Chippenham carnival 2018

10th May 2018 / News archive

Come one, come all! Chippenham Carnival is back for 2018, with fabulous floats and vintage vibes…

Step back in time and experience all the fun of the fair, brought to you by Chippenham Connected in partnership with Chippenham Town Council from 12-8pm on Saturday 14 July.

2017 saw the return of this well-loved tradition after 16 years with over 17,700 visiting Chippenham across the day, enjoying over 8 hours of free entertainment. 2018 will see even more free flowing fun with a vintage twist.

Cllr Sandie Webb, Leader of Chippenham Town Council said, “Chippenham Carnival is an important part Chippenham’s heritage and we are so pleased to see its return. Following its success last year, the addition of the float procession will bring even more opportunities for the local community to be involved in such a fun event in the centre of town.”

Kathryn Crosweller of Chippenham Connected said, “Last year’s Carnival was brimming with superb community fun right in the heart of Chippenham. For 2018 we are delighted to be able to include a float procession with the route being released at the end of April. We encourage everyone to get involved and support your local Carnival. You can register to strut your stuff by float or by foot at – but hurry as places are limited.”

Island Park will be transformed into a sea of colourful activity for all the family to enjoy from 12noon hosted by the Official Ringmaster, with performances from local musicians on the main stage, circus acts and children’s characters as well as children’s rides. The picnic zone will be the perfect place to enjoy treats from the food hub, while visitors will be able to pick up hand-crafted items, gifts and produce from the trade and charity stalls.

The Official Ringmaster will host the fancy dress competition at 2pm at Island Park with the Mayor of Chippenham before the Carnival King, Queen, Prince and Princess are crowned at 3pm at Emery Gate Shopping Centre.

Other free action-packed activities planned include a zip wire zone and climbing wall for those daredevils in the crowd and festival face painting, plus a range of circus skill workshops will be on offer including clowning, juggling and unicycling.

The new float procession will take place at 6pm, inviting the community to come together and celebrate before heading to Island Park to enjoy the finale headline act on the main stage.
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