Christchurch is a beautiful part of town, home to the majestic Priory, the historic castle ruins and tranquil Quay and The Quomps, where children fly their kites, visitors explore the coastline by boat and locals enjoy the most idyllic lunch breaks. But, while on the surface it’s a tranquil retreat, Christchurch also knows how to throw a mean event!
Over the weekend of 19-20th August it’s time for Christchurch Carnival. The Christchurch Carnival Committee has been going for more than 100 years, dedicated to organising a fun weekend the whole family will enjoy.
Make your way to Christchurch Quay on Saturday 19 August for a full day (10am – 10pm) of fun with stalls, attractions, food and drink stands, entertainment and a thrilling fireworks finale.
On the Sunday it’s time for the carnival parade, where local clubs, businesses, causes and individuals assemble to proudly march, sing and dance through their town. This year the theme is ‘Movies’ and it’s absolutely free to take part. Who will be crowned Carnival Star and get the important task of leading the whole procession? Each entry will also be judged in the Best Float competition, with a top prize of £100 and runners-up prizes of £60 and £40 up for grabs.
All carnival participants must register online and gather at the Two Riversmeet car park at 1pm for a 2pm start. From Two Riversmeet the parade goes down Stony Lane, Bridge Street and Castle Street, onto the High Street, down Sopers Lane and finishes at The Quomps. There is also another day of fun on the Quay from 11am to 4pm on the Sunday.