New route for Barnstaple carnival

Plans for a new procession are part of a raft of changes to this year’s programme

BARNSTAPLE’S annual carnival is entering a brand new era – with a new committee and a new procession route.

After fears that the event would not go ahead this year, organisers have confirmed that it will go ahead to coincide with Barnstaple Fair Week on Saturday, September 17.

And a new committee drawn from various charitable groups in the town has been busy making new arrangements to ensure the traditional procession is as popular as ever.

This year’s carnival train will form up and start at Taw Vale rather than the Civic Centre. It will head in a clockwise direction around the town, along the Strand, and back to the Square via North Walk, Mermaid Cross, Boutport Street, Queen Street and Belle Meadow.

“The floats will line up on a first come first served basis and head off at 6pm,” said committee member Andy Shiner, who represents Barnstaple Lions Club.

“The idea is to get everything in one spot; we’ll be putting on a big stage, stalls and children’s entertainment on the Square and the kids’ carnival will also head off from the Square end of Taw Vale.”

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Also new for this year is a change in carnival royalty. This year’s queen Bethany Tippet will be accompanied by two 12-15-year-old female attendants, while on a second float, there’ll be a prince and princess, to be selected from a local primary school.

The carnival committee has also developed a new website with up-to-date information about this year’s event.

In the run-up to this year’s event, it is asking people to come up with an official Barnstaple carnival logo to be used as profile pictures on the event’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Postal entries can be sent to: Barnstaple Carnival Logo, 62 Beards Road, Fremington, EX31 2PG. Email entries can be sent to

Please include your name and age and contract details. All entries must be in by 5pm on Tuesday, June 7.

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