What’s On


John Gawthorp is the mastermind behind the Carnival procession.  Places in the procession have been closed.  John has created a list of reserves just in case a group or single entrants pull out at the last minute so if you or your group, can cope with a last minute cancellation place, then please contact him and join the list.  We have almost 30 different groups and single entrants in the Parade.

The theme for 2018 Huntingdon Carnival Parade is “That’s Entertainment”.  This gives the widest possible interpretation for everyone to come dressed as their favourite cartoon, comic book characters, Harry Potter and literary characters including Sherlock Holmes and other TV or film detectives.  There will be a prize for the Best in Parade.

The Parade will assemble in the Huntingdon Market Square before 12 noon in order to move off at 12 noon precisely.  The pace will be set by the Cambridgeshire Caledonian Pipe Band and will be followed by the 2018 Carnival Queen and princesses and carnival court in a horse drawn carriage and then the Mayor of Huntingdon, Councillor Sarah Gifford.

The Parade route will be from the Market Square across Princes St  (past the library and the bus station) down St Mary’s St (past Pathfinder House HDC) then left into the High Street by St Mary’s church and following the one way system down the start of the Hartford Rd (past the Fire Station) to the ring road. Then turn right – cross the ring road at the junction with Riverside Road and on to the Riverside Park.   The Carnival will have security and volunteer marshals on hand all the way to ensure the safety of participants and public alike.   See the free Carnival programmes for a more detailed route guide.

Music & Dance

The Parade will feature music from bands and music for the majorettes and dance groups.

Areas & Activities

Cromwell Vets are once again holding their very popular Dog Show and this year have their very own area and show area, follow signs to the top end of the field. They have 2 separate arenas where the dog show and the “have a go” agility and gundog scurry will take place, all overseen by “Chewy” the dog. Entries can be made on the day £1 per class and there will be prizes for the Most Handsome Dog, Prettiest Bitch, Best Family  (2 or more dogs), Best Rescue, Best Puppy (under a year) and Best Veteran (over 7 yrs) and Open Class.  All the money raised from these doggie activities will donated by the Cromwell Vets to the Cinnamon Trust.

The main arena area will be used for displays from local groups everything from dance groups, Blue Vision Twirlers, the Caledonian Pipe Band, Air Cadets, Campol Boxing club and much more.  There will also be a special artist for the children’s delight as ventriloquist, Chris Bylett has consented to allow his “friend” Charlie to come along and chat with them.

There are many fair ground rides for the children along with large and small inflatables designed with all ages of children in mind.   Fairground rides include a Helta Skelta slide, crazy cottage, 3 bouncy inflatable, tea cup & ladybird ride, train ride, Ferris wheel, mini bumper cars, bungies, chairoplanes, Twister, games stalls to include cork shooter, cross bows and side shows

Stalls, Food & Drink

We have over 40 community and commercial stalls on the field and this year we have the added attraction of a specific Craft Marquee where you will find 12 local quality crafts people’s stalls, some of whom will be showcasing their crafts.

We have many food and refreshment outlets including Jacket Potatoes, donuts, sweets and candyfloss, burgers, toasted sandwiches and a Dumpling man. We also have a specific tea shop caravan “The Polka Dot Tea Shop”. There is also a licensed bar on site.