Shrewsbury set for carnival fun this Saturday

The annual Shrewsbury Carnival and Show takes place this Saturday 15 June, with thousands of people set to enjoy a day of entertainment.

Shrewsbury Carnival’s Royalty Tom – Junior Carnival Crier, Ava – Carnival Queen, Maddi – Carnival Princess with attendants Isla, Elizabeth, Emily and Maisie get ready for Saturday’s event. Photo: Steven Oliver Photography
Shrewsbury Carnival’s Royalty Tom – Junior Carnival Crier, Ava – Carnival Queen, Maddi – Carnival Princess with attendants Isla, Elizabeth, Emily and Maisie get ready for Saturday’s event. Photo: Steven Oliver Photography

The day begins at 10am in Shrewsbury’s Quarry park with entertainment taking place on the Rybrook stage, a funfair and over 40 trade and charity stalls.

The popular town centre parade leaves the Quarry at 2pm with colourful floats, walking groups and entertainers. The parade is led by Martin Wood the Town Crier and Shrewsbury Carnival’s Royalty.

Damian Breeze, one of the organisers, said: “We’ve got a great line-up of entertainment on stage and in our arena this year. From local theatre and dance groups to local band Effervescent, Rock Project and vocal duo Matt and Gemima, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

“The parade is also set to be one of our biggest in years with over 30 entries including local young farmers.”

Other attractions in the Quarry include a funfair, trade and charity stalls, a miniature steam railway and activities for children.

“Kate Fejfer, stalls coordinator, said: “There are over 40 stalls set to be with us on the day ranging from local traders to freshly prepared food and drink vendors as well as local charities and organisations.

“This year we also see the welcome return of the Whitfield Light Railway, a 10.25″ gauge portable miniature steam railway which proved very popular last year. We also have plenty of other activities for children.”

Simon Cook, Shrewsbury Carnival and Show Chairman, is looking forward to the day.

“Our small but dedicated team of volunteers work hard throughout the year to put on a fantastic day each year. For 2019 we have chosen not to have a theme for the parade and left it up to the imagination of entrants to choose their own.

“It will be really exciting to see what the entrants come up with, the floats are always fantastic to see with people spending hours designing and making props.

“We are also looking forward to seeing everyone visit us in the Quarry to enjoy the show aspect of the day.”

Supporting the Community

Throughout the day visitors to the event can make a donation which goes towards helping local charities and community organisations.

Last year’s parade raised around £2,000 which was added to other money raised through sponsorship and donations.

Shelley Oliver, Carnival Secretary said: “Shrewsbury carnival is a great day of free entertainment, thanks to the support of local businesses. However, we do accept donations which goes into a fund that local charities can then apply for an amount of to support their cause.

“The ones that are chosen are then invited to attend a presentation evening where they will receive their donation and we also get to hear about all of their wonderful work.”

Road Closures

The following roads will be closed at 1.30pm on Carnival Day to allow the parade procession pass through the town centre.

Victoria Avenue, Victoria Quay, Smithfield Road, Castle Gates, Castle Street, St Mary’s Street, Dogpole, High Street, Shoplatch, Bellstone, Barker Street, Bridge Street, Roushill and Raven Meadows.

There will be no access over the Welsh Bridge into town and traffic will be stopped at the sorting office in Castle Foregate. The only traffic allowed past the closure at the English Bridge gyratory will be for access to businesses in Wyle Cop or to travel along town walls.

The roads will re-open as soon as the parade has reached the Quarry Park and safety checks completed.

Chris Pritchard
Chris Pritchard is Editor of Shropshire Live and lives in Shrewsbury. You can contact Chris by emailing or call 01743 818 095.
- Advertising -

Featured Articles

Summer in Shropshire

Things to do this Summer in Shropshire

There is so much going on across Shropshire this Summer, here are some events and things to do to get you out and about across our county.
Shrewsbury Flower Show Marquee

Shrewsbury Flower Show: Severn and Dingle marquees are blooming marvellous!

Stunning floral creations are very much the norm at Shrewsbury Flower Show but many people still may not know the horticultural works of art they lovingly care for and nurture at home can become an integral part of the event.
Burwarton Show 2019

Burwarton Show 2019 is a day for all the family

Thursday 1st August is the Burwarton Show 2019, a local event not to be missed with plenty to see and do for all ages.
Black Watch stern, Naeroyfjord, Norway

Escorted tours and cruises provide a great opportunity

This year, Worldchoice Travel Shrewsbury will be celebrating its 3rd Year of escorted cruise groups, departing from Shrewsbury. Black Watch Cruise Ship Escorted tours and cruises provide great opportunity...
Shrewsbury Castle

Archaeologists begin excavation at Shrewsbury Castle

An excavation has begun at Shrewsbury Castle after what appears to be walls buried by rubble, and possibly even a square tower were discovered during a geophysics survey.
High value bicycles were stolen

High value bicycles and power tools stolen in Bridgnorth

High value bicycles and power tools have been stolen during overnight burglaries in Bridgnorth.

