Leighton-Linslade Carnival

Leighton-Linslade Carnival

The next Leighton-Linslade Carnival is scheduled to take place on Saturday 13th July 2024.

Leighton-Linslade Carnival is a local event that has continued to give local residents a fun day out and an opportunity to participate in an event that nurtures community involvement.

Carnival day starts early with Parsons Close Recreation Ground set up with a live entertainment arena, stalls, funfair rides, food and so much more – all ready and waiting for the procession to arrive later in the day.

Meanwhile, the carnival floats are decorated and the procession assemble early ready to start their journey along the designated procession route. Lots of people stop and wave the procession along and it’s always a pleasure to see so many smiling faces, young and old, as they appreciate the effort made by everyone taking part.

A collection is made along the procession route, which is always generously supported and the donations are part of the funds distributed to charities and community groups at the Awards Evening.

The procession ends at Parsons Close Recreation Ground, where the winners are announced and presentations are made in the live entertainment arena.


Standard pitch sizes are 4m frontage by 4m depth, and can be booked in multiples of 4m. We are unable to provide tables and chairs and we would advise you to bring a gazebo or similar.

If you are a registered charity or a not-for-profit group, and will be fundraising, you should apply for a Charity Stall, if not fundraising apply for Public Relations Stall. Commercial traders should apply for a Commercial Stall whilst small run-from-home businesses that are not a primary source of income should apply for Cottage Industry Stall. Food vendors should contact us at [email protected] to confirm availability of pitches and cost (commercial stall fees do not apply).

Charity Stalls are charged at £15.00 for each 4m unit booked

Cottage Industry Stalls are charged at £20 plus £15.00 for each additional 4m unit booked

Commercial Stalls are charged at £35 plus £30 for each additional 4m unit booked

Public Relations stalls are free of charge and can only be the basic 4m size, and may be limited in number.

Stall-holders should note that Parsons Close is not a flat area and some stalls may be located on a slope.


There are four sections in the procession – Schools, Open, Walking & Cycling and Children’s Organisations. A prize of £50 is given in each section, rosettes are given to the first three in each section and every group entering the procession receives a certificate of participation.

Each section winner receives a shield to hold for a year.

The procession route will be detailed on the Carnival website, but may be varied due to weather conditions, road works or advice from emergency services. We will endeavour to make changes available on the website, but short notice changes may not be displayed.

You can source your own vehicle, or contact S&J Pierce on LB 850009 to see how they can help you. We do not do this for you.

Carnival Court

At the selection disco on 13th May, hosted by Strawberry Fieldz, we chose our Carnival Court for 2023.

Pictured are (l-r) Princess Lily, Senior Princess Kinsley and Princess Sophie.

Entry was open to all young people in school years 5-8, who have a parental address in Leighton Buzzard or Linslade or who attend a Leighton-Linslade Middle School.

The Court selected at the disco will be on the Royalty float in the Carnival Procession and will be in the arena for the prize giving.

They will hand out the cheques when the Carnival proceeds are distributed to local groups and organisations at the Presentation Night.

The Carnival Court are usually invited to take part in the switch-on ceremony for the Town Christmas lights.

Who We Have Supported

Over the years Carnival has supported dozens of groups by helping to raise awareness of these groups as well as awarding monies to allow groups to continue their great work in the local community.

As a result of Carnival 2023, we are pleased to have allocated over £6000 to support 1st Leighton Buzzard Brownies, 1st Leighton Buzzard Scout Group, 1st Linslade Rainbows, 4th Dunstable Scouts, 6th Leighton Buzzard Brownies, 8th Leighton Buzzard Brownies, Buzzer Buses, Chasm, Dogs for Good, High 5 Youth Club (LB Mencap), Hospice at Home, Leighton Buzzard MS Society, Leighton Buzzard Scooter Club, Leighton Buzzard Social Centre Amenity Fund, Leighton-Linslade Helping Hands, Linslade District Girl Guides, Luton & Dunstable Hospital Radio, RBL Poppy Appeal, RNLI, Rotary’s “Yes We Can” Programme, Royal British Legion Club, Spectrum Community Arts, Tenacity Dance, TS Ocean Naval Cadet Corps, Ukie TooNes.

The Carnival Court had £75 each to donate to an organisation of their choice. The Henry Allen Trust – nominated by Senior Princess Kinsley, Pulford School nominated by Princess Lily, Stray Cat Rescue nominated by Princess Sophie.

We were pleased to welcome representatives of most of these groups at our Presentation Night, and are grateful to the Royal British Legion Club for hosting the evening.

We are grateful to everyone that supported Carnival this year and look forward to their continued support in the future.

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

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

Contact Us
[email protected]

Contact Us

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.