Author: Mark

Thank You

What a fantastic Carnival it has been! And so many people to thank for helping to make it a cracking day for Evesham and the people. It really is wonderful to see the community pulling together to create amazing floats, have such fun and celebrate our glorious town.

Vale of Evesham Round Table would like to thank our supporters for their continued support, without them, the Carnival simply wouldn’t happen, so our thanks go to Karndean Design Flooring (Principle Sponsor), A-Plan Insurance, Tesco,Evesham Town Council, Wychavon District Council, Tesco, Morrisons, Vale Family Magazine, Listers Volkswagen and Brandon Tool Hire.

Headed up by Mark Johnson (Evesham Round Table Vice-Chairman), the Carnival Committee have worked tirelessly once again over the past year to put the event together.

We would also like to thank Pat and Brian Marshall for their ongoing support both prior to the event and on the day itself, Thanks also to Gordon Eames for his work organising the Marshalls and the layout of the site, Nick Kilby for the audio systems he supplied and looked after on the day and Joseph Jones for the market and charity stalls.

Finally, a massive Thank you and Well Done to the guys from Evesham Round Table and 41 Club and the girls from Evesham Ladies Circle.

The drawing competition was a popular addition to Carnival this year, the creativity and quality of the drawings was superb. The following winners were selected by the Chairman of Ladies Circle and their prizes issued on the day:

5-8 yrs: Ava Sadler
9-12 yrs: Emma Maria Smith
13-15 yrs: Elise Alberry

Thank you to Chris and Diane Phillips of TMWI Ltd for the generous prizes.

The winners of this years Best Float competition was also a difficult decision. The judges were extremely impressed by the creativity and thought that had gone into the very colourful and very musical floats! Evesham Round Table Chairman Stuart Gilbert, Councillor Mark Goodge and County Councillor John Smith OBE awarded the following:

1st Place: The DeMontfort School
2nd Place: Vale of Evesham School
3rd Place: Evesham Adventure Playground

But a huge well done to everyone who took part!

We really hope you enjoyed the 2017 Carnival and we look forward to seeing you all again soon!

If you are aged 18 – 45 and are interested in finding out about what else Round Table and Ladies Circle do throughout the year, drop us a message!

2017 is in full swing

You may have noticed some changes to the website recently! Preparations for the 2017 carnival are now in full swing, and more information will be added as we get it.

Carnival parking

If you’re coming to the carnival this Saturday (and we hope you all are!), then please be aware that there will be no public parking on Crown Meadow. Vehicle access to the meadow will be strictly for parade participants, traders, caterers, etc. Please respect this as it’s important, for safety reasons, that we remain in full control of vehicles on the meadow.

Unfortunately, the resurfacing of Viaduct Meadow car park means that the nearest alternative is also unavailable. With that in mind, we suggest the following options:

The Leisure Centre car park is 50p for two hours, £3 for three hours and £4 for seven hours. This is the closest available car park to Crown Meadow.

Riverside Centre multi-storey car park, accessed from Monks Walk at the bottom of Bridge Street (via Workman Bridge), is £1 all day. But be aware that this closes at 6:30pm, so if you plan to stay for the evening entertainment you’ll need to go elsewhere!

Old Brewery Car Park, accessed from Merstow Green or Bewdley Street, is £1 an hour up to three hours, or £4 all day, and is only a short walk from the meadow (under ten minutes via Abbey Park). This is also very convenient if you want to watch the parade through the town centre.

Hampton Ferry, at the end of Boat Lane, is £2 a day and is a pleasant riverside walk (approximately ten minutes) to Crown Meadow. This is also a good “park and walk” option for parents of small children as the path to Crown Meadow is entirely flat and doesn’t cross any roads.

If you would prefer to park for free, then we have been given permission to use the South Worcestershire College car park on Davies Road. This is also around a ten minute walk from Crown Meadow.

Alternatively, if you live in the town, then just walk or cycle. It’s healthier for you, and better for the environment! 


It’s almost here…

Only a couple of days to go now, the weather forecast is looking good and we’ve got the schedule up on the website. Everything is set for a great day on Crown Meadow and around the town.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Preparations well under way

We know it’s been a long time since the last post on this website, so here’s a brief update on how things stand…

We’re now taking bookings for trade and charity stalls on the meadow at the carnival. We hope to have an application form here on the website shortly, but in the meantime if you leave us a message on our Facebook page then someone will get back to you promptly.

The Vale First Food Festival will also be taking place at the same time as the carnival, so as well as lots of fun and entertainment there will also be lots of lovely food and drink!

Talking of drink, it’s now been confirmed that the Fleece Inn – sorry, the award-winning Fleece Inn – will again be providing the beer tent. So you can be sure of top quality ale and cider to refresh your thirst throughout the day.

It isn’t too late to enter a float into the carnival parade, although most of the HGVs that we are providing have already been allocated so if you want one then you need to get in touch quickly. But there will always be space for any group who wants to provide their own transport, or enter a walking float. We’d particularly like to encourage more of the smaller floats – the car and trailer type – this year as they’re a great way for smaller organisations, or groups of family and friends, to participate without the need to decorate a whole HGV.

We’e taken on board all the comments from last year’s event, and done our best to make improvements based on the feedback. One thing we know a lot of you will appreciate is that there will be additional toilets on the meadow on carnival day! The funfair will be bigger, with more of an emphasis on rides aimed at children and teenagers.

We’re still putting together the programme of entertainment for the day at the moment, so we can’t tell you just yet who’s going to be appearing. But we are certain that you’ll love it! Watch this space for more news soon.

Finally… the Evesham Carnival is entirely a volunteer-run event, supported by the Vale of Evesham Round Table and other local organisations. We’re grateful that Karndean will again be our main sponsor, but we still have plenty of opportunities for other local businesses to provide sponsorship. There will also be advertising opportunities in the carnival programme. If you want to be involved in making this year’s carnival an event to remember, then please get in touch via email to