Hot off the press Swanage Carnival programme hits the streets

Posted on 24th July, 2023

Always eagerly anticipated, the Swanage Carnival programme with all the details of the events for 2023 is now on sale and it’s had a complete redesign.

The biggest event in the Swanage calendar and one of the largest in Dorset, takes place over eight days from Saturday 29th July to Saturday 5th August 2023.

The programme reveals all the new events including carnival beer pong – like ping pong but with cups and beer, a ‘we’re a knockout’ tournament for some team fun in the showground, and the band Wildboys which is new to Swanage Carnival and who will be closing the week on the marquee stage.

Back for 2023 are the carnival classics including firework displays over three evenings, the seafront procession and the not-to-be-missed wheelbarrow race, alongside a daily live music programme including the chilled out EHM house music event on Prince Albert Gardens.

Oh and who could forget Granny Tourismo – the two ladies who go out with their shopping trolleys and somehow always end up getting caught up in all the carnival excitement.

Some other popular events from past years are returning like the AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers Air display and the carnival zip line. The organisers are also bringing back the fire engine pull, where teams of 10 attempt to pull a 12 tonne fire engine along Swanage seafront.

All the full details are in the carnival programme with a new simplified layout and stylish ‘at a glance’ pages.

Becky Mack from the Swanage Carnival team said:

“It was all change for our programme this year, as we’ve brought the production and design completely in house.

“Knowing that we had a huge task ahead, we started work on the programme at the end of last year with the hope of being able to make it available a little earlier than usual.

“This has been a great team effort, with carnival volunteers busy planning the week’s events, writing and proofreading copy for the events, securing advertising and sponsorship, designing the layout and of course integrating our ‘Under the Sea’ theme.

The programme cover draws inspiration from the carnival theme ‘Under the Sea’ which celebrates 2023 as the Year of the Coast, as well as marking the release of the Disney film The Little Mermaid.