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Hertford Carnival 2016!

Stalls, refreshments and entertainments took place at Hertford Castle on Sunday 19 June 

The afternoon saw a wonderful turn out, with an estimated 8,000 people at least attending to enjoy a gorgeous afternoon in the sun at Hertford's latest carnival.

Great bands and performers entertained the crowds, and a varied selection of stalls plied their wares to browsers. 

The event had a great fun feel, and adults and children alike enjoyed the afternoon; with the things on offer ranging from boats to clamber on to more grown-up fun such as plentiful Pimms, everyone was happy!

the four fancy dress winners 2016
Photo; The four fancy dress winners on Carnival day 2016, shown with the judges, who included Rotary chairman David Pearce and Mayor of Hertford Dr Cllr Linda Radford. Picture courtesy of Peter Rawlings.

Children in fancy dress were invited to attend, and the grounds were full of stormtroopers, clowns, pirates, fairies and princesses parading after the mayor before assembling in the arena for prize-giving. The judges had a very hard time picking four winners!

Hundreds of people also explored the Castle.

It was a lovely community afternoon, and one that also raised much needed funds for local charities.

Everyone was invited to join in the fun, and around 8,000 people came along to enjoy themselves on the day!

See the slideshows and full coverage here.

the fusion choir 2016

Photo; music, maestro! - the Fusion choir had conductors aplenty! Picture courtesy of Steve Beeston photography.

Participants, businesses and volunteers all played their vital parts in ensuing the day was a success, both on the day and for months in advance.  The day would not have happened without our sponsors and supporters, organisers and stewards.

THANK YOU to everyone who took part; those who helped, supported or sponsored, the stall-holders and the performers, and of course to everybody who came along on the day!  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

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Your town needs you!

We worked long and hard again to organise and put on an afternoon of fun for the community, and we are grateful to all those who participated, who supported us, and everyone who came along and enjoyed the day.

In no time at all, we will be starting to organise Hertford Carnival 2017.

If you would like to get stuck in to the planning, and/or were unhappy with the lack of procession this year, please get involved!

the carnival grounds 2016

Photo; Carnival day 2016, courtesy of Peter Rawlings.

Even a small-scale static standard event takes months of planning, with a whole raft of unexciting but incredibly necessary actions to translate ideas into reality. If you would like to get immersed in the planning and organising, or can just offer a pair of hands, please contact us.

We would like the next event to be a big community day in the traditional carnival way, but do need a minimum number of floats (enrolled by our deadlines or before to enable the necessary planning) to make it viable for costs and spectators. If you are interested in joining the procession, please watch the media and/or register your interest now. We will of course also be looking for stalls and performers!

We also appreciate all support from local businesses.

The more pairs of hands, the more support, the more interest, the better the event will be.

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Where now?

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Click here to learn about the team who ran Carnival 2016.

 Hertford town council crest 

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Carnival 2016

See slideshows and full coverage of Carnival Day 2016, including;

Fancy dress comp



The charities who benefited this year

Sponsors and Supporters

Also see

Our competitions

The organisers

Press coverage

How to contact us

External links

Olden Times

Slideshows and full coverage of 2015

Pre 2015

Want to take part in 2017?

Join the procession (tbc)

Run a stall

Perform in the arena

Or other ways;




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