All you need to know about Sudbury Carnival

Sudbury Carnival in 1996. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Sudbury Carnival in 1996. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Sudbury Carnival is just days away. Here’s everything you need to know to prepare for carnival day.

The Diamond-Lites Majorettes perform in the Sudbury Carnival
Picture: ARCHANT

The Diamond-Lites Majorettes perform in the Sudbury Carnival Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Su Anderson

It will take place on Sunday August 19 and this year’s theme is ‘countries of the world’.

It will kick off with a procession of floats through the town, starting this year from the Delphi Centre between noon and 12.30pm.

There will be entertainment and activities throughout the afternoon and evening in Belle Vue Park where the procession will end.

At the park there will be a raft of events with plenty of things for families to do.

Sudbury Lucas Carnival in 1999 Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Sudbury Lucas Carnival in 1999 Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant


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All day activities include children’s rides, bouncy castles, Punch and Judy shows, displays, laser tag games and craft stalls. There is also live music.

Here is the running order for events at the park:

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• 12:00 Lavenham Falconry

• 13:30 Music from Route 66

• 14:00 Speech from Sudbury Mayor, Sue Ayres

• 14:15 Carnival Queen’s court

• 14:45 Fancy dress

• 15:15 Music from Route 66

• 16:00 Belly dancing display

• 16:30 Lavenham Falconry Display

• 17:30 Music from Less Than Perfect (Acoustic Duo)

• 18:30 Music from Route 66

• 21:00 close

Refreshments will be served in the park throughout, including stalls selling treats such as donuts, fishfinger sandwiches, pizza, ice cream, candy floss plus tea and coffee.

Chairman of the carnival organising committee Angie Talbot said: “For a number of years Sudbury lost its carnival, but thanks to people like Jack Owen and a small team he brought together, the carnival is back and has grown in strength.

“It is going to be a great day, with plenty of room to sit and listen to the music and watch the events in the arena.”

For more details, including a full list of events and map of the new route, visit the Sudbury Carnival website.

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