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 over 50 years. In fact we are reliably informed that the Carnival, but admittedly not as we know it, since it was only one day or weekend, started in the 1890's. Over the years the event has grown and the carnival committee ‘Crew’ (they wear the fuchsia pink T.shirts) now organise more than 90 events over the 10 days of Carnival.
We endeavour to provide entertainment for all ages from teddy bears picnics for the little ones, costume making workshops, raft race, history walks plus live music over 6 nights and 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.
Official dates are Friday 26th July to Sunday 4th August incl. A draft programme of events will be available to view from around April 2013 on this website.
Carnival 2013 begins in :-
Subject to circumstances beyond our control Wells Carnival will take place:
2014 DATES: Saturday 2nd August to Sunday 10th August incl.
A full programme of events is available to view 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.
In 2009 the Carnival ‘Crew’ took over the running of the annual Wells Christmas Tide. This stunning weekend event takes place at the beginning of December and fits in with the tides. Father Christmas travels from the North Pole by boat and is welcomed to Wells Harbour by an illuminated lantern procession and firework display. Visit our website for more information and photographs from last years event.
New Year's Eve Masked Ball
Wells Carnival Committee will once again be hosting a New Year's Eve Ball at The Maltings, Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AF to see in 2014. With live music, canapes, late supper & fizz. Further information along with ticket availibility will be available later in the year
Wells Carnival photos are taken by our lovely resident photographer Cy – you can’t miss him – he is the ‘Yeti with a camera’ (his words not ours), ‘but fret ye not,’ he doesn’t bite!!! Cy attends just about all our events, snapping away. He then pops home, loads all the photos on the website and sends the information to our local chemist (David Jagger Ltd). These photos can then be purchased by calling into the chemist or can be ordered by post through Cy’s website. To view photos and further information on ordering click here:
Carnival Sponsorship 2013
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 – it doesn't cost a huge amount, in fact you can sponsor a Wells Carnival flag for a minimum donation of just £5.00.
For anyone wishing to advertise in our programme or would like more information on sponsoring individual events please get in touch and we will forward further details.
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 & Wells ChristmasTide but can only carry on if you ALL support our efforts.
To sponsor a Wells Carnival flag (min. donation £5.00 per flag) click on the donate button to the right of the page and follow the instructions – if you would like to nominate a flag for a loved one or business just fill in the details in the ‘special instructions’ section and we’ll do the rest. The flags will be on display in Staithe Street during Carnival week. All sponsors will be entered into a draw to win a meal for 2 (1 entry for every £5 donated)
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 using your credit or Debit card securely using the Paypal Payments gateway.
Alternatively, you can send us a cheque made out to: Wells Carnival and send c/o 46 Waveney Close, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1HT