The Woodbridge Carnival takes place today (Saturday 4th July), and this year the day’s events have moved to a new location, The Abbey Playing fields off Cumberland Street. This year the Carnival ties in with Independents day, a day where people are encouraged to support the local independent businesses that form such a core part of Woodbridge’s charm.
A 4pm start gives visitors the chance to browse the shops and have lunch in town before gathering for the Carnival procession and then onto The Abbey Fields for games, activities, stalls, food and drink as well as live music and fireworks!
This year there are lots of activities for people to have a go at from archery to art, dance, craft, kids races and more as well as some great displays in the main arena.
There is free car parking at Suffolk Coastal District Council offices on Melton Hill care of Choose Woodbridge.
Chris Harrold, Chairman of Choose Woodbridge – the group organising the Carnival, added, “The Carnival has grown and grown since we brought it back in 2013. We’ve developed the event to cater for all ages and this year we’re very excited to have added a firework display to the agenda. The number of groups and business involved looks to grow again this year and the link with Thomas Seckford’s anniversary and the supportive Seckford Foundation has been a welcome addition. We’re working closely with the superb volunteers at the Rotary Club of Woodbridge to make this a safe and well organised event.”
The Carnival Procession will start at the later time this year at 4pm in a bid to be more inclusive and eco-friendly, the procession will be largely walking groups this year with a few smaller vehicles to enable those with little legs or heavy loads to take part.
The procession will depart from Woodbridge School in Burkitt Road down New Street, on to the Thoroughfare and Cumberland Street and then on to the Abbey Fields where they will be welcomed by the upbeat music of local band Fete Accomplis – one of whom has opened Glastonbury every year since 1989.
The procession will be led by a reincarnation of Woodbridge’s historical benefactor, Thomas Seckford, who is celebrating his 500th birthday this year, and in whose honour this year’s carnival takes place. The Carnival Queen of haart float will follow with this year’s entrants, to be judged by ‘Thomas Seckford’ in the main ring.