Swanage Carnival has been running for over 200 years and until last year, we had not had to cancel the full event since the second world war. Disappointing as it was to cancel last year’s Carnival due to the pandemic, we are just one of the many events that have been cancelled and we know that at some point we will hold our next event, we just don’t when.
Whilst we have not been able to continue with some of our usual commitments, our volunteers have been busy helping other organisations, such as the Rotary Club of Swanage and Purbeck over the Christmas period.
Ever the optimists whilst remaining positive, planning for Carnival 2021 started last year. Our volunteers have been in touch with entertainers, musicians and sponsors to plan for our next event, but it will be some time before we know if the event can go ahead. We hope to be able to make a confirmed decision in the spring.
We also appreciate that due to the economic downturn caused by the pandemic, many of our sponsors will not be in a position to support us as they usually would. As a self-funded event, without the generous support from all our sponsors and the attendance of all our supporters, we will not be able to fund our Carnival week. If we have insufficient funds to cover the cost of putting on Carnival this will jeopardise the running of our event in the future, and we want to avoid this risk, so we are appealing to any business or individuals who would like to sponsor an event or to advertise or sponsor our carnival cups, please get in touch.
Whenever our next Carnival is held, you can be sure it will be full of entertainment, excitement and fun. Our enthusiastic volunteers are still working hard to plan ahead, sourcing new events and creating new activities. More importantly we continue to consider how to operate with any potential restrictions that may be in place to ensure we run a safe event, when the time comes.
We are lucky to have such great support from our local community and from further afield. Keep safe and well and we look forward to seeing you all at our next Carnival when we hope to be back stronger, bigger, brighter and even louder than ever!
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