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Stowmarket Carnival

12/13/14th July 2024

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Stowmarket Carnival

12th, 13th & 14th July 2024

Stowmarket Carnival is a wonderful family event, providing affordable fun and entertainment for local families. We are busy with the last minute preparations for Carnival 2024, and it’s going to be a good one.

And just like last year, visiting the Carnival is free!

We have a packed programme this year!

And we feature some *NEW* items – like the Friday evening Trail Run starting and finishing on the Recreation Ground, where we will be treated to a *FREE* Concert by the talented Stowmarket Concert Band.

And throughout Sunday there will be other *NEW* activities on the Rec specially for Children, kindly sponsored by Climax Molybdenum, including arts & crafts, circus skills … and a Flea Circus!

Sunday also features the welcome return of our old favourite the Vehicle Show.

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Saturday morning there is a lot of frantic activity as the Procession assembles at Bosch (floats) and Meadlands Social Club (others).  The Procession starts at 12:30pm and makes its way to the Recreation Ground by about 2pm.

And as usual, from Friday evening till Sunday afternoon, the Rec will feature a variety of music acts and a range of sideshows and displays.  There will be craft and charity stalls, and plenty of food and drink stalls too.

The Stowmarket Carnival concludes on the Sunday with the traditional closing Church Service.

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Carnival Procession

The all-important Carnival Procession will take place on the Saturday, led by the Carnival Court, with floats, vehicles, walkers, dancers, singers, and fancy dress galore.

Our theme for 2024 is “Decades”, so from William the Conqueror to the present day, there’s been lots to choose from!

The Procession will leave the Meadlands roundabout around 12:30 on Saturday 13th, going westward through Combs Ford and the town, arriving at the Recreation Ground around 2pm.  

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Take a look at 2023's Stowmarket Carnival images

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What's On?

From Friday evening till Sunday afternoon, the Recreation Ground (the Rec) will feature a variety of music acts and sideshows and displays, a range of craft and charity stalls, and plenty of food and drink stalls too. And the ever-popular Stocks Funfair will also be on the Rec for Carnival weekend.

Meet our 2024 Sponsors

The Stowmarket Carnival is run by a team of unpaid volunteers, and relies heavily on sponsorship and donations of both money and services. Do you run a local business? Your support for this free family event will be very welcome.

Contact us to ask about sponsorship opportunities, or to join our team of volunteers.

Click here to view our Sponsors section.

Your Reviews

Enjoy your Stowmarket Carnival – fun for all the family!

Seeing 1000’s of people coming out of their houses and coming together as a community enjoying the whole weekend together with friends and strangers.

Robert Cunningham


A great opportunity to celebrate Stowmarket, meet new people and to be a royal for a period. It is a great event which makes people happier when watching and it shows the outcome of work done by a group of hard working Carnival team. Also it can show off what’s going on in Stowmarket too.

Sophie Churchyard


Brings Stowmarket back together !!

Helen Jones


A day of fun, hopefully in the summer sun x

Melissa Williams


A time when everyone comes together, and i mean everyone , it’s the most amazing feeling , seeing everyone enjoy the parade xxx

Sharon Hawes


Fun for all the family

Karen Smith


Community Spirit

Meryl Bunce


Family time

Suzi Bloomfield


Childhood memories, families together, fun, smiles, laughs and sore feet from being in the parade marching with Stowmarket Boys’ Brigade Band.

Steph Goodwin


Summer, hot weather, bbq, outdoors fun.

Lauren Cox


Parade, floats, fun

Martin Gray


Stowmarket coming together

Bonnie Scarff Mead


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