Pictures and video special: A flying start for Combe Martin Carnival

Watery mayhem from Sunday's Combe Martin Carnival raft race. Pictured are junior winners The Brine S

Watery mayhem from Sunday's Combe Martin Carnival raft race. Pictured are junior winners The Brine Slicers returning to shore. - Credit: Archant

Grand opening, raft racing and much more to come as Carnival Week 2013 moves into high gear.

Watery mayhem from Sunday's Combe Martin Carnival raft race. Pictuyred are senior race winners Swimb

Watery mayhem from Sunday's Combe Martin Carnival raft race. Pictuyred are senior race winners Swimbledon pulling for home. - Credit: Archant

COMBE Martin Carnival Week is up and running as costumed characters of all ages take to the streets, the fields and the water for seven days of fun.

Scenes from the Combe Martin Carnival grand opening day at Hollands Park on Saturday. Pictures by Sh

Scenes from the Combe Martin Carnival grand opening day at Hollands Park on Saturday. Pictures by Sharon O'Farrell. To see more, go to Combe Martin Carnival on Facebook. - Credit: Sharon O'Farrell

On Saturday, a successful grand opening at Hollands Park saw Wacky Races with a space hopper derby, dumpy sack race and junior wheelbarrow race among others, together with live music into the evening.

A group of friends from Combe Martin and their 'Just Polluted' entry into the raft race.

A group of friends from Combe Martin and their 'Just Polluted' entry into the raft race. - Credit: Archant

Last night (Sunday) crews took to the water for the annual Raft Race mayhem, with kayak, junior and senior raft races offering plenty of opportunity for watery chaos.

Scenes from the Combe Martin Carnival grand opening day at Hollands Park on Saturday. Pictures by Sh

Scenes from the Combe Martin Carnival grand opening day at Hollands Park on Saturday. Pictures by Sharon O'Farrell. To see more, go to Combe Martin Carnival on Facebook. - Credit: Sharon O'Farrell

Tonight (Monday) is Fairy Queen Night from 6pm at Hollands Park, with the choosing of the carnival royalty plus a glamorous granny competition and family disco.


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A Flower Festival is running at the Parish Church every day until tomorrow (Tuesday) from 10am-4pm.

The main carnival parade is on Wednesday, with assembly at Holdstone Way at the top of the village from 6pm, judging at 6.30pm and the procession moving off at 7.30pm.

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On Friday, there is a Children’s Pavement Art Competition at Borough Road by the seaside from 10.30-11am.

Also on Friday the popular Wheelbarrow Race – essentially a second carnival parade – sets off from the top of the village at 8pm.

Entrants are invited to put on their best fancy dress and assemble from 6.30-7pm. The fun concludes with a firework display at the beach at around 9.30pm.

Carnival Week winds down with everything from classic vehicles to supercars at a Static Motor Show on Saturday in the coach park by the Pack O’ Cards.

Pick up your carnival programme at outlets around the village, visit the Combe Martin Carnival Facebook page or go to www.combemartincarnival.com

* CLICK on the gallery links to the top right of this story to see more raft race pictures plus pictures by Sharon O’Farrell from the opening day.

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