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Saturday 1st July 2017

10.30am: Thornbury Carnival 2017
Mundy Playing Fields

This year's Carnival Theme is: Flying/Things That Fly.

Click below to see our special Carnival pages for more information.


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12noon: Thornbury Carnival On the Air
Mundy Playing Fields

This year again Thornbury & South Gloucestershire Amateur Radio Club will be attending Thornbury Carnival.

Last year we had lots of interest from members of the public so this year we are hoping to build on that by giving demonstrations on software defined radio (SDR), kit building, and projects for clubs and digital communication together with traditional voice communication.

Why not come along to see more about how communication is evolving in the digital age and perhaps even try your hand at some simple Morse code sending (CW).

For more information contact Mark 2E0RKM or 0777 6292813 or click below.www.tsgarc.uk


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Thornbury Carnival

Thornbury Carnival 2017 takes place on Saturday 1st July, and everyone is welcome!

The day starts at 10.30am with a parade through Thornbury consisting of marching bands, parading groups, classic cars and military vehicles - we even have an open top bus with its own jazz band.

Thornbury Carnival

Stilt walkers will mingle with the crowds both in the High Street and on the Mundy field to set the scene for a range of children's entertainment - donkeys, inflatables, face painters, balloon modeller Twistina, electric karts, birds of prey and Punch & Judy.

Activities on the Mundy Playing fields run from midday through the afternoon, with a fun fair, refreshments, a variety of stalls and stage entertainment.

With around 10,000 visitors, the Carnival is an opportunity for local charities to raise funds, and for businesses and organisations to promote their interests.

The theme this year is "things that fly" – what will it be? Insects, birds, dinosaurs, aeroplanes, kites?

Buy Your Tickets

Tickets are on sale at: Thornbury Town Hall, Surroundings and Maison and Coco.

Earlybird tickets are no longer available, but full price tickets are available up to the event.

Prices are as follows:

  • Adults £6 (£5 Earlybird)
  • Children (primary school age) £4 (£3 Earlybird)
  • Family ticket covering 2 adults and 2 children £15.

For ticket buying purposes "children" are of primary school age only. Older children and teens need to buy an adult ticket.

Road/Footpath Closures and Parking

There will be road closures around Thornbury town centre because of the Carnival procession.

These closures will start at 9.45am and roads will be open again when the procession has concluded, but not later than 2pm. The main routes that will be impacted are High Street, Castle Street and Kington Lane (from Castle Street to the Mundy Playing Fields entrance).

In addition, for the first time, there is a Temporary Closure Order covering all Mundy Playing Fields footpaths meaning they will be closed for Carnival Day,

The recommended car park for the day is at Thornbury Leisure Centre, a few minutes' walk from the Mundy Playing Fields.

Meet Amy Willerton

Thornbury Carnival

For this year's Carnival we welcome TV Personality Amy Willerton who is joining us for a mixture of business and pleasure.

Amy is a former winner of Miss Universe Great Britain and has also competed on ITV's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here; and earlier this year she was third in Channel 4's ski jump competition The Jump.

Amy is also an Ambassador for the National Autism Society and will be spending some of her time on Carnival day at the JIGSAW THORNBURY stand.

JIGSAW THORNBURY - Joining In, Gaining Support, Awareness and Wellbeing is the Carnival's chosen charity for 2017 and based right here in Thornbury. They provide support for families and children with additional needs - such as Autism.

So if you want to meet Amy or take a selfie with her then go and visit the JIGSAW THORNBURY stand - and meet the other glamorous ladies there too and find out how this great organization is helping to transform many local families.

Let Us Entertain You...

Thornbury Carnival

We have an exciting list of entertainers lined up, including old favourites such as The Femmes from London, along with local favourites – Thornbury Town Band, Zumba, Street Envy, Inspire arts, Thornbury Musical Theatre Group and the enchanting Irish Dancers.

Newcomers include a Gypsy Violin duo, Peroucki, from Bristol, and a rock fusion band Rock Pipes will lead into the Finale act.

Sure to thrill every bit as much as last year’s Abba’s Angels, the one of the top Queen Tribute Bands “The Bohemians” will draw the Carnival to a close with a 90 minute set that will bring back memories of younger days.

At the 2017 Thornbury Carnival, you'll be able to enjoy performances...

  • for 2 stages, and 4 other performance areas: Arena, Island, Childrens' Area, Poulterbrook Field
  • over a period of 7.5 hours
  • with 27 entertainer groups or individuals
  • offering a total of 28 hours of entertaining
  • with people / groups from Thornbury, Bristol, Bath, London, Surrey, Dursley, Poole, Lydney, Cheltenham, Oxford, Gloucester and Portishead - a much closer grouping than in previous years
  • offering classical / gypsy violin, street dance, Songs from the Shows, Samba, Rock Fusion, QUEEN Tribute, Zumba, Belly Dancing, Baby Ballet, Gospel Choir, Piping, Marching Band, Punch & Judy, Stilt Walking, Soccer, Falconry, Kite Flying, Tethered Hot Air Balloon, Classic Car commentary

Click here to download a performance schedule showing where and when to track down your favourite entertainers.

This schedule is subject to change. Times shown are approximate and may vary according to actual performance times.

Please check back regularly for the latest information.

A Comprehensive re-enactment of Queen's Greatest Hits

Internationally renowned Queen Tribute band The Bohemians take you on a high energy roller coaster ride of a concert, featuring the back catalogue of one of the world’s most popular and iconic rock acts of all time.

Billed as ‘The World’s most exciting Queen Tribute’ The Bohemians start proceedings as they mean to continue.

