Sat 8th June 2024 on the Green

Carnival Day

The Carnival set for 8th June in line with D Day anniversary and is set to be another great day for everyone. The band line-up is set, the fun-fair hired, and many displays and stalls are already booked. 

The Carnival starts from Rectory Close at 12pm with the Green open for all activities at the same time.

We do still have places for additional displays and stalls if you would like to be involved. We already have some floats entered for the parade and there is still time for you to put an your own entry – either as an individual or as a group.

We have an extra treat this year with the “Smoking Apples” theatre company, who will bring innovative puppetry and visual theatre to Woodchurch.

This year we have booked a number of fantastic vendors to tempt you with mouth watering foods – something for everyone.

Keep an eye on social media and the website for updates. Please contact us if you want to be involved or volunteer to assist in anyway.

E-mail: enquiries@woodchurchcarnival.uk

Parade and Floats

Woodchurch Carnival Parade is inclusive to all.  You may be walking alone, in a group or have a float in the form of vehicle mechanically powered or manual powered.

The route is approximately 1.4 miles and around 27 minutes walking time.

The Start point is Rectory Close at 12:00 (midday), marked by blue triangle.

The route passes the two Public Houses (in the past this area has always been a busy view point for spectators).  We then pass the Green for the first time and head towards the garages and Post Office down Front Road.

We will turn left at the junction of Front and Lower Road to head back up towards the Green. This area is perceived to be fairly slow.

As we reach the cross roads by the old Scout Hut another left turn to head up the Green road.  All vehicles will stop adjacent to the Green on the road, whilst those on foot and other manual transportation can move onto the Green.

Click here to find out more about the route

Events on The Green

Fairground attractions, rides & vintage game stalls for adults and children alike to test all your skills!  For those that remember previous Woodchurch Carnivals – ‘ThHorse’ will on the Green to try and test your balancing skills again.   We have tried to set prices so that all can enjoy a lot for a little.   We’re also very lucky to have Dorothea (52 Key Dutch Street Organ) which will be playing near the trampolines.

There will be over 35 stalls displaying & selling local products and talking about local clubs, societies, charities and businesses.

Funfair Rides and Stalls

Enjoy the fun of the fair with a Helta Skelta, Bungee Trampolines, Swing Boats and Children’s rides or try your luck with the range of vintage games and stalls.

The funfair rides only accept pre-paid tokens.

You can purchase these from the designated token table on the day itself.
Each token is £1
14 tokens for £10! (4 free)

Puppet Theatre
Arbor the Tree
by Smoking Apples

Follow Arbor as he strides around the streets, vanishing between trees and emerging with his cart full of tree seeds.

Arbor tells the story of a tree pushed from his home and his fight to preserve his future. Arbor is a visually stunning show with lots of lovable puppets.

Arena Events

1.30pm   Queen’s Military Drums

1.50pm   Woodchurch Morris Men

2.10pm  Tenterden Garden Centre

2.25pm   Kestrel Gymnastics Display

3.05pm   Woodchurch and High Halden school children

3.25pm   Tai Chi

4.20pm   Salsa Dancing

4.30pm   Dog Show

5.05pm   Presentation of Carnival Awards

5.30pm   Raffle Draw 

6pm   Close

Food and Drink

There  will be a wide variety of food and drink on sale throughout the day including:

  • Woodchurch Scouts – Burgers, Hot Dogs
  • Go Four Donuts – Donuts
  • Taco man – Mexican Tacos
  • Belgian Waffles and Ice creams
  • TwoTones Pizza – Pizzas
  • Really Awesome Coffee – Coffee

Join us in the Beer Tent to sample our great selection, or why not pop into the Tea tent for a cup of Tea and slice of delicious home-made cake. Dine-in and take-away options are available.

Music and Entertainment

Relax and listen to great music in the Band Tent.

This year the carnival team are excited to offer an Open Mic opportunity between our incredible live musical acts! If you are able to play acoustically and fancy entertaining the crowds between bands, then this is your time to shine!

Grand Draw Raffle

Why not try your luck in our Grand Draw Raffle drawn at 5:30pm – you could win one of our great prizes!

Raffle tickets cost a £1.00 and will be for sale on the Green during Carnival day.

  • A flight in a RV8 vintage aircraft
  • A return Le shuttle ticket (up to 5 days stay for passengers and car)
  • Ernest Doe Voucher
  • Chapel Down Vineyard and wine tasting ticket for 2
  • Family of 4 travel card on Kent and East Sussex Railway
  • Two course meal for 2 in the Vine, Tenterden
  • Woodchurch vineyard and wine tasting ticket for 2
  • Rare Breeds Centre – a day ticket for family of 4
  • Hook & Hoof Resturant, Tenterden – meal for two
  • The Vine Resturant, Tenterden – meal for two
  • Selection of Mr Doodle Merchandise
  • Three bottle pack of Wayfarer Wine
  • Cash Prize

FUN DOG SHOW

Bring your dog along to the Woodchurch 2024 Carnival “Dog Show” and enter your pet into the competition!  Fun for ALL the family.

Show classes:

  • Best Lookalike (owner & dog most alike)
  • Most Fabulous Fella – Best Male Dog (1 year plus)
  • Loveliest Lady – Best Female Dog (1 year plus)
  • Cool Pup – Best Puppy (6 months – 1 year)
  • Most Fantastic Family (3 or more dogs)
  • Best Rescue Dog
  • Golden Oldie – Best Dog Over 10 years
  • Dog With The Waggiest Tail

The Dog Show will take place at 4.30pm in the Main Arena and entry fee is 50p per dog.

Click here to find out more and to enter your dog (or dogs!)

Parking - on the day

We kindly ask, where possible, that Woodchurch residents who are on the Parade route please try and keep cars off the road and in driveways.

The Parade route will be closed to all vehicles between 12.00 – 1.15pm. There will be no parking around the Green or in the Memorial Hall.

Public parking will be in two designated areas:

Jean Mealham Centre

Lower Road

Woodchurch  TN26 3SQ

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Doctor’s surgery and the field next to the surgery

Front Road

Woodchurch  TN26 3SF

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Sponsors

Thanks to everyone who has sponsored the carnival in 2024!

AND FINALLY...

A big thank you to all the committee members, volunteers, sponsors and all those who have donated to the carnival in any shape and form. It’s been a big effort to get the carnival off the ground in 2024 and we really do appreciate all the help.