Carnival is coming to Winterbourne Down

Monday May 6

10.15am

Starts from Bradley Avenue Shops

Free

The theme this year is ‘Circus – The greatest show on earth.’ The highlight of the event is the parade, which starts from Bradley Avenue Shops on Monday May 6 at 10.15am, followed by the carnival, which is held along Down Road.

This year’s Carnival May Queen is Amelia Long, and her attendants are Jessica Mawers and Eve Durant.

Carnival events start on Saturday May 4, with a children’s disco at All Saints Church Hall, and activities for families with children feature throughout the weekend. There’s ‘playing out’ in the church hall grounds on the Sunday with lots of traditional games and some circus skills, a village treasure hunt, and the carnival’s regular scarecrow trail.

A spokesperson for the carnival said: “We’re looking forward to really creative scarecrows and to make this our biggest year yet.

There will be prizes for the top three and winners will be announced on Monday 6 at 4pm.

Judging will be by people taking part in the Treasure Hunt on the Sunday afternoon.”

On Sunday evening there are songs of celebration at All Saints Church.

Monday is carnival day and the event his year will be led by the Bristol Pipe Band.

It will feature, among many groups, the brownies, the Stapleton School of Dance, Morris dancers, Mundi Dancers, the Panama Jazz Band and a fancy dress competition, between 10.45am and 2.50pm.

There will then be a fly past by a Second world War Dakota aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Other events throughout the day include falconry displays, a small animal display, Same but Different children’s entertainment, a sack race and a martial arts display.

A charity is chosen to benefit every year, and this time it’s the South Gloucestershire-based Jessie May Trust, which provides a hospice service at home and supports the families of terminally ill children.