Residents invited to Carnival Open Meeting

Bradley Stoke Carnival 2013.

With the 2014 Bradley Stoke Carnival now less than six weeks away, residents are invited to attend a Carnival Open Meeting at 7pm tonight (Tuesday 15th July) in the Oak Hall at the Jubilee Centre, where they can find out more about this year’s event.

This year’s ‘International’ themed Community Carnival is on Saturday 23rd August and is shaping up to be a fantastic family fun day. Ten groups have already confirmed their place in the parade and more than half the stall pitches have already been booked. As well as the fun fair and the parade, there will be face painting supplied by Cat’s Whiskers, an ice cream van, kit and classic cars, Freewheelers motorbikes, Chinese Lion dancing, demonstration arena, stalls, live bands on stage and a bar, so bring a picnic and a blanket and spend the afternoon and evening with us enjoying the live music and the carnival atmosphere!

In advance of the Carnival, Bezerkaz Circus will be running Carnival Skills and Big Bubble workshops for local residents of all ages. These are being held on Sundays, July 27th & the 3rd, 10th, and 17th of August, 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm (different themes in am/pm sessions) at the Brook Way Activity Centre and are totally free of charge, so come along and learn some skills to show off in the parade! Pre-booking is not necessary but advance notice to our email address or via the form on our Facebook page would be appreciated.

We hope to see all our local schools join in the parade, so to help support them in this, we have offered them free circus and carnival skills workshops too. These will be run by World Jungle.

Also planned for July is a competition for a Carnival Prince and Princess to lead the parade! To enter, you must live in Bradley Stoke, be between 11 and 16 years of age, and be available on August 23rd in a suitable costume. More information on how to enter will appear soon on our Facebook page but children will need their parents’ permission to enter.

Our thanks go to: Rong, for setting up our Twitter account ‘@BstokeCarnival’; to Tesco, who have kindly donated bottled water for our helpers; and to Bristol Ambulance for providing our first aid cover.

It’s not too late for you or a group you are involved in, to join us. There are lots of opportunities to take part, whether in the parade, demonstration arena, running a stall or helping to marshal. For more information on how you can be involved you can email us at (, download the forms from our Facebook page, (Bradley Stoke Carnival 2014) or you can come along to our Carnival Open Meeting at 7pm on Tuesday July 15th in the Oak Hall at the Jubilee Centre, where you can deliver your booking forms or just ask us any questions you may have.

This article originally appeared in the July 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,450 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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