Carnival 2023

Dates: Friday 28th July 2023 – Sunday 6th August 2023 inclusive

Carnival 2023 begins in :-

352Days 10Hours 43Mins 03Secs

Dates for your diary


Friday 2nd August – Sunday 11th August 2024 inclusive


To be announced

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 100 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.


Why do we need to raise funds?

Wells Carnival is a not for profit organisation run entirely by volunteers – ‘the Crew’.

The aim of Wells Carnival is to provide affordable entertainment for all and to raise much needed funds for local charitable groups.  The majority of the 10 days of events are either free or charged to cover costs.  Wells Carnival also gives the opportunity for local charitable groups to fund raise for themselves.

Some of the £70,000+ needed, to run Wells Carnival annually, is offset by sponsorship from businesses & individuals (both local and from further afield), pitch fees from stallholders and raffles held at our larger events.  However, there is a significant shortfall which is where we rely on donations.

In addition, each year, we organise a bucket collection, during the Carnival Day Parade, which along with a contribution from Carnival funds, is shared between local charitable groups at our AGM in October. The more we raise the greater the contribution!

How can you help?

You can help by making a donation towards Carnival funds, no matter how big or small, every little helps – thankyou.

There are several ways to make a donation:

Wells Carnival wristbands are back!

Available to purchase for £1.50 each from the lovely ladies in Wells Post Office, Station Road, Wells.  If you would prefer us to pop some in the post please email:  (£1.50 each plus £1.00 P&P – max 20).

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:


Sponsor of Wells Carnival by providing stickers for our event nights

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