Thornbury Carnival 2019 preview

July 6

11am to 8pm

Procession from Castle School to Mundy Playing Fields

Procession: Free. Entry on the gate at Mundy Fields: £8 adults, £5 for children aged 4-16

THIS year’s Thornbury carnival has a sporting theme, with visitors invited to have a go for themselves.

A Sports Village and demonstrations organised by Thornbury Rugby Club will form part of the activities on Mundy Fields, under the theme Sport for All.

The event, which takes place on Saturday July 6, will start with the annual parade down the High Street, starting from Castle School at 11am, and events in the arena will carry on until around 8pm.

First staged in 1935 as part of King George V’s Silver Jubilee celebrations, the event regularly attracts more than 8,000 people.

Run by a small committee of volunteers and supported financially by Thornbury Town Council and Thornbury Football club, with two main sponsors, Horizon, and Old Down Country Park, the event aims to make a profit to be shared amongst local groups and charities. Previous beneficiaries include Jigsaw Thornbury, Thornbury Musical Theatre Group, the Memory Café and Thornbury Litter Busters.

The main stage will have a mixture of professional and amateur acts, and this year’s headline band for the evening is the Adele tribute Rolling in the Deep. There’s also a new community stage.

The area dedicated to children known as the Kids Zone is free, with lots of activities, and the annual carnival staples are back again, including arena displays, classic cars, donkeys, funfair, stalls and bars.

Carnival committee chair Paul Caddick thanked Thornbury RFC for its “invaluable” support in setting up the sporting displays and the town council for supporting the new website,, which includes details of tickets and early bird offers.

Paul said: “The committee are now putting the finishing touches to the arrangements for the day.

Along with the marching bands, walking groups and vintage vehicles on the parade, this year we are hoping to have three traction engines, plus there will be some street entertainers to occupy the younger children.

We are also conscious of cost and this year there are numerous attractions which are free of charge.”