Best carnival ever predicted for Thornbury

June 22 2018
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Organisers of this year’s Thornbury Carnival say the line up of artists and attractions will provide the best ever event.

 The theme is “1918-2018 Then and Now”, reflecting on the centenary of the end of the Great War and some women being given the vote.

The parade starts at 10.30am on July 7 from the Castle School, led by The Band Of The Royal Corps Of Signals, followed by Thornbury's W.I. and Towns Women's Guild, dressed as suffragettes. 

There will also be marching and Samba bands, walking and dancing groups, shire horses and a dray cart, a traction engine, classic cars and military vehicles, and a troupe of The Welsh Horse Yeomanry. 

After the parade the carnival moves on to the Mundy Fields for a programme of activities for all ages. New this year is a photo booth, a caving and climbing wall and a pet corner from Avon Wildlife Park. In the children's zone many activities are free of charge. 

The Arena this year has the horse, falconry and motor cycle displays. In addition, there will be a funfair, the Weston Donkeys, three bars and numerous stalls and food vendors.

The headline band on the Horizon stage is ‘The Take That Experience’.  Other performances come from the dance troupe Street Envy, the Frampton Footwarmers, a children’s choir and a Gospel choir, Rock Pipes and the Zumba Girls.