Lambourn Carnival & Festival 2024

Lambourn Carnival & Festival Summary 2024

After a very successful Carnival parade and Raffle ticket sales last year,  we were delighted to be able to give small grants to several village groups: Lambourn Silver Circle (to help with days out and speakers), Lambourn Youth Junction (to help with additional equipment), Lambourn Environmental Group (to help with the next tree planting project), 4LEGS Community Radio and The Firefighters Charity.

Planning for 2024 Festival and Carnival will get underway in the spring with the first meeting at The Lambourn Sports Club on Wednesday 13th March @ 7.30pm It’s a very friendly and informal meeting so please join us if you would like to get involved with this year’s Carnival at all! Did you know, you can be a part of the committee and still take part in the Carnival Parade itself?

And should you not want to come to the meetings maybe could help in other ways.

Please get in touch on if you would like to meet us.

Please join our facebook group too!

Louise Wilkin and Lix Cox have stepped down from the Carnival Committee and we thank them for many years of dedication. So once again, may we remind you that if the Village wants the Carnival to continue, we need new people to come forward and commit themselves to help run it.

We welcome ideas for new events (and someone to put those ideas into action), and we desperately need people with basic admin and/or computer experience to help with the administrative tasks.

The Festival and Carnival Committee

Start planning your entry for Carnival on Sunday 27 August! The categories are:

  • Large Float: over 25’
  • Small Float: under 25’
  • Horse drawn or equestrian
  • Adult Fancy Dress
  • Children’s Fancy Dress
  • Family Fancy Dress
  • Push and Pull

There are trophies and rosettes for the winners together with small cash prizes.

As well as the traditional Carnival Parade we will also be running some more Festival activities: see below

How to help

BUT WE STILL NEED MORE HELP to organise these events, and we also need a secretary who can work with Word. Nothing too onerous, honestly, just a bit of essential paperwork!

Please consider joining our friendly committee. If you want to show your support, please come to our next meeting (details on Facebook at Lambourn Carnival & Festival or phone Louise on 71468)

Did you know, you can be a part of the committee and still take part in the Carnival Parade itself?

And should you not want to come to the meetings maybe could help in other ways.

Please get in touch on if you would like to meet us.

Please join our facebook group too!

Lambourn Festival August 2023 – Program of events  




  for more info

Sat 12


Lambourn Village Show and Fete Come and admire the show exhibits or enter your own plants, veg or handicraft.

At the Fete: BBQ, music, fairground rides and car boot sale

Lambourn Sports Club,
Bockhampton Rd



Sun 13


 Car Treasure Hunt

Follow a route, find the clues, workout the riddles & puzzles

Starts at 

Royal British Legion, Lambourn

07763 540343

Wed 23


Fun Fair opens (until Mon 28th Aug)

Mill Lane Recreation Ground

Thurs 24


Quiz Night

With quizmaster Clive Sopp.

Entry £5 per person, max 4 per table

Lambourn Sports Club,
Bockhampton Road


Sun 27


Carnival Parade

Judging takes place from 4.00pm in the assembly field.

Through the village. Assembly field is Lambourn Sports Club, Bockhampton Rd


CARNIVAL RAFFLE £200 cash first
prize + many other prizes. Tickets on sale in Universal Stores and at the Lychgate
on Market Square on Friday and Saturday mornings in August.


OUR SUMMER COMPETITIONS – Judging dates and other details:


Sat 5


entry forms available at 4 Bockhampton Rd


Sun 20


Email your entry details to
or post to 
4 Parsonage Place, RG17 8QB


Tues 22

 Closing date


Email your entry details to
or post to  
4 Parsonage Place, RG17 8QB


Sat 26

07877 417974

Enter and collect your free chalk set on Friday & Saturday mornings at the
Lynch Gate, Market Square.



For details of all the Competitions and Carnival
Parade please see

our Facebook page Lambourn Carnival & FestivalImage result for facebook logo and
the Community Website

Carnival entry forms are also available at Lambourn
Universal Stores





We are planning to hold our Bonfire Night Party at the Sports Club on

Saturday 4th November. 

Reluctantly, we have had to cancel the Carnival Parade again this year. This decision was not taken lightly but we had to take a position before we were too committed financially, and we felt it was unreasonable to ask people to spend time and money working on their entries only to find, at the last minute, that restrictions still prevented Carnival from taking place.

The whole purpose of Carnival is for people to come together as a crowd, either taking part on floats, or watching in the street. We just did not know if this would be possible in August and whether people would be
prepared to take part.

But we have a “Plan B” which worked well last year:

 Picnic on the Porch Sunday 29 August 2021

Like last year, we hope that as many people as possible will have a picnic or BBQ in their front gardens on the afternoon of Carnival Day.

Keep the spirit alive!

Decorate the front of your house, flat or garden and dress up, as if for Carnival. We will be awarding prizes for the best fancy dress and best decorations in 3 categories: Child, Group, House/Garden/Porch.
County Discos will again join us to drive round the village, playing music and providing entertainment for everyone.

Throughout August we are running some of our other regular events and competitions (old and new!) and Scarrotts Fair will be coming to Mill Lane, so please join us for some summer fun. We will also be holding the popular Carnival Raffle, with £200 First Prize. Tickets will be on sale at the Lych Gate in the Market Square on weekends in August.


Programme of Events August 2021

Sat 14 Aug            Village Show at the Sports Club, starts 2pm. Entry deadline for classes is 12 Aug. See entry form here or collect one from Sports Club or Universal Stores.

Sun 15 Aug           Car Treasure Hunt starts at 2.30pm at the Sports Club

Wed 18 Aug          Hungerford Brass concert at St Michael’s church, starts 7.30pm

Thur 26 Aug         Quiz, at the Sports Club, starts 7.30pm

Sun 29 Aug           Picnic on the Porch, “chez vous” through the afternoon, judging starts 4pm

Mon 30 Aug          Cream Teas at St Michaels’ Church, 3-5pm



Garden Competition – for residents within 3 miles of the market place, whether you have a big garden, small garden, tubs, planters – anyone can enter! Entry forms from the Sports Club and Universal Stores. Judging on 13 August.

Sunflower Growing – for the tallest, widest or shortest sun flower you can grow. Entry deadline 13 August for judging on 14 August. See Entry form here or pick up from 4 Bockhampton Road.

Movie Maker           – using the Stop Motion Studio app, make a short animated film and upload it to our Facebook page by 22 August – see more details here

Scarecrows              – Comic Superheroes is the theme. Here is the entry form. Deadline for entries 27 August

Children’s Chalk Drawing  – use your imagination to draw a picture, design or pattern on the pavement outside your home. Collect your chalk on Sat 7 Aug 10am – 12noon from Lambourn Market Place. Judging on 28 August. More details here.


For more details please join the Lambourn Carnival & Festival facebook group or phone 01488 71468

Lambourn Carnival & Festival Committee

Scarecrow Competition – deadline 28 August
Lambourn residents only

Animated Movie Challenge – deadline 25 August
Lambourn Valley residents

Two fun events not to be missed!

Car Treasure Hunt – Sun 23 Aug
Open to anyone in the Lambourn Valley

Picnic on the Porch – Sun 30 Aug

The two local mobile discos already booked for the parade will drive round Lambourn playing music and providing entertainment for everyone. You can dress up and decorate your home/garden as if for the Carnival. Prizes will be awarded!


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