Five injured in single vehicle collision in Muxton

Five people were injured following a collision in Muxton on Friday night.

Former Shrewsbury Town loanee Blades return in doubt

Former Shrewsbury Town loanee Dean Henderson may not be returning to recently promoted Sheffield United.
Bryan Jones, Shropshire’s chairman of selectors, wants Shropshire to start climbing the Western Division table

Shropshire’s cricketers seeking positive reaction against Cornwall at Bridgnorth

Chairman of selectors Bryan Jones wants Shropshire’s cricketers to respond positively as they target a first Unicorns Championship victory of the season.
Shrewsbury-born Jack Shantry has been granted a testimonial by Worcestershire in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the club over the last decade

James Taylor and Nick Hancock to be guest speakers at Jack Shantry’s testimonial dinner

James Taylor and presenter Nick Hancock will be guest speakers at Jack Shantry’s testimonial dinner at Wrekin College in September.
- Advertising -
Marches Growth Hub chairman Paul Hinkins and colleagues launch the £10million Growth Challenge

£10million Growth Challenge launched at packed funding summit

Businesses across Shropshire have been challenged to claim every last penny of a £10million funding pot designed to help drive growth and create jobs.
Shropshire construction businesses gather for SCE Meet the Buyer event at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

Construction businesses urged to become community champions

Businesses within the Shropshire construction sector have been told that becoming community champions will bolster their success when it comes to winning contracts for public sector projects.
Pictured from left, Maggie Duggan of Newport in Bloom, Sharon Taylor of Galliers Homes, Karen Claxton of Newport in Bloom and Paul Skitt, who was responsible for the planting the two planters

Galliers boost for Newport in Bloom

Family-owned building company Galliers Homes is helping Newport to look more colourful this year by getting involved in the town’s floral campaign.
The tiered herbaceous borders – a safe haven for many perennials and delicate plants

Goldstone Hall Hotel Gardens open for the National Garden Scheme

Goldstone Hall Hotel near Market Drayton is to open its gardens to the general public in support of the National Garden Scheme.
Museum of The Moon by Carolyn Eaton

Fundraising dinner set to be out of this world

Take part in a truly out of this world experience and dine in the shadow of the moon at a major fundraising event in the county later this year.
Willie and Sam (Men in Sheds) with Mayor Stephen Reynolds and Wayne Gethings

Walled garden reinvented in Madeley

An open day took place this week to show off a newly reinvented garden in Madeley.
- Advertising -
Lorrie Brown (left) pictured with her National Tribute and Music Award presented for her career and her charity work off stage

‘Sincerely Yours. The Vera Lynn Story’ returns to Theatre Severn

Lorrie Brown returns to the Walker Theatre in Shrewsbury with her show ‘Sincerely Yours. The Vera Lynn Story’ this November.

Relive the 1970s with T.Rextasy at Theatre Severn this September

Relive the good old days of the 1970s when T.Rextasy, presented by Sweeney Entertainments, heads to Theatre Severn this September.
Joining the workshop is Lucyelle Cliffe, known for performing in Les Misérables, Legally Blonde and the critically acclaimed Wicked

Face2Face Performance Academy welcome stars from the West End

Face2Face Performance Academy are set to host a three-day workshop with stars from the West End.
The Castle Hotel beer garden in Bishop’s Castle

The Castle Hotel in top ten beer gardens in the UK

The Castle Hotel in Bishop’s Castle has been named in a list of top ten best beer gardens in the Guardian.

Explore Shrewsbury’s award-winning Market Hall this summer

Explore Shrewsbury's award-winning Market Hall this summer and find amazing produce, cool places to eat and drink, unique art, handcrafts and more.
The Railwayman’s Arms at Bridgnorth

Severn Valley Railway pub achieves quality ale award

Staff at popular Severn Valley Railway pub The Railwayman’s Arms at Bridgnorth are celebrating this week after scooping a prestigious award for the quality of their beer.
- Advertisment -

Featured Articles


clear sky
18.1 ° C
19.4 °
16.1 °
77 %
0 %
25 °
24 °
26 °
22 °
14 °
- Advertisment -
- Advertisment -

Latest Articles

- Advertisment -