Picnic in the Park

Carnival’s Picnic In The Park

2024 Carnival’s Picnic In The Park was held on Wednesday 19th June. After the unfortunate cancellation of the 2023 event, due to very bad weather conditions, we were very pleased to see so many people at Carnival’s Picnic in the Park in this year.

Carnival’s Picnic in the Park is part of a long tradition in Leighton Buzzard and many locals have very fond memories of attending this event, which has been running since the mid-1970s.

The event was originally a way for families of 0-5 year olds to get to know some of the local toddler groups, nurseries and other childcare providers to help support and prepare their children for the start of their school years.

With changing times, Carnival’s Picnic in the Park has evolved to be a day of fun and activities for 0-5 year olds to enjoy, as well as for parents and carers to have an opportunity to collect information from various childcare providers and establishments, including nurseries, pre-schools, toddler groups and activity classes.

Getting Involved

Carnival’s Picnic in the Park is delivered as a free event for all to enjoy. It is a very popular day out with lots to look forward to including funfair rides and soft play area, craft activities, family-friendly shopping stalls, an entertainment stage, roaming entertainers and much more.

The event is held in Parsons Close Recreation Ground – an ideal location with its well-maintained gardens, a large play park, splash park area, a sandy ‘beach’ park, toilet facilities and a permanent cafe in the park itself.

We encourage local education providers for 0-5 year olds to attend and enjoy the day as part of their ‘school trip’ – a great way to get new learners to enjoy a safe day out locally.

There are also opportunities for businesses to have a stall at the event, for any goods or services that are appropriate for families.

Charity Stalls are charged at £10.00 

Business/Commercial Stalls are charged at £20

Preschool/Toddler group/Nursery Stalls are charged at £15.00 

Stall-holders should note that Parsons Close is not a flat area

We also welcome sponsorship from local businesses to help us deliver this event to the community.

Get in touch if you would like to get involved either as a stall holder, local business or volunteer.