Burwell Village Carnival


21st October 2023

We are hosting The Ouse Valley Singles Club for an evening at the Gardiner Memorial Hall. Tickets are £15 each and will include a free glass of wine/pint of cider or beer/ or single spirit. To reserve your ticket please contact Burwellcarnival@gmail.com

About the Band

If you are not familiar with The Ouse Valley Singles Club or have yet to catch their live show then you are in for a treat. They are one of, if not the, most original outfits currently playing the live circuit.

Influenced by the long forgotten sounds & traditions of 1950’s Skiffle (Google it) they combine this sound with the energy of Punk and the swing of Rock and Roll, whilst occasionally dropping some Reggae flavour into the mix. Then layering this with hilarious Folk-like story-telling, often crossing the parameters of what is deemed to be politically correct but keeping it very tongue in cheek. In doing this, they have created a truly original & highly entertaining sound that has been dubbed “New Wave Skiffle” and they have been described as 'George Formby meets The Clash’ where Vaudeville music Hall meets Working Men’s club.

Highlights of their musical journey came when they supported luminaries Chas and Dave on their 2014 tour, warmed up for Sir Bob Geldolf and The Boomtown Rats in the main arena at the Great British Alternative Music Weekender at Butlin’s Skegness as well as providing warm up for the likes of Pete Docherty, The Wonderstuff and the poetical musical comedy genius KATG. 

We are now planning for Carnival 2024 on 29th June 2024 at Burwell Recreation Ground. Last year the event was attended by over 3500 people, and we're looking forward to hopefully attracting a similar number of attendees. Watch this space and our Facebook event page for further details.

Carnival kicks off with our themed parade,  from 1.30pm, making it's way to the Recreation Ground (open from 1pm). The parade makes it's way down The Causeway, turning left into Hythe Lane and straight onto The Recreation Ground up to our stage area 2pm (ish). Parents of kids involved, family/friends and fellow Burwellians will hopefully line the route and and welcome the parade onto Burwell Recreation Ground.

On the recreation ground you'll find our Carnival bar, stage and field entertainment/display , fair rides (large - dodgems/ferris wheel & smaller ones) & inflatable attractions (assault course, helter skelter, last one standing) and food vendors (see list below), along with so much more to enjoy on-the-day.

We also have room for 50 craft/commercial/charity/community stalls - stall bookings will open soon 

Food and Drink

Our Carnival bar will be selling real ale from Burwell Brewery & cider from Spinney Abbey, lager and Pimms by the jug/glasses, along with wine, prosecco (by the bottle), spirits & soft drinks. Our very own Burwell Belles - WI, will be providing hot drinks & refreshments sharing our bar marquee and we will also have a wide choice of food vendors on the field.

So, there’s no need to go anywhere as we have everything you need for a ‘free to enter’, full and fun family day out. Finally folks, do tell your friends to come along or bring them with you. Do bring plenty of cards, cash and coins, chairs and rugs... but please no glassware, own alcohol (otherwise we could lose our license) or bad behaviour – thank you!

Enjoy a full day & evening at Burwell Carnival!

Please note:

  • There is NO PARKING at the Recreation Ground during the day till 6.30pm - except Blue Badge holders, carnival stewards, performers and drop-off. If coming by car, please park within the village and walk to the and no parking is allowed on Hythe Lane or adjacent residential roads, which are coned off - thank you.
  • All dogs MUST be kept on a lead on the Carnival field.
  • No bringing of own alcohol onto site, as the Carnival is a licensed event. Only alcohol purchased at the Carnival bar may be consumed on site.
  • Please use the bins provided, so as not to litter the Recreation Ground field, and surrounding area/roads.
  • Enjoy everything on offer respectfully and please leave the Carnival field quietly at all times, so as not to annoy the neighbours!

Go to timetable

Stall applications are closed for this year

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