Newbury Carnival This Sunday 5 July

Almost 1,000 people set to participate in biggest ever Newbury Carnival Parade! 

The stage is set this weekend for the one of the biggest Newbury Carnival’s in years, as almost 1,000 people are taking part in the Carnival Parade and they are set to wow the crowds!

Nearly 55 entries, comprising massive floats to single walking entries, marching bands and musicians, will entertain the crowds with their colourful costumes and music. Prizes will be awarded in eight separate categories for those best capturing the theme ‘Heroes and Villains’.

The Parade starts at 2pm from Pound Street and kicks off with the wonderful sounds of the Harley Davidson Drive Through, closely followed by the Rampage Mas Band, the Reading Scottish Pipe Band, and Newbury’s very own Carnival Princesses, plus dozens of highly decorated floats, classic cars, and individuals, all lead by the Newbury Town Crier!

Town Crier

In addition the Newbury Carnival Fete has over 100 stalls, children’s rides and activities for all ages, a circus skills tent, horses, classic cars, a dog show and The Lions Carnival Duck Race. It includes great music and dance performances throughout the afternoon at the main stage and arena. These include the spectacular Rampage Mas Band to give Newbury a flavour of a Notting Hill Carnival, and the amazing Mini Band, aged 12-15, to inspire young musicians. There are also many activities such as a range of sports, African Drumming or ‘Hogan’s Try-Out Instruments’ sessions that are completely free of charge.

The Carnival fun starts at 12 mid-day, when the Carnival Fete opens in Victoria Park. The Carnival Parade starts at 2pm and goes through Bartholomew Street, Northbrook Street, and The Broadway to the Clock Tower and finishing in Park Way.

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

Newbury Twin Town Association engages local Solicitors

Newbury Twin Town Association engages local Solicitors to enhance Carnival Parade Entry!

Newbury Twin Town Association is entering the Newbury Carnival again on Sunday 5th July, and this time they are joining forces with their sponsor, Gardner Leader Solicitors.   The theme of their float is King John and the Magna Carta, featuring Robin Hood, in keeping with the Carnival theme of Heroes and Villains.

Float organiser Gillian Durrant said “We enjoyed entering the Carnival so much last time – both the preparation and taking part on the day that we jumped at the chance to do it again.  More than a dozen Twin Town members have been taking part in the many sewing bees and prop workshops over the last few months. And staff at Gardner Leader have helped by making items such as Robin Hood hats in their lunch hours.  Nearly everything on the float is handmade, and we have recycled a lot of materials, from cardboard and plastic packaging, to sheets and even a wedding dress!

A Knights costumeMerry Men Costumes

“We have men and women, boys and girls taking part on the day – with ages spanning seven decades.  Gardner Leader staff are taking on roles such as Friar Tuck and the court jester, and the Managing Partner, Derek Rodgers will be King John.  There will also be nine visitors from Newbury’s Twin Town, Bagnols-sur-Ceze joining in – they only arrive in Newbury a few days before, so we hope their costumes will fit!”

There are now 55 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