Classic vehicles have always been a popular feature of the Newbury Carnival Parade. This year our Travels in Time theme means that they’re specially welcome. If you’d like to display your classic vehicle to the large crowds expected at this year’s event please click the ‘enter now’ link above and contact us. We will also have a special classic vehicle display area at our Fete and Funfair in Victoria Park. Again entry is free. Please email us via the address shown on our contacts page if you would like further information.
Many thanks to everyone who entered our photography competition. We have so many great photos and videos of this year’s Carnival. After lots of careful consideration the winner of the £75 overall prize is Mr Ernest Bow with this excellent Newbury Carnival trailer.
We have lots more photos and videos for you to enjoy. There are some by a member of the organising team here on Flickr and more here. There are also some short videos on our Youtube channel here. And there are hundreds of wonderful photos by our official photographer, Diem Photography, for you to buy at very reasonable rates here.
In the meantime, look at this from Stewart Gardiner of Stockcross (many thanks Stewart!).
PS tried to email you Stewart but your address bounced – if anyone knows him please could you pass this message on.
Another great reason to put Newbury Carnival day, Sunday July 14th, in your diary is that we’re privileged and proud to announce that the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be treating us to a flypast on the day.
The Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane and Avro Lancaster will complete at least one pass over the town centre during the Carnival.
Newbury Carnival’s Press and Promotion coordinator, Tom Satterthwaite, is thrilled that the BBMF will be taking part in this year’s event. “I think they will look fantastic as they pass over the centre of Newbury for everyone to see – but what I’m really looking forward to is the sound. Six engines of a kind you don’t get any more roaring over Newbury will be a truly memorable experience.”
We are delighted to announce that The Majorwrecks, Devizes’ unique majorettes team, will once again grace Newbury Carnival this year.
With their finely honed routines and split second timing, the Major Wrecks have raised over £100,000 for charity. Visit their website here and please note that they need new men!
But, following on from our previous post, we’re always looking for more music groups. The Parade is always full of music and dance, which form an essential part of the Carnival’s colourful celebrations.
In particular, we would love to hear from any marching bands who would like to join us this year. We would also welcome any dance groups who would either like to walk with us through the town centre and dance briefly whenever the Parade slows or to dance throughout on the back of a lorry.
The last Newbury Carnival featured a Scottish pipe band, Morris dancers, majorettes, a samba band, a jazz trio, ballroom dance group and a fabulous drumming team. Mike Nova was ‘Elvis’ in an entry called ‘Las Vegas comes to Newbury’ for the Newbury & District MS Society and the prize for Best Music or Dance Entry was won by the Nomads Musical Theatre Group.
Come and join in the fun and help to make this year’s Carnival go with a real swing!
Some groups have already sent in their Carnival Parade entries and we know that lots of others are thinking about what they might do on 14th July. We hope our ‘Travels in time’ theme offers plenty of possibilities for entries featuring any characters from history – or even from the future – from this country or around the world.
But don’t forget that you don’t need to stick to the main theme. Any entry which is colourful and entertaining will be more than welcome and, of course, there will be prizes for the best. (More on that in at a later date.)
We’ll add details to the ‘Parade Entries’ page on this website once they are confirmed.
Amongst the earliest entries, we’re pleased to welcome back our friends from the Reading Scottish Pipe Band; and also to welcome Parade newcomers Newbury Symphony Orchestra. Already, this looks like being a very musical Carnival!
“Travels in Time -
Past, Present and Future!”
We are sure this theme will provide lots of inspiration for creative entries for the Carnival Parade, which starts at 2.00pm on Sunday 14th July. For example,
- your entry could be based around a particular period in time that you’d like to visit or which schools are studying;
- you could celebrate one of the many anniversaries which are taking place this year;
- you could feature travellers in time visiting us in present-day Newbury;
- you could recreate an event in Newbury’s history;
- historical re-enactment groups and vintage vehicles have featured in past carnivals and we hope they will in this one;
- music from past decades would be a great topic – the Beatles’ first album was released 50 years ago.
To find out how to enter the carnival click on the ‘enter’ link above. Entry is free and open to everyone. Of course, it’s not compulsory for your entry to be based on the theme – come as whatever you want!
(PS a well known time travel-related TV programme also has its 50th anniversary this year and this might also prompt an entry or two.)