Swanage Carnival is ready to sprinkle some magic over the town

Posted on 13th July, 2022

Once upon a time there was a fantastic carnival in Swanage, and now it’s time to welcome you back to our event and hope you have a great time and live happily ever after!

Never before has our event had to be cancelled for two successive years.  The last cancellation was a one off due to Word War II.  Despite the event not running for two years, our work has continued throughout this time, and we are looking forward to the fantastic fun and laughter that only carnival brings to Swanage for 8 full days!

With our ‘Once Upon a Time’ theme we hope to sprinkle some fairytale magic over the week.  New events, new music, new website, we’ve been working hard to make this year extra special.

An aerobatic air display by Rich Goodwin will set off our famous Carnival Procession, Dinosaurs will be stomping around our arena showing visitors what walked over our Jurassic Coast millions or years ago, three fantastic firework displays will light up the night skies, the only flying RAF Lancaster Bomber will be roaring overhead to close our week and music will fill the air day and night.  These are just a few of the more than 100 events that will fill the week.

The opening day’s events, including Children’s fun races, Sussex Steel Band, The Bubble Wizard and Bubblina and The Black Eagles acrobatic display team are all sponsored by Barratt Homes, which is building the Compass Point development in Swanage.

Barratt Homes is pleased to be involved with the Carnival as it returns from its two-year break.

Anthony Dimmick, Barratt Homes’ Community Liaison Officer, said: “Swanage Carnival is a huge event that really brings the area to life – and we know that it’s a key part of the calendar for the community too. Having been on hold for two years due to the pandemic, Barratt Homes is pleased to support the Carnival for its 2022 return and come back with a bang!”

Carnival chairperson Maria Foot said “Carnival costs over £200,000 to put on and this money is all raised by the volunteers who organise and run carnival.  After the last few years we are very conscious that many of our sponsors and supporters have suffered financially during these difficult times, and yet, I have been heartened by how many in our local community have committed to sponsoring us this year helping to ensure we can go ahead.

It is always our hope to cover costs and give to our chosen charities from any proceeds that we make.   This year my chosen charity is Swanage Hospital Stanley Purser Ward.  Our local hospital is a vital resource and any money raised for this cause will go directly to the ward.  We also continue to give to our annual charities the Swanage Stroke Club and the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, along with 17 other local chosen charities.”

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