Clacton Carnival Week 2017

12th – 20th August



Clacton’s fun-packed Carnival Week will soon be here and once again we are asking for your help in publicising this for us. This week of events will entertain local residents and holidaymakers while raising much needed funds for many local charities. 


This year we are back again at Alton Park Junior School for 3 of our outdoor events.  The Donkey Derby and the Carnival Fete and Live Music Event are being held at Alton Park Junior School in Leas Road as well as a Car Boot Sale at the same venue on the first Sunday.


Carnival Week starts with the Carnival Procession on Saturday 12th August and the theme is ‘STORY TIME’. The main beneficiary is the Hospital Hopper Minibus which is a vital link for those people who find it difficult to get to Hospital appointments using public transport.   This is a very worthy cause which has a direct impact on many local people’s lives and we are sure it will be well supported by the public. We also aim to give donations to many other organisations who help us run Carnival Week.


I hope that you will be as generous in publicising all our events as you have been in the past years. If you need any further information, please ring me on Clacton (01255) 426262.





12th - 20th AUGUST


Events Programme 2017




6.00 pm   CARNIVAL  PROCESSION                         Start  West Road Car Park to Victoria Road


The Carnival Procession has a start time of 6pm and follows the usual route straight along the seafront from West Road Car Park to Victoria Road.



The usual excitement, noise and spectacle of a Carnival Procession will include Marching Bands, majorettes, local and national floats, and many visiting Carnival Queens from other towns with the whole Procession being led by our very own Carnival Queen and her Princesses.

The Theme for the Procession is ‘STORY TIME’ which should encourage plenty of spectacular and colourful floats. The main beneficiary is the Hospital Hopper Minibus which needs funds to continue to provide vital transport for local people who find it difficult to access public transport for out-patient appointments at local Hospitals.   This is a very worthy cause which has a direct impact on many local peoples’ lives and we are sure it will be well supported by the public.


For details of how to enter contact Kimberley Primmer on 01255 425004
or go to the Entry Forms  Here




1.00pm  CAR BOOT SALE                          Alton Park Junior School, Leas Road

Charity and Craft Stalls welcome.  Refreshments will also be available. For further information please contact Dennis Barry-Smith on 01255 722506.


Entry:  50p





6.30 pm   DONKEY  DERBY                            Alton Park Junior School, Leas Road


Come and join us for this unique event as featured on BBC Look East a few years ago. There are not many of them taking place in the country now. An event that attracts all ages and gives you an opportunity to have a laugh and a flutter.

This is a fun evening at the Races  Donkey Races! There will be a full card of races with the donkeys being sponsored by local Businesses and Hoteliers.  For the children, there are donkey rides and side-shows.  Refreshments will be available.

 Entry:          Adults: £3.50      Children under 15:  50p    Unaccompanied Child: £2.00     Tote:  £1                   





10.30am  SANDCASTLE  COMPETITION                                              West Beach


A Sandcastle Competition for children up to age 14.  Prizes awarded for best sandcastle in 3 age groups: 6 years and under; 7-9 years; 10-14 years and pairs. There will be a special appearance by SIDNEY, the Pier Mascot.


Entry: £1



An eggstra ordinary and egg-citing event when teams of two people will be provided with an egg and protective clothing. This will include an opportunity to try to break the Clacton Carnival distance record.

 Everyone is welcome to take part. The last pair of people with an unbroken egg will win a £50 cash prize. 

Entry: £4 per team of 2      

7.30pm BEER DIG                          West Beach


Around 100 tokens will be buried in the Sand and, with a spade bought from the Carnival Stall for £2, kids, mums and dads can dig and dig and dig...  If they find a token, it will be exchanged for a selection of prizes including beer and soft drinks, as well as some special prizes.


£2 (inc. spade)


WEDNESDAY 16th August

9am - 12 noon CARNIVAL ADVENTURE GOLF               Greensward Cafe , Martello bay


Come and join in the fun of this new event with Honey the Carnival Bear

 £3 per person



 5.00 pm  CARNIVAL  FETE  AND  LIVE MUSIC EVENT   Alton Park Junior School, Leas Road


An evening of entertainment to amuse the whole family. A new-style Fete with 50 or more side-shows, super tombolas and children’s rides.  A special attraction this year is a full evening of live music on stage.  This will be compered by DJ Krazy Al. Acts performing  include Jamie Timms, Tony Meloy, Lisa Strong and the very popular 4 piece band, The Curves.


There will also be face painting and a story tent for the children.


All stalls are manned by representatives of local charities and organisations and with their help and good weather, it is hoped to raise plenty of money for Carnival Charities.


A variety of refreshments will also be available.


Tickets will be on sale for the Grand Draw, with a chance to win big money prizes, which will be drawn later that evening


Entry: £1      child  50p        Free Parking



2.30 pm   CHILDREN'S  FANCY  DRESS  COMPETITION        St. Jame`s Church Hall Tower Road


A Fancy Dress Competition for children up to age 11 in three different age groups; under 5s; 5 to 7 years; 8 to 11 years and also prizes for the Carnival Theme Story Time.

  There are lots of vouchers to be won courtesy of the Robbie Rascal Party & Play Centre.

 Entry:      Adults: £2.00      Children Free        


8.00 pm   CARNIVAL FUN QUIZ NIGHT                          St. Jame`s Church Hall Tower Road

Local Quizmaster Adrian Robinson has, once again, devised a special fun quiz to tease the brain.  Maximum of 6 people per team and you need to bring your own refreshments.  To book a team please ring Clacton 426262 or enter online on

 Entry: £3.50  per person



SUNDAY 20th August

 9.30am   CARNIVAL HALF MARATHON/FUN RUNS                  Eastcliff  Greensward


Clacton Carnival is holding the Half Marathon and Fun Runs in association with Nice Work

 Starting from the Eastcliff Greensward there is a race for everyone, with a Half Marathon, a 10k run and a Golden Mile for families to take part in, even in fancy dress if they wish.

 Full details : HERE