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Carnival at the Castle 2017 …

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(Note; this page is meant as a guide for spectators. Participants should refer to the Run a stall and Perform pages, and to any information sent from the Carnival committee).

Opening of the Carnival

Stalls at the Castle
Arena entertainment at the Castle
Fancy dress competition

Charity collections

Car parks
First aid

Children and photography
Photos and stories - your help required!

The procession (n/a)
Road closures (n/a)


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The programme will available at the entrances to the Castle on carnival day. A voluntary donation will be sought.

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Opening of the Carnival

The Carnival will (now) be formally opened at 2.00pm in the arena in the Castle grounds by the Mayor of Hertford, Cllr Susan Dunkley.

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Stalls at the Castle

From 12pm to 5pm there will be stalls stall holder in 2016and refreshments in the Castle grounds.

Over 50 stalls will be exhibiting on Carnival day. Many favourites from previous years will be returning, along with some new faces! And we're happy to say that there is the usual mix of food, beer, tea, crafts and games!

Photo; Carnival Day 2016, photo courtesy of Isabelle Robinson.

Exhibitors are 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


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


The Pink Pinny

Carers in Hertfordshire see Beneficiary

Hair Accessories


First Responders


Transition Hertford

Hertford and Ware Sea Cadets

Inner Wheel

St John's Ambulance (first aid)

Petruccis Wood Fired Pizzaria

Indian Food 

Hertford & Ware Bee Keepers

Town Twinning

Herts Walks

County Castles


Please note;

The carnival site at the Castle will be out of bounds from 8 – 11am as the stall holders will be setting up.

When on the site in the afternoon, please observe signage, and obey any direction from carnival stewards.

Come along and see your favourites from last year and discover the new stalls we have for this year!

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Arena entertainment at the Castle

From 12pm to 5pm there will be arena events on the lawn at Hertford Castle.

There will be a children's fancy dress competition in the arena – see Fancy dress competition.

Scheduled performers in the arena are;

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 
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

Zumba dance display by Everyone Active

South East Herts Scottish Country Dance Society

Harry's Band

The U3A Zumba Gold Dance Group 

Graham Moss Big Band

Fusion - Voices in Harmony

Shambles Band

Many of these are returning as crowd favourites from the previous few years, so make sure you get a good seat, or get ready to join in! See our archive footage for pictures of previous performances.

Please note; 

The timetable is subject to change up until the day.


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Fancy dress competition

Parents are invited to bring children in ‘carnival’ themed fancy dress for our popular annual fancy dress competition. Think colour and pizzazz! - colourful clothing, masks and flamboyant outfits including feathers, flowers and fancy dress costumes; anything that fits the carnival spirit!

Please assemble at the central gazebo just prior to 2pm. After the Mayor has formally opened the Carnival at 2pm, she and the other judges will lead the children on their short parade round the grounds.carnival day 2016

Photo; Carnival Day 2016, photo courtesy of @Brickendonbury

We are hoping for lots of colourful costumes, and the parade will be complete with drums and trumpets, so expect a little noise!

Prizes will be awarded in three age groups; up to age 5, 6-8 year olds, and 9-11 year olds.

The competition is being kindly sponsored by Abel of Hertford again this year, and director Ami Hayward will be one of the judges. Other judges will be the Mayor, the President of the Rotary Club, and Ann Hunter.

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Charity collections

We want Hertford Carnival to benefit our local community, and charities have been selected to be the beneficiaries of all monies raised on the day from collections. We will be collecting on the gates, so please be generous!

The chosen charities this year are Isabel Hospice and Carers in Hertfordshire; click here for more details.

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Car parks

This year, all Hertford car parks will be open (none are reserved for procession participants), although of course may be busy.

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First aid

St John's Ambulance will provide first aid cover and will be visible in the Castle grounds.

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There will be additional porta-a-loos (as well as the normal toilets) in the Castle grounds.

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Children and photography

Parents and guardians;

Please note that official and non-official photos, any of which may be used in our publicity, will be taken on the day. spectators 2016If you have any objection to your child being photographed, please make this known to the appropriate photographer(s) at the time.

Similarly, 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'.

Photo; spectators - human and canine - in 2016, courtesy of Steve Beeston photography.

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Photos and stories - your help required!

Help us capture the carnival for posterity! 

Email us any good photos you take on the day; we would love to add the best to the website. Original, good quality photos that you own (ie that haven't been sent in without someone else's permission) are best. In the past few years we have been sent some great photos from some local people (see archive for the used ones). All photos will be credited with their source.

You can also send us your comments and stories on this year’s carnival; a selection will be published on the website.

Email address is anna_schlenker@hotmail.com (add the subject header 'Hertford Carnival'), or tweet us at @HertCarnival.

If you have a lot of photos you would like to share, we can arrange sharing via another method (DVD, cloud etc) (if you are unfamiliar with these, we will of course talk you through them).

Then watch to see if you appear on the website!

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The procession (n/a)

Unfortunately, due to not enough participants in 2014, future years are also taking place without a procession (see Join the Procession).

If you are unhappy with this, make sure you apply for 2018! 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 to make it viable for costs and spectators. The organising is also mammoth, so please do join the committee if you really object!

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Road closures (n/a)

There will be no road closures as there is no procession.

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For any queries, please contact;
Our general email address; peteraw.rawlings@virgin.net

By telephone;
Peter Rawlings 01992-584846

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At last ...

The wait for Carnival day is nearly over!


Come along and support the town, and make Hertford Carnival a continued success!