Horley Carnival 2021 Cancelled
At a recent meeting of the Carnival Committee a decision was taken, with great reluctance, to cancel this year’s Horley Carnival.
An option to look at holding the Carnival on different dates was considered as was a change to the format of the event such as not holding a parade. Neither were considered appropriate and the latter was thought to change the established character of the Carnival, which over the years has proven to be the most popular part of the day.
In the end we were very worried about the ongoing COVID pandemic and the ability to maintain guidance on things such as social spacing, which could still be in effect come the Summer.
We appreciate this decision will come as a great disappointment to