Carnival 2019 - 14th / 15th September 


Carnival this year is on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September and the theme is "In The Garden"

Preparations for this year's Carnival are well underway. The Parade will set up at the Bishopstoke Community Centre on Sydney Road again (the big building opposite St Mary's Church). We will leave the Community Centre at 1pm, head down Sydney Road, turn left and head out to cross Church Road and go along Stoke Park Road. We will then turn right into Sedgwick before swinging left and heading down Underwood Road all the way to Hamilton Road. The final stretch is to head along Hamilton Road all the way to the end.  Once we reach Spring Lane the Carnival Courts and anyone else wanting to get into the Meadow can go down Portal Road. Everyone else will have the chance to peel off.

Saturday sees the return of the River Floats on Bishy Beach and the Duck Races at Toby Carvery. The Duck Races will also have stalls and childrens' games and possibly a bouncy castle.

There will be more quizzes over the summer but the year kicks off with a new event. We will be holding the first ever Carnival Easter Egg Hunt on the green space by Blackberry Drive. Watch this space for more information.

As always we would like your help with all of the events, and you can start by applying to be part of the Carnival Court and designing the Carnival Programme Cover.

All the information you need and links to the forms can be found further down this page and in the sidebar.

All forms should either be posted or delivered to the Parish Office at the address below, or emailed to Please mark any envelope with FAO: Carnival to help us deal with your request more quickly.


Carnival Sunday on the Meadow is an opportunity for local groups and businesses to have a stall. The Meadow is open to the public from 1pm to 5pm and the parade arrives at around 2pm. We also have an Arena with various activities.


Stalls are allocated on a first come first served basis, so get your applications in quickly. We will contact you when we receive it to confirm and then later in the year you will receive a pack with information about where you are on the Meadow.

More details are on the form but it is important to note that you MUST let us know whether you want a corner slot and whether you want to bring a generator.

For more details and applications forms please click here.


The theme is "In The Garden" and we are really excited to see what ideas you can come up with. There is £50 prize money for each of 5 categories. This year, as well as Children Under 12, Children 12 and Over and Adults, we have added Best Individual / Family and Best Vehicle. 

Entry is available right up to the day but if you CAN get your forms in early than that we would really appreciate it.


For more information and entry forms please click here.


The River Float competition takes place as usual on the Saturday morning. 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?


For more details and entry forms please click here.


Would you like a chance to represent Bishopstoke as part of the Carnival Court. As part of the Court you are provided with a new dress or suit for Carnival itself, you take part in a tea party with the Mayor, and you get to go to other Carnivals in the area as a member of the Bishopstoke Carnival Court.


For more information about how to apply, please click here.


Every year our Carnival Programme Cover is designed by one of the residents in Bishopstoke. This year the theme for Carnival is "In The Garden". We would like to invite you to create our programme cover, which will then be delivered to every household in Bishopstoke. The best entry goes on the front, the runner up will feature somewhere inside the programme, and there will be a collage of selected others also displayed in the programme. The winner and runner up also receive vouchers.

For more information please click here.


The money that is collected during the parade and from other Carnival events is given to local charities and community groups. Over the years lots of different groups have been helped, including the Scouts, Age Concern and Friends of Stoke Park. Please note that applications this year must be in before Friday 6th September.


For more details and application forms please click here.


Over the summer months we run a series of quizzes to help raise money for the charities that the Carnival supports. Each one also features a raffle. Venues and dates will be announced closer to the summer.


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.

To help with the parade by volunteering to be one of our Marshalls please email Jo Lockyer.

Useful Links

Stall Holder

Application Form

Carnival Parade

Application Form

River Float

Entry Form

Carnival Court

Application Form

Programme Cover Competition

Rules and entry process

Carnival Grants

Application Form

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