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We are sorry to announce that this year's Bishopstoke Carnival has had to be cancelled. 

We understand that this will be a great disappointment to everyone who was planning on coming but unfortunately there have not been enough volunteers this year to ensure that everything could happen smoothly and safely.

We hope that anyone reading this and feeling disappointed will consider joining the Carnival team for the coming year - your help would be greatly appreciated. 


Thank you

For more information on how you can help, or if you just have some questions, please email us at


Carnival Sunday on the Meadow is an opportunity for local groups and businesses to have a stall. This year the Meadow is open to the public from Noon until 5pm, and the Arena events should run from 1pm to 4pm.


Stalls are allocated on a first come first served basis, so get your applications in quickly. Proper application forms will be added to this page soon but in the meantime you can just contact us to request a spot and we will get back to you to confirm your booking.

This year we are not able to supply gazebos so you must bring your own if you want one. You also need to let us know if you want to bring a generator. Whilst we will do out best to accommodate requests for specific locations on the Meadow we will also be looking at making sure stalls of a similar type are spread around the Meadow and not all clustered together.

Stall fees this year have been kept at £15 if you are a charity or community group, £20 if you are a small, run from home, business, and £25 for any larger businesses.

If you have any questions, or simply want to book a stall, please email


The River Float competition has been moved to Sunday morning but will still start at 10am. In recent years Stoke Park Junior School have proven a tough act to beat. Is anyone going to be able to take their crown away this time? There is no theme this year so you can simply let your imagination run wild!!

This year because of the changing nature of Bishy Beach anyone watching the River Floats will be asked to stand on the pavement or road. Don't panic, we are applying to close that section of road so everyone will be safe. The winning entries will be announced at 11am.

The river floats will be followed at 11:15 by the duck races. This is a change of day AND a change of location for the ducks compared to previous years, so lets hope they don't get homesick and try to wander off down any side streams!


For more details and entry forms please contact us at


Each year the Carnival gives out a series of small grants to local charities and community groups. If you are interested in applying and the amount you need for your project is no more than £250 then download an application form and send it back to us, either through the post to the Parish Office, Riverside, Bishopstoke, SO506LQ, or by email to


Carnival only happens because of the help of a small group of volunteers. We are always looking for extra help so whether you want to be part of the group that organises it all or whether you can only help on the day, please get in touch. 

To help generally please email and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

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