Carnival 2021

Carnival 2021: – cancelled due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic.

The 2019 programme of events is available to VIEW HERE – – A draft programme for 2021 will be available to view from late April 2021


Floats and Fancy Dress – A guide to the times, judging classes and costume workshops is available to anyone who wants to take part.

Live Music Events – During the week the committee organise approx 6 evenings of live music at different venues around the town. We endeavour to provide a wide range of music to appeal to people of all ages and tastes and in the past have included a Wild West evening, a Beach Party, Classical Music and various Tribute Groups

Food & Craft Day –held on the Buttlands and is a summer fair packed with stalls offering food from around the world and closer to home, plus crafts and entertainment.

Sandcastle & Sand Sculpture Competition – Taking place on Wells Beach, this event is very much dependant on the tides and is open to all ages.

Teddy Bears Picnic – For the under 6’s – bring a picnic, a teddy or a special toy and a grown-up and follow the trail through the woods to the clearing. Set out your picnic and enjoy the entertainment.

Gillying Competition – Taking place by the Harbour Office, use your skills with a crab line and bait to see how many gillys (crabs) you can catch in a given time.

Carnival Day & Evening – The 2nd Saturday of Carnival week brings Carnival Day itself. The event takes place on the Buttlands and includes stalls, entertainment, fancy dress competitions along with the famous Carnival Parade around the town. There is then live musical entertainment in the evening bringing the day to a close.

Some of the other events throughout the week will include: Bingo, Craft Fairs, Carnival Bike Ride, Children’s Painting Competition and Classical Music on the Buttlands.

All the events during Carnival week are either free of charge or of minimal cost to cover expenses. The committee are all volunteers and rely on donations from members of the public to ensure the continuation of the Carnival. We endeavour to repeat old favourites and bring in new and exciting entertainment each year. So please make sure you pop a pound in our collection bucket when you come to an event. If everyone who came to Wells Carnival gave us just £5.00, who knows who we could get to perform next year!!!!!!!

North Norfolk Radio

North Norfolk Radio regularly supports Wells Carnival.

Throughout the carnival itself they broadcast regular updates of what is happening and where – so keep your radios tuned to 96.2 and 103.2 FM for all the latest carnival information and some great music too!