'Biggest ever turnout' as Winterbourne Down Carnival returns

May 27 2022
'Biggest ever turnout' as Winterbourne Down Carnival returns

WINTERBOURNE Down Carnival returned after losing two years to the pandemic – and people responded in a big way.

Organisers of the event say it was "undoubtedly the largest turnout in the history of the Carnival", with hundreds of people lining the route then walking with the procession to the village Methodist church.

Kathryn Hopes, form the organising committee, said the procession day had been "remarkable" - and plans are already being made for next year's event.

She said: "As always, the carnival kicked off with the procession lead by the Bristol Pipers and our May Day Royalty, starting in Bradley Avenue and gaining more and more people along the route.

"By the time we reached the Methodist church in Winterbourne Down we had gathered hundreds of visitors.

"We had a jam packed programme of events and it’s impossible to single each of them out individually. You couldn’t move on the village hall green during the dance displays, and the demand for a burger had queues reaching far up Rose Close!

"However, when the Lancaster bomber graced us with three flypasts, everyone froze and their eyes reached for the sky. It was emotional and hugely thrilling. 

"We’ve since had many messages from the community to express their thanks and appreciation that the carnival is back.  It’s clear people have had a tough couple of years and as a committee we were determined to hold a Carnival this year and we were chuffed to be able to deliver!"

Carnival committee chairman John Turner said: "The carnival was a great success, with residents and visitors enjoying a full weekend of activities. My thanks go to everybody who played a part in Carnival 2022.”

Organisers are still collecting this year's donations but hope to be able to make a "generous payment" to charities Mind, Brace, SSAFA and the Trussell Trust. 

People who would like to help make next year's carnival a success are being encouraged to join the committee – for more details follow the carnival's Facebook page.

Top picture: Carnival king Deacon Cox and queen Emily Hancock.

Below: Attendants Emma Watts and Ellis Saunders, carnival queen Emily Hancock, king Deacon Cox and attendants Odelia Cox and Tallulah Barke.

 The carnival parade


The Lancaster flypast

A closer look at the Lancaster