Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Barnstaple gears up for carnival

11:00 20 September 2012

Barnstaple carnival queen Immy Dawes, 18, is pictured with princesses Alana Manley, 6, and Saskia Vickery, 9, get ready for the big day on Saturday. Picture by Tony Freeman

Barnstaple carnival queen Immy Dawes, 18, is pictured with princesses Alana Manley, 6, and Saskia Vickery, 9, get ready for the big day on Saturday. Picture by Tony Freeman

Archant

Last minute preparations under way as town gets ready for the traditional carnival on Saturday.

THE third week in September means just one thing for Barnstaple – carnival time!

On Saturday the town will be abuzz with costumed characters, live music, and entertainment during a fun-packed day for the while family prior to the main carnival parade in the evening.

From just after 12pm the Square and The Strand will be the focus of activities, with stalls, music, demonstrations and displays.

Children of 11-and-under can practise for the main parade, or for future years, by joining the colourful Kidz Karnival which forms up on the Strand from 2.30pm. Judging is at 2.45pm and the mini processions moves off at 3.30pm to make its way along Boutport Street and the High Street to Cross Street then back to the Strand.

The crowning of this year’s Carnival Queen, 18-year-old Immy Dawes, will take place on The Strand at 5.30pm before Immy and her attendants join the big carnival procession at 6pm.

The parade will form up along Castle Street and North Walk. Judging is from 4.40pm and vehicles can be in place from 3.30pm, asked to arrive via the Rolle Quay direction.

With much fanfare, music and colour, the annual spectacle will make its way along the Strand to the Square, then along Belle Meadow, Queen Street, Boutport Street, Mermaid Walk and back to North Walk.

The music at the Square begins at 1pm, with Open Mic hosted by Luxton Lake, followed by popular local singers Trudi Brown and Jax, singer songwriter Sam Dowden and other local performers.

There will also be plenty of mobile refreshment stands to keep hunger and thirst at bay, plus numerous stalls from local organisations, charities and companies.

A judo demonstration and the annual majorettes competition will be among the many things to see.

The festivities will draw to a close at around 8.15pm with a glorious firework display over the riverfront.

Road closures will be in force during the afternoon and evening, with North Walk from Tuly Street to Cross Street closed from 2.45pm. Access will still be available to the Cattle Market car park.

The carnival route, including The Square, Longbridge, Belle Meadow, Queen Street, Boutport Street and Mermaid Walk will be closed from 5.45pm. Some will reopen from approximately 7.30pm, but the Square and Longbridge will be closed until 9pm.

Traffic entering Barnstaple will still have access as far as the Rolle Street roundabout and the inner relief road will remain open.

To find out more, or to enter the carnival, call Andy Shiner on 01271 373180, email andyshiner1@btinternet.com or download your entry forms from www.barnstaplecarnival.co.uk.

 The carnival is of course the culmination of Barnstaple Fair week, which started yesterday (Wednesday) with the traditional Fair Proclamation Ceremony and ceremonial fair opening.

0 comments

Other News Stories

39 minutes ago
Storm Imogen batters the promenade at Westward Ho! on Monday afternoon. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Huge waves batter the promenade as gale force winds and high tides combine to unleash dramatic display of Mother Nature on the North Devon coast

Read more
18:02
The Gazette has launched the A Better Link for North Devon campaign to help speed up improvements to the North Devon Link Road and highlight just how crucial it is to the region and its economy.

Surveys will help form part of multi-million-pound bid for major improvements to A361 and A30 between Bideford and Tiverton.

Read more
13:06

Fire fighters and highways crews spend hours on scene trying to divert stream away from flooded cottage

Read more
The new bridge in Barnstaple. Pic: Tony Howells

The Taw Bridge in Barnstaple has closed to all vehicles as wind speeds reach 70mph and is ‘not likely’ to open before rush hour.

Read more
10:44
Ilfracombe is lashed by Storm Imogen. Picture: Andrew Pettey.

Westward Ho! and Ilfracombe are among communities bracing for another high tide at 6pm this evening

Read more
Yesterday, 20:15
There could be some big waves coming in overnight tonight (Sunday). Picture: Graham Hobbs

North Devon has suffered a beating this weekend with heavy rain causing flooding - and it’s set to be another unsettled night as Storm Imogen hits tonight (Sunday).

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00

Devon County Council will be carrying out works in Barnstaple from Monday with temporary traffic lights in place.

Read more
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Residents have been clearing up flood debris and mud at Corner Lane in Combe Martin

Residents are busy with clean-up operations this afternoon (Saturday) following the earlier downpours.

Read more
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Pilton residents protesting against plans for yet more homes in the area. Picture: Sarah Howells

Residents have had enough as new proposals for 44 homes add to more than 600 new houses approved by North Devon Council for the area.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 1°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications