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Carnival Day 2017

The Carnival at the Castle 2017 took place on Sunday 25 June.

Once again we had a great afternoon, with good crowds - about 5,000 were estimated to have attended! The entertainment had everyone dancing and we raised thousands for charity. Another community day success!

carnival day 2017

Photo; Stalls in 2017, courtesy of @warenext.

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!

What took place

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The Opening

The Carnival was formally opened at 2pm in the arena in the Castle grounds by the Mayor of Hertford, Cllr Sue Dunkley.

Cllr Dunkley gave an opening speech before declaring the Carnival 'Open!'.

See Fancy dress competition, the Opening and the Castle for photos!

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Stalls at the Castle

From 12pm to 5pm there were stalls and refreshments in the busy Castle grounds.

We had over 50 stalls exhibiting their wares on Carnival day. Many favourites from previous years returned, plus some new faces!

Essential food requirements were definitely catered for with tea and cake, a McMullens drinks tent and plentiful Pimms, scones, pizzas, curry and icecream. Stalls sold chilli and crafts, local organisations showcased their services (you could even have a massage!), whilst traditional fete activities and games such as tombolas and face painting also took place. There were also ginormous bees wandering around, yachts to clamber on, hoops and Minions!

Preference for stall applicants was given to Hertford-based applicants, and favourable rates were given to local businesses and/or charities.

Photos of the stalls are here;

  • Stalls were busy (photo Peter Rawlings) Stalls were busy (photo Peter Rawlings)
  • Lots of Castles today (photo Hertford Town Council) Lots of Castles today (photo Hertford Town Council)
  • The Scouts brought their boats (photo Anna Schlenker) The Scouts brought their boats (photo Anna Schlenker)
  • The kids enjoyed them very much (photo Steve Beeston) The kids enjoyed them very much (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Rotary president Pamela Rutherford and Linda Cudmore from Carers in Herts (photo Anna Schlenker) Rotary president Pamela Rutherford and Linda Cudmore from Carers in Herts (photo Anna Schlenker)
  • She grabbed a pizza the action (photo Steve Beeston) She grabbed a pizza the action (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Attwaters Jameson Hill had a stall (photo Peter Anson Westbrook) Attwaters Jameson Hill had a stall (photo Peter Anson Westbrook)
  • Abel's popular Pimms and scones (photo Anna Schlenker) Abel's popular Pimms and scones (photo Anna Schlenker)
  • Children enjoyed Sandart (photo Steve Beeston) Children enjoyed Sandart (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Scone me (photo Steve Beeston) Scone me (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Tombola on the Hertfordshire Buildings Preservation Trust stall (photo Hertfordshire BPT) Tombola on the Hertfordshire Buildings Preservation Trust stall (photo Hertfordshire BPT)
  • Kids rang rings around the grown ups! (photo Steve Beeston) Kids rang rings around the grown ups! (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Whee (photo Steve Beeston) Whee (photo Steve Beeston)
  • A quiet family moment (photo Anna Schlenker) A quiet family moment (photo Anna Schlenker)
  • Currying favour (photo Steve Beeston) Currying favour (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Customers weren't hung out to dry on this stall (photo Steve Beeston) Customers weren't hung out to dry on this stall (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Tattoes helped raise money (photo Steve Beeston) Tattoes helped raise money (photo Steve Beeston)
  • This stall didn't rub people up the wrong way (photo Steve Beeston) This stall didn't rub people up the wrong way (photo Steve Beeston)
  • The book stall was popular (photo Steve Beeston) The book stall was popular (photo Steve Beeston)
  • All aboard! (photo Steve Beeston) All aboard! (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Wares were on sale (photo Steve Beeston) Wares were on sale (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Free samples on the butcher stall (photo Steve Beeston) Free samples on the butcher stall (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Hoops in motion (photo Steve Beeston) Hoops in motion (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Oooh, may I? (photo Steve Beeston) Oooh, may I? (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Wzzzhat's up? (photo Steve Beeston) Wzzzhat's up? (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Isabel Hospice volunteer Jill Geall with Mayor Sue Dunkley, on the Isabel Hospice Stall (photo Chantall Geall) Isabel Hospice volunteer Jill Geall with Mayor Sue Dunkley, on the Isabel Hospice Stall (photo Chantall Geall)
  • Despicable! (photo Hertford Town Council) Despicable! (photo Hertford Town Council)
     

The list of stalls was as follows;

Steves Ices

Hair to Ware

2nd Bengeo Scouts

Crepe Heaven

Future Living substance abuse

Mind in Mid Herts

The Secret Space Yoga

Hertford Physiotherapy Ltd

Café Santiago

WI Market

Hertford @ Dist Camera Club

Herts Building Preservation Trust

Herts and Crafts

Tutor Doctor

Mobile Tasty Treats

Childrens games

Barclays Bank see sponsors

Attwaters Jameson Hill see sponsors

Friends and Trends

Clair's Cakes

Picketts of Hertford - Butcher

RNI

Little Kitten Face Painting

Abel of Hertford see sponsors

Isabel Hospice see Beneficiary

HI-STYLE Jewellery

Duck n Bite

Hertford Theatre

Zumba Dancing Hartham Leisure Centre

Waste Services

Vets4Pets

The Pink Pinny

Carers in Hertfordshire see Beneficiary

Hair Accessories

Scoops

First Responders

Balloons

Transition Hertford

Hertford and Ware Sea Cadets

Inner Wheel tea tent

St John's Ambulance

Petruccis Wood Fired Pizzaria

Indian Food 

Hertford & Ware Bee Keepers

Town Twinning

Herts Walks

County Castles

McMullens

1st Hertford Sea Scouts

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Arena entertainment at the Castle

From 12pm to 5pm there were arena events and entertainment on the lawn at Hertford Castle.

