The next Leighton-Linslade Carnival is scheduled to take place on Saturday 10th July 2021.
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.
On Carnival day, the 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 bucket 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.
The arrangements for 2021 are different as there is no event in Parsons Close and the procession will end in Chartmoor Road.
We are so proud to be able to bring Carnival to the town every year and it continues to survive in spite of changing lifestyles and the way in which people choose to spend their free time nowadays.
We hear of so many adults who remember coming to Carnival every year since they were children and we would love to be able to give that same sense of belonging and nostalgia to future generations.
Planning for the main Carnival normally starts as soon as the current year’s event is over – we review how we can make improvements to the next event as well as listening to any feedback or comments from participants and the public.
However, for Carnival to continue into the future, we need people to get involved – whether that’s by taking part in the procession, having a stall on Carnival day, placing an advert in the Carnival programme or helping at events with whatever time you are able to offer, we welcome your interest and participation.
Please get in touch directly or by using the Contact form and we would be happy to tell you more about how you can get involved with Carnival as an individual, group or business.
Carnival Court Selection Night
Normally in March we hold a Carnival Court Selection Night. The chosen Carnival Court represent Carnival until the following year. There is a disco, a chance for the judges to speak to the entrants and the official presentation with prizes for the winners.
We were unable to hold a Carnival Court Selection Night in 2020 and those selected in 2019 are continuing to serve at the current time.
For 2020/21 the Senior Princess is Poppy and the Princess is Charlotte. We look forward to Poppy and Charlotte being able to enjoy their roles in 2021.
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.
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.
2020 presented some challenges for Carnival’s fundraising efforts as the event took place as an online event only. It was agreed by Carnival that £1050 would be shared by 7 groups:
Advanced Theatre Company
Dogs for Good
Leighton-Linslade Concert Band
Rotary ‘Yes We Can’
Young Minds Trust (by sponsorship of Katharine Smith)
Although the total amount distributed in 2020 is considerably less compared to previous years, we are pleased to have been able to offer support to at least a small number of groups.
We are grateful to everyone that supported the Virtual Carnival and look forward to their continued support in the future.
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 takes 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.