Burwell Village Carnival


Having returned with a successful Burwell Carnival once again in 2022, following an enforced 2 year absence due to the covid pandemic, we're now planning for Carnival 2023 on Saturday 1st July, 1-11.30pm, 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 (see below), making it's way to the Recreation Ground (open from 1pm), where you'll find our Carnival bar, stage and field entertainment/displays (Grantanbrycg - Anglo Saxon/Viking/Norman re-enactment group) , 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 - please select 'stall booking' or button below to book. 

Many thanks

Burwell Carnival Team
Burwell Carnival hopes to deliver a time when our community can come together and celebrate everything about our growing village!

The parade theme for 2023 is 'National & International Celebration Days' - (minimum requirement 'single person' with a 'themed' banner + group name) with local community groups, and hopefully 'local businesses' taking part. Paraders will assemble at the Burwell Social Club car park, from 1pm, and be human/electric powered only = 'Walk, Push, Pull, Scoot or Pedal.'  Starting at 1.30pm - making 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 particularly welcoming the parade onto Burwell Recreation Ground.

Will last years winners retain their shields, or will others now regain the title!

  1. 2nd Burwell Rainbows - Bees = 1st place winners
  2. 1st Burwell Brownies - Protect the Jelly fish... recycle your plastic = 2nd place winners
  3. Burwell Early Learners - Butterflies (the smaller ones!) = 3rd place winners
  4. Burwell Folk - Save Our Seas & Singing Sea Shanties = Adult Group cup

2023 parading themes:

  • Burwell Early Learners - St George's Day
  • 1st Burwell Rainbows - St Patrick's Day
  • The Spring Montessori - World Wildlife Day (focusing on UK wildlife)
  • Burwell Trefoil Guild - Celebrating 80 years of Trefoil!
  • Burwell Folk Club - St Andrew's Day
  • Burwell Football Club - Celebrating 'the beautiful game!'
  • 2nd Burwell Guides - Bonfire Night Fireworks!
  • Burwell Rangers - LGBTQ+ Pride
  • 2nd Burwell Rainbows - Easter
  • 1st Burwell Brownies - Chinese New Year 
  • 2nd Burwell Brownies - World Book Day
  • Scouts Squirrels - Christmas
  • Burwell Judo - ?
  • Burwell Army Cadets
  • Synergy Majorettes
  • Any other local groups want to join in the parade fun? - please let us know!

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 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!

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