this year on Saturday 6th July 2019 with the parade starting from 3pm from Pitchcroft. This year’s parade theme is “books” and we’re looking forward to a world of imagination from floats and walking groups. We’ve got plenty of info up on our website so do please take a look around, and you can always get in touch with us using the contact forms.
To keep up to date, check back here regularly, or why not follow us on Facebook and Twitter – details should be on the right of the screen. We’ll be appearing in plenty of local press, too – here are recent articles from Worcester News and Worcestershire Hour:
We are also now able to announce that this year’s nominated charities are Worcester Snoezelen, which provides multi sensory leisure therapy for people with disabilities and additional needs, and West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre which provides free support services to victims including a telephone helpline, counselling, training and education both to children and schools. To find out how you can help us support the work of these local charities please take a look at our Fundraising pages.