Thornbury Carnival programme announced
THORNBURY Carnival’s committee has released the programme for this year's event.
Due to take place on Friday and Saturday July 1-2, the weekend will kick off with a new event called ‘Swing in the Park’.
Taking place on Mundy Playing Fields on the Friday evening from 6pm until 10pm, it aims to providing an evening for family and friends to chat and eat over drinks, relax and dance to the Thornbury Swing Band.
Thornbury Carnival Committee chair Liam Williams said: "Thornbury Carnival has always had the potential to increase the entertainment offering to the local community.
"This year we’ve worked closely with our suppliers and are really pleased to confirm that we’ll be able to run a second evening’s entertainment to provide something a little bit different."
The following day will see the volunteer-run carnival stage a record 12-hour long Main Event.
Gates will open at 11am on the Saturday and the programme will run until 11pm.
Liam said he hoped the Main Event would have "something for everyone".
He added: "We’re particularly pleased that the Northavon Youth Theatre Group has stepped forward to work with other community groups to run a community stage.
"The community stage has always been a huge asset to the event and when NYTG contacted us with their offer of help, we didn’t think twice about accepting it!”
The event's main stage will feature a range of professional performers, including Dolly Parton, Take That, Little Mix and Queen tribute acts.
Liam said: "It is hoped that people coming to Thornbury Carnival will take advantage of the food and drink concessions as supporting local people, causes and businesses has always been one of the Carnival’s main aims."
This year, the bar and food concessions will be run by local businesses, co-ordinated by Easter Compton Farm Shop.
A wide range of stalls from local organisations will be in the ‘Mundy’s Village’ section.
Liam said: "Lots of local organisations have had a really tough time in the past couple of years and so we’re delighted to welcome them back to our event, as they’ve always been stalwart supporters in the past."
People who want to reserve a space in the carnival's car Show'n'Shine section, book a stall pitch, or just find out more about the event can find out more at the carnival's Facebook page and the website www.thornburycarnival.co.uk.
Online tickets are now available to purchase through the website and will be available to buy until the day before the event.
Photo: Bubbles on Mundy's field at the last Thornbury Carnival in 2019. Picture: Austin Parfitt