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

Carnival 2021 – Latest Update

Saturday 10th July will see the 60th carnival event of modern times. The event had become run-down during the 1950s and wasn’t held between 1959-1961 and this year’s theme of ‘1962 Revisited’ is a tribute to the revival of Leighton-Linslade Carnival in 1962 by the late Peter Lymbery and his Leighton Buzzard Youth Club. It has run continuously ever since (including an online version in 2020 due to Covid). It is now the longest running community event in our town.

There will be a Carnival procession starting in Mentmore Road and ending in Chartmoor Road, visiting many parts of Linslade and Leighton Buzzard – meeting all Covid-safe rules that are currently in place. 

To view the 2021 procession route and timings, please click the yellow button below. All timings are appoximate and intended as a guideline only.

The event in Parsons Close Recreation Ground is not being held in 2021, there will only be the procession, which is significantly longer to allow as many local residents as possible to be able to see the procession. 

The procession marshalls and bucket collectors will be very happy to take any donations that people are able to make, which then gets passed on to many local community groups and charities. 

Please check the website regularly for the latest updates for Carnival 2021.

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.However, this will not be the case in 2021 – we hope to be back to normal in 2022.

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.

Programme Advertisers

Thank you to all our Carnival programme advertisers that support Leighton-Linslade Carnival. If you would like to be a part of this year’s programme to enjoy year round advertising through the printed programme and being on the website here, please do get in touch.

In 2020 we had a Fun Book instead of the full Carnival Programme. Please click to view a pdf along with details of our advertisers, to whom we are very grateful, for supporting us in 2020.

Carnival’s Picnic In The Park

This year’s Carnival’s Picnic In The Park is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 15th September 2021.

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.

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.

Who We Have Supported

Every year we hold an Awards Evening to distribute the funds raised from the Leighton-Linslade Carnival event.

We have helped numerous local charities, groups, organisations and more by providing invaluable support, especially to some of the smaller groups that may struggle with their own fundraising.

Over the years we are pleased to have distributed thousands of pounds to local causes, helping to support our community by working together.

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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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.