An annual fundraising event bringing communities together for a day of fun and enjoyment!

Carnival 2022/23 

Saturday 9th July 2022 saw the longest running community event in our town back to its former glory after the effects of the pandemic. 

There was a Carnival procession starting in Mentmore Road and ending in Parsons Close, visiting many parts of Linslade and Leighton Buzzard. An opportunity for schools, club and organisations to let their hair down. 

Parsons Close Recreation Ground hosted the arena with local groups showcasing their talents, charity and trade stalls, inflatables, children’s’ rides, ice creams and refreshments.

The procession collectors happily took donations that people were able to make, this will get passed onto many local community groups and charities.

Carnival 2023 will be on Saturday 8th July. Please check the website regularly for the latest updates for Carnival 2023.

The 2022 theme chosen by public ballot was MUSICALS, and the result of the ballot for 2023 theme will be announced in September.

About Leighton-Linslade Carnival

Leighton-Linslade Carnival is a firm favourite in the calendar of local social events. The highlight of the event is the procession, comprising of float entries, both walking and on decorated lorries, that passes along a designated route through the town.

Usually the procession ends at Parsons Close Recreation Ground, where the winners are announced and the fun and enjoyment continues with a funfair, stalls, music and dance displays, food and drink stalls and much more.

A collection is also made along the procession route, which is always generously supported by local people and all donations are distributed to charities and community groups.

We look forward to bringing Carnival to everyone for many years to come, with the continued support and participation of all those that have come to love this event every year.

Support Carnival

To provide opportunities for on-line and text donation, we have partnered with the National Fundraising Scheme. They are a registered charity and will collect donations on our behalf.

This allows you to support Carnival by:

  • making a one-off text donation
  • making a one-off online donation
  • setting up a regular monthly donation

Whichever option you choose we are very grateful for your support.

Programme Advertisers

Thank you to all our Carnival programme advertisers that support Leighton-Linslade Carnival.

If you would like to support Carnival and enjoy year round advertising through the printed programme and being on the website here, please do get in touch.

Please click below to view the programme, or to see details of our advertisers to whom we are very grateful for supporting us.

Carnival’s Picnic In The Park

This year’s Carnival’s Picnic In The Park is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 22nd June 2022.

Carnival’s Picnic In The Park is a great day out full of fun and activities for 0-5 year olds and their families and carers. This is a free event with entertainment on stage, lots of stalls, rides and soft play, craft activities and lots more!

Picnic In The Park has been an annual event in Parson’s Close Recreation Ground for over 40 years. In 2015 the event was supported by Carnival and re-invented to bring an updated style of event and was formally adopted as an official Carnival event in 2018.

We are proud to be able to continue to bring this much-loved event to the town, which many locals remember attending when they were children themselves.

This year’s event, like Carnival, is being carefully monitored in line with Covid rules and we will be updating this section regularly.

Awards Evening

In October each year we hold an Awards Evening, where we make a short presentation about our fundraising efforts and then proceed to award funds to the various nominations that we have received from the public.

All the awards are made from the funds raised through the Carnival events that are held throughout the year; the majority of the monies raised comes from our sponsors, programme advertisers and the bucket collections accompanying the carnival floats.

It is always hugely rewarding to know that the time and effort devoted to running Carnival each year helps so many local charities and causes, and that the funds awarded contribute to the ongoing running of so many groups.

Our Sponsors & Partners

We are extremely grateful to the following organisations and businesses who generously support the work of the Carnival Committee and enable us to bring all Carnival events to the community.

Leighton-Linslade Carnival and
Carnival’s Picnic In the Park take place at:

Parsons Close Recreation Ground, off Grove Road,
Leighton Buzzard, Beds LU7 1SF

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Picnic In The Park



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If you need any further information or would like to get involved with Carnival or Picnic In The Park, please contact us using this form and we will get in touch as soon as we can.