Thornbury Carnival

Right from the beginning you will be gripped by a bombastic, authentic audiovisual representation of Queen’s iconic Wembley ‘86 performance as the Bohemians burst onto the stage to the strains of One Vision and A Kind of Magic. So many fabulous hits to be covered but they’re all here, from the early piano and harmony heavy wonders of Killer Queen and Don’t Stop Me Now, to the later, catchy pop anthems of the eighties.

The second hour concentrates on the later hits and once again there are so many to choose from.

The stunning, Breakthru provides both the introduction and the costume presentation for this part of the set, which includes a new feature of the Bohemians stage show, a slick rendering of classics from the late eighties and early nineties era. I Want It All, The Show Must Go On and the haunting, Days Of Our Lives are just some of those featured.

Next up it’s the sights and sounds of the famous Live Aid performance and of course, the awesome Bohemian Rhapsody. Then it’s back to Wembley ‘86 for a suitably rousing finale when The Bohemians will have you on your feet, singing, dancing and clapping along to the likes of We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions. The appropriate climax to a truly memorable live re-enactment of the world’s greatest Rock Band.

Kite Workshop

Thornbury Carnival

Come to the Thornbury Carnival and let the youngsters make their own kite and fly it under the expertise guidance of Peter Powell Stunt Kite team.

Yes, to follow the theme of "things that fly" we are hosting a kite workshop where you can build, fly and take away your own kite.

For those not old enough to remember, Peter Powell revolutionised kite flying in the 70's by introducing the two string stunt kite.

Photo courtesy of Peter Powell Stunt Kite team

The local company, now run by Peter's two sons are continuing the tradition and they will be demonstrating how it should be done - together with competition winning kite flying team Flying Fish - in a stunning display choreographed to music.

Don't miss the chance to be part of this unique feature of 2017 Thornbury Carnival.

Browse The Stalls

Thornbury Carnival

The Mundy Playing Fields will be filled with over 80 stalls for you to browse... shop to your heart's content, or simply find out more about local businesses and organisations...

Click here to download a list of refreshment providers, businesses, crafts, charities, educational organisations, clubs, societies, sporting organisations and attractions to visit at the Carnival.

This list is subject to change and may vary on the day.

Other attractions include: Fun Fair, Giant Inflatables, Last Man Standing challenge, Krazy Karts, Meerkats, World Jungle, Twistina's Balloon Modelling, Golf challenge, Classic and Military vehicle display, Craft Workers' Marquee, Leisure Centre

Catering available includes: Carvery, Fish & Chips, Pizza, Mexican, Stir Fry, Burgers, Ice Cream (Scoop), Ice Cream (Whippy), Tea & Coffee & Donuts & Cakes, Slush, Alcohol & Cold Drinks, General confectionery.

Before you go home...

Thornbury Carnival

Please will you enrol to help prepare the 2018 Carnival?

There are lots of ways to get involved, many of which do not require Committee work, and can be done in small groups and spread throughout the year.

Click here to fill in our volunteering form and leave it at the Announcer’s tent before you depart, or email: .

Join the Team

Thornbury Carnival is organised by the Thornbury Carnival Community Interest Company (C.I.C.), registered at Companies House, Reg. No: 08472025

Thornbury Carnival C.I.C. is an independent, voluntary organisation not associated with any other Club, Association or Local Authority and has 3rd Party Liability Insurance.

If you would like to join the committee in any capacity and help plan the next Thornbury Carnival, please make contact as soon as possible.

No experience is necessary, just a friendly approach, resourcefulness and reliability.

Want to know more? Email .

If you'd like to advertise in the programme, join the parade, run a stall on the field, entertain the crowd or volunteer to help it all run smoothly, click here to find out how to take part.


Carnival is now in possession of all the authorisations it needs to conduct the day's proceedings as planned:

1. South Glos Council has ordered a Temporary Footpath Closure on all paths crossing the Mundy Field Site.
This applies only on the one occasion a year that the Carnival operates and will affect anyone expecting to access the field from any of the standard footpath points, notable at Gate 1 (The Close), Gate 2 (The Castle Court Footpath), and Gate 3 (Wellfield Lane), but also at other points subject to occasional usage, on Saturday 1st July, 2017.

2. Thornbury Town Council, acting as the owner of the Mundy Field, has authorised the Carnival the right to levy an admissions charge to events on the Field at each of the entry Gates.

3. Licenseable activities on the Field, e.g. Regulated Music, Stage acts, alcohol sales) now fall under the jurisdiction of the Town Council, as the nominated License holder for the site, for a renewable, 12 month period.

4. South Glos. Council Trading Standards Dept., are exercising oversight of refreshment services.

5. Thornbury Carnival C.I.C. has shown due diligence in respect of its duty of care to the Public, and others providing infrastructure and entertainment on the day, through the implementation of:

  • A Road Closure Order for the Carnival Parade route, with authorised road blocks at all its junctions. This has involved advising all addresses along the route, with a reminder letter and, in the vicinity of the Castle School a further letter from the Police re: roadside parking.
  • Lost Child facilities
  • Paramedic Services
  • Adequate refreshment options
  • Event Manned Security Guarding
  • Consultation with the Police
  • Engagement with surveillance measures in respect of unattended baggage or other threatening situations
  • Holding a 3rd Party Liability Insurance Certificate

6. Relevant Music and Performing Rights Licenses are in hand for the event.

PRS For Music

Thornbury Carnival

PRS for Music licences the use of copyright music across the UK, giving businesses and organisations the legal permission they need to play the music they want.

These licences ensure that music publishers, songwriters and composers are fairly rewarded with royalties so they can keep making music - and mean that we’re able to support music at events like this.

For more information about PRS for Music or music licensing, visit www.prsformusic.com or call 0800 068 4828.

Forthcoming events

Saturday 1st July 2017

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Tuesday 4th July 2017

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