Thousands of people lined the streets of Woodbridge last summer and flocked to Kingston Field to see the revival of the Woodbridge Carnival after 21 years.
This year, the bar has been raised and the Carnival will be a two-day event – with the parade, games, entertainment and races on Saturday 5th July and a classic car show on Sunday 6th. And a fun fair will be on Kingston Field all weekend.
On the Saturday the Carnival starts with Woodbridge School of Dance at 11.30am outside WH Smiths, followed by Ipswich Pipers outside the Turban Centre
As tradition dictates there will then be a procession of brightly coloured floats – adorned with decorations, waving people and of course the Carnival Queen of Haart (a fancy dress competition with a twist) The procession will run from Melton, through the centre of Woodbridge and on to Kingston Field where the main event will take place.
The parade will be begin at 12 noon lead by the Pipers followed by the Fire Service, the Carnival Queen of haart entrants, the Urban All Stars, Woodbridge Library, Town 102, the 1ST Woodbridge Scouts, Woodbridge Regatta, Samboomba, Homestyle, Woodbridge Rugby Club, The Rotary Club, the Sea Scouts, the Lions Club of Woodbridge, Black Ice, The Royal British Legion, Seckford Hall, EACH and finally A Company of Four.
On Kingston Field there will be stalls, games, rides and entertainment. In the main arena there’s a jam-packed programme filled with races, tug of war, music and dancing.
With all the excitement you will work up a thirst and perhaps a yearning for a snack. Never fear, there will be a range of food and drink stalls serving yummy treats.
The events in the main arena will be going on at regular intervals from 2pm onwards with the carnival finishing at about 6pm. And the fun doesn’t stop there! Head back into the Town Centre where the cafés, pubs and restaurants of Woodbridge are putting on a range of post-carnival menus and entertainment.
On the Sunday there will be a classic car show on the field as well as the fair ground rides and games.
All in all, the Woodbridge carnival intends to delight, amaze and where possible involve every single person in the community in a day of laughter and outdoorsy fun that will ensure that the Carnival is a regular fixture in the local calendar for many years to come.
Woodbridge Carnival is your quintessential family day out with lots to do and see for people of all ages from tiny toddlers to their great-grandparents.
Programme for Saturday:
• Ipswich Pipers to play from 12pm outside The Turban Centre/Thoroughfare
• Woodbridge School of Dance to perform from 11.30am outside WH Smith and on Cross Corner until 12pm
• The Carnival procession to leave by 12pm and head up to the main Thoroughfare fully escorted by the Marshalls.
• Pipers to then lead the procession through to Kingston Field where the procession will arrive at approximately 12.45pm
1.30pm haart to judge queen of haarts
and present the prize.
2.00pm 5s and under 50m race
2.10pm ages 6 to 8s 75m race
2.20pm ages 9 to 11s 100m race
2.30pm ages 12 to 15 100m race
2.40pm Urban All Stars
3.00pm ages 5 to 7 egg and spoon
3.10pm ages 8 to 11 egg and spoon
3.20pm ages 12 to 15 egg and spoon
3.30pm adult egg and spoon
3.40pm Black Ice Majorettes
4.00pm ages 5 and under sack race
4.10pm ages 6 to 8 sack race
4.20pm ages 9 to 11 sack race
4.30pm ages 12 to 15 sack race
4.40pm adult sack race
4.50pm Woodbridge School of Dance
5.15pm Mum and Dads relay
5.20pm Mum and Dads 100m
5.30pm Event Closes
The New and Classic Car Show
Sunday 6th July at Kingston Field from 10am until 5pm
New cars on display will include Volvo, Mazda, Ford, Audi and Volkswagen.
The Organisers are also hoping for a good turn out of Classic Cars and have written to many local car clubs inviting them to join in the fun on the day.
The New and Classic Car Show will be supporting BBC Radio Suffolk’s ‘8 Day A Week Appeal’ which is raising funds for Suffolk Family Carers to help them buy and maintain a new mobile unit.