Musical Extravaganza for Newbury Carnival Parade and Fete

Newbury Carnival organisers are looking forward to another record breaking year as entries continue to pour in for the Carnival Parade on Sunday 5th July. Approaching 60 entries for the parade have now been received.

Bryan Harper, Chair of Newbury Carnival 2015 commented,,,

“We are delighted that once again Newbury Carnival 2015 has really captured the imagination of the people of West Berkshire. We have some wonderfully artistic entries with people getting together across the district and spending weeks and months to produce some fabulous floats. There is a real pride taken in the preparation of floats and I am sure the competition to be the best will be hotly contested again this year. Last time there was a three way tie for Overall Best Entry.”

The Reading Scottish Pipe Band

In typical Newbury Carnival tradition, the Parade will be filled with music. Highlights include The Reading Scottish Pipe Band who will once again be bringing their special sound of the Highlands including Slow Airs, Marches, Strathspeys and Reels, as they march in the Parade and perform at the Fete afterwards. And the Rampage Mas Band will bring a touch of the Caribbean to the streets, with a rich musical flavour to accompany their stunning outfits.

Newbury & Thatcham Rock Choir will be performing at the Carnival Fete from12 midday, Hungerford Town Band will be playing in the bandstand from 3.00 till 5.00pm, and there are performances throughout the afternoon in the Fete Arena, including the much acclaimed Mini Band, Sticky Fingers with their ukuleles, Interakt Community Theatre and Arts, West Berkshire Sway Dance, Steps Ahead Dance School, and Bruce Hogg and his guitar.

Music band

Ruth Walker, Project Manager for Newbury Carnival 2015, added

“We are excited that once again Newbury Carnival is building towards a fantastic spectacle and we hope everyone enjoys the Carnival atmosphere, parade and fete including the wonderful variety of music and dance.”

There is still time to join the Parade and entry is free. Visit for full details of how to enter.

A touch of the Caribbean for Newbury Carnival

Rampage Mas Band
A touch of the Caribbean for Newbury Carnival as Rampage Mas Band join the Parade

Newbury Carnival 2015 organisers are pleased to announce that the fabulous Rampage Mas Band will be appearing in both the Carnival Parade and in the Fete Arena this year on Sunday 5th July.

Rampage Mas Band are a 45 strong group of entertainers who will be bringing the best of West Indian carnival tradition to the streets of Newbury with a mix of UK and Caribbean carnival styles that is sure to stun the crowds.

Ruth Walker, Project Manager for Newbury Carnival 2015, said “This is a real coup for Newbury Carnival and we are delighted they have chosen to join us this year. They bring an exciting and dynamic mix of costumes and music typical of the ‘big’ carnivals, like Notting Hill and South America. They promise to be a real spectacle.”

Rampage Mas Band has appeared in many of the country’s leading Carnivals. Their costumes will be based on the American Indians tribes and areas of their lives such as the home, ancestor, warriors and dancers. The collection will show traditional feather craft used by the tribes supported by the catchy and rich sounds of the Caribbean.

There is now approaching 60 entries in the Carnival Parade. If you want to join the record breaking parade there is still time and entry is free. Details of how to join can be found at