What’s it all about

Wells-next-the-Sea in the heart of North Norfolk enjoys a traditional summer Carnival for residents and visitors. A week of family fun and events including a Carnival Day procession around the town featuring floats, fancy-dress, pull-and push-along vehicles and much more. Traditional seaside activities include a sand-castle competition, town crier competition, gillying on the quay and the crowning of the Carnival Royals.

A bit of history …

Wells Carnival is a not-for-profit organisation run by a team of hardworking volunteers who live in or near the town of Wells-next-the-Sea, on the beautiful North Norfolk coast. The event has been taking place annually at the beginning of August for well over 90 years. The Carnival, which was originally known as the Wells Regatta was just a one day event and the earliest programme we have is for Saturday 24th July, 1926 (unless you have an earlier one). Over the years the event has grown and the carnival committee ‘Crew’ (they wear the fuchsia pink T.shirts) now organise more than 100 events over the 10 days of Carnival.

We endeavour to provide entertainment for all ages: a teddy bears picnic for the little ones, raft race and funrun for the energetic plus painting and sandcastle competitions for the artistic. We also put on history walks and various workshops plus live music over 6 nights along with the ever popular Screen on the Green. The event culminates on the 2nd Saturday with the main Carnival event, including fancy dress competitions, a parade around the town and a spectacular music event in the evening.

Carnival 2019 AGM


Click the image above to read the Chairman’s Report

Carnival 2020

Carnival 2020 begins in :-

282Days 16Hours 12Minutes 59Seconds

Future dates

Subject to circumstances beyond our control Wells Carnival will take place:

2020 DATES: – Friday 31st July to Sunday 9th August incl

2021 DATES: – Friday 30th July to Sunday 8th August  incl


A full programme of events is available to view on our About Carnival page approx 4 weeks prior to the Carnival Week – but it is worth checking regularly as information is added on a weekly basis, as and when events are confirmed

During the parade, on Carnival Day itself, there is a bucket collection (authorised buckets are clearly marked).  This money is divided among local charities and organisations at our AGM held in October.

Dressing up is 100% encouraged – in fact the more outrageous and flamboyant the better.  We have themes running throughout the week so check the programme of events for more information.


The majority of events throughout the 10 days are either free or of minimal charge to offset some of the costs.

The ‘Crew’ relies on sponsorship, advertising and bucket collections throughout the week to cover the cost of putting on all the events – so if you come along to join in the fun please make sure you put a few quid in the collection buckets.  If you can’t find a bucket you can always leave a donation at the Wells Carnival merchandise tent. or you can donate from this web site with your credit or Debit card securely using the Paypal Payments gateway.

Carnival Sponsorship

A major part of the Carnival’s success is the unstinting and continued support of not only the Wells people and businesses, but also from our visitors from further afield.

To make a success of Carnival requires extensive sponsorship and fund raising so that as many people as possible are catered for and to ensure that we offer a great week’s entertainment. We would like to ask that everyone considers sponsoring, even if it’s just a small part of the week long event.

For anyone wishing to advertise in our programme or would like more information on sponsoring individual events please contact us or visit our Get Involved page.

We are finding it more expensive than ever to put on a good show and we hope that everyone who takes advantage of the free events on offer will pop a few pounds in the collection buckets to ensure we can repeat the event in the years to come. The committee are all volunteers, don’t receive a penny for the 1000’s of hours spent organising and running Wells Carnival but can only carry on if you ALL support our efforts.


Make a donation on-line using PayPal or your credit/debit card by clicking the button below.

Alternatively, you can send us a cheque made out to: Wells Carnival Ltd and send c/o Angles, 7 Invaders Court, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1JW

Car Stickers

Wells Carnival have on offer Wells-next-the-Sea car stickers. These will be on sale during Carnival week, from our merchandise stall, with all proceeds going directly towards funding the event.
If you can’t wait ‘till then just send us a cheque (payable to Wells Carnival Ltd.) for £1.00 per sticker plus a S.A.E. to:

Wells Carnival Car Sticker,
c/o Angles, 7 Invaders Court
Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1JW

(please make sure you enclose a stamped, addressed envelope plus a note indicating which sticker you would like – ‘crabs’ or ‘love’).
Alternatively make a donation (click on the Donate button above) for a minimum of £2.00 (to incl. P & P) and we will pop in the post to you. Additional stickers £1.00 each.
Don’t forget to state which sticker you would like – if you forget just email through a message to: wellscarnival@live.co.uk