First Thornbury Carnival for three years announced

May 02 2022
First Thornbury Carnival for three years announced

THORNBURY Carnival’s volunteer committee has unveiled plans for the event to return in July.

The carnival will be back in a limited form, with no parade through the town and festivities concentrated at the Mundy playing fields on July 1 and 2.

Organisers have bounced back after having to cancel the last two carnivals due to covid restrictions - including a late cancellation last summer when restrictions were suddenly extended by four weeks.

Thornbury Carnival Committee chair Liam Williams said they were "completely gutted" to have to cancel last year.

He said: "We’d put so much time and effort into the event and worked so hard to ensure the event could take place safely.

"We were even more upset when we saw other events going ahead, as we knew there was a buzz about the town and we knew people were really looking forward to it.

"We were really disheartened, but we received some lovely comments on our Facebook page and our suppliers were so supportive, it helped us to look ahead.” 

Liam said the committee had taken the "difficult decision" not to hold a parade this year as it was "very resource-intensive".

He said: "The committee is just not in a position to commit to delivering it this year or in the near future. Instead they are putting all their efforts into the activities taking place on the Mundy Playing Fields.

"The event will be different this year - but still brilliant fun!” 

The carnival will be split over two separate events in two days – Swing in the Park on Friday July 1, from 6pm until 10pm, and the Main Event on Saturday July 2, from 11am until 10pm.

The Saturday event will feature a main stage with a range of professional acts, a fully-licensed bar, local food stalls, a funfair and free children’s activities. 

There will also be a vintage vehicle 'Show ‘n’ Shine' event building on previous interest in the area but including many new exhibits.

Liam said: “We know many people, especially children, enjoy the vehicles that have been a feature of past parades, so we thought we’d try to hold on to that part of the event.

"Instead of glimpsing them for a few seconds as they drive up the High Street though, people will be able to take their time to get up close and personal with their favourite vehicles on Mundy Playing Fields instead.” 

Picture: Abbas Angels perform at a previous Thornbury Carnival. Photo by Garry Holden