PREPARATIONS are well under way for the eagerly awaited Barnstaple Carnival and Kidz Karnival events set to take place on Saturday, September 18. The popular Kidz Karnival will set off from a new venue this year, with entrants invited to form up outside B

PREPARATIONS are well under way for the eagerly awaited Barnstaple Carnival and Kidz Karnival events set to take place on Saturday, September 18.

The popular Kidz Karnival will set off from a new venue this year, with entrants invited to form up outside Barnstaple Heritage Centre from 12.30pm, with judging at 1.30 and the parade moving off at 3.

The venue for all the afternoon's fun, games and music is also new, with everything taking place in front of the museum at the Square.

There will be stalls, live bands and entertainment, with the crowning of Carnival Queen Nikki Church taking place at 5pm.

The main carnival parade will set off from the Civic Centre in North Walk at 6pm, heading along The Strand and onto The Square, then Belle Meadow Road, Queen Street, Boutport Street, past the end of High Street and back down North Walk.

The festivities close with a firework display over the river from approximately 8pm - and then it's off to enjoy the last night of Barnstaple Fair! The Fair opens on Wednesday, September 15.

The carnival committee would love to hear from anyone who could help organise and marshal both the main parade and the Kidz Karnival. If you can help, contact Mel Lovering on (01271) 376909.