The Mayor formally opened the proceedings at 2pm; see Opening.

There was a charming if small fancy dress competition; see Fancy dress competition, the opening and the castle.

Groups or individuals were encouraged to perform in the arena, with preference being given to local participants, especially those who could bring a party feel to the proceedings! Crowds gathered to watch, and we had lots of audience participation! 

Some performers returned as crowd favourites from the previous years, whilst some were brand new.

Entertainments were as follows;
12.45 The Ukabilly Band
13.20 Everyone Active Zumba Dancing  
13.40 Scottish Country Dancing by the South East Herts Scottish Country Dance Society 
14.00 Mayor's opening speech 
And
Children's fancy dress parade
14.20 Harry's Band
14.50 The U3A Zumba Gold Dance Group 
15.10 The Graham Moss Big Band
15.30 Fusion - Voices in Harmony
16.00 The Ukabilly Band
16.30 to end The Shambles

Ukabilly Big Band

Everyone Active Zumba Dancing

South East Herts Scottish Country Dance Society

Harry's Band

The U3A Zumba Gold Dance Group 

The Graham Moss Big Band

Fusion Voices in Harmony

Shambles Band

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Fancy dress competition, the opening, and the castle

Parents were invited to bring their children in ‘Carnival’ themed fancy dress for a parade led by the Mayor around the grounds at 2pm.  We were hoping for lots of great costumes, with colourful clothing, masks and flamboyant outfits including feathers, flowers and fancy dress costumes; anything that fits the carnival spirit!  And also for a little noise, as we had drums and trumpets for each child!

Despite the success of the last two years, where we had scores, we only had a handful of children attend this year.  This was unfortunate, and we didn’t go round the grounds.  However this did mean lots of presents and that everyone got a medal!  Quality not quantity! – even if we are concerned that a couple of the Batgirls might be just too small and cute to fight crime just yet!

  • The fancy dress assembly point (photo Hertford Town Council) The fancy dress assembly point (photo Hertford Town Council) The fancy dress assembly point (photo Hertford Town Council)
  • Mayor Sue Dunkley formally opened the proceedings at 2pm (photo Anna Schlenker) Mayor Sue Dunkley officially opened the Carnival at 2pm (photo Anna Schlenker) Mayor Sue Dunkley formally opened the proceedings at 2pm (photo Anna Schlenker)
  • A little boy aiming for Rotary, we hope?!  (photo Peter Rawlings) A little boy aiming for Rotary, we hope?! (photo Peter Rawlings)
  • Children assemble for the fancy dress (photo Anna Schlenker) Children queuing for the fancy dress competition (photo Anna Schlenker) Children assemble for the fancy dress (photo Anna Schlenker)
  • Three of our lovely entrants (photo Anna Schlenker) Three of our lovely entrants (photo Anna Schlenker) Three of our lovely entrants (photo Anna Schlenker)
  • Hertford Carnival Committee chair David Kirby and the Mayor Sue Dunkley (photo Anna Schlenker) Hertford Carnival Chair David Kirby and Mayor Sue Dunkley (photo Anna Schlenker) Hertford Carnival Committee chair David Kirby and the Mayor Sue Dunkley (photo Anna Schlenker)
  • Ladybirds were seen roaming the crowd (photo Anna Schlenker) Ladybirds were seen roaming the crowd (photo Anna Schlenker) Ladybirds were seen roaming the crowd (photo Anna Schlenker)
  • The tally of visitors to the Castle (photo Jane Sartin) The final count of visitors to the Castle (photo Jane Sartin) The tally of visitors to the Castle (photo Jane Sartin)
  • A lady, a boy, a Rotarian, and a Rotary dog (photo Anna Schlenker) A lady, a boy, a Rotarian, and a Rotary dog (photo Anna Schlenker)
     

Judges were the Mayor Sue Dunkley, President of the Rotary Club Pamela Rutherford, and Ann Hunter.

The Castle was open for tours as usual, with the Friends on hand to answer historical questions and to show people around.  910 visitors were logged by closing time.

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Charity collections

We wanted Hertford Carnival to benefit our local community, and charities were selected to be the beneficiaries of all monies raised on the day from collections.  We sought donations on the Castle gates, as well as on certain stalls, and appreciated all your generosity!

The chosen charities for 2017 were Isabel Hospice and Carers in Herts; click here to read about them, and about the money raised.

The committee and volunteers lurked with their collecting tins at the gates and around the grounds ... And you gave - thank you!

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Miscellaneous

Programmes were distributed on the day, and taken away as a souvenir!

St John first aiders were on hand during the day, with personnel visible in the Castle grounds.

Participants and spectators stuck to Health & Safety guidelines and thus ensured a safe and enjoyable day for all.

Professional and amateur photographers took a variety of pictures during the day, and these were either sent direct to us or found by us in public social media. A selection has been included on these archive pages, and across the website as a whole. Thank you if we have used yours.

If a photo containing your child appears on the website and you object, please contact the webmaster, describing the photo. Please make sure you add the email subject header 'Hertford Carnival'. We will be happy to take it down.

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Feedback

Numerous people - spectators, sponsors, stall-holders and performers - contacted us verbally and via our email address, twitter page and via other avenues to comment on Carnival Day 2017. We were delighted to receive these positive comments - it made the hard work and months of planning worthwhile!

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Why no procession and a smaller-scale event at Hertford Castle?

Although a big community day in the traditional carnival way is preferable, we opted to stick with the Carnival at the Castle format for 2017 as well.

See Join the Procession for details.

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Thank you...

... to everyone who came, supported or participated ... It wouldn't have happened without you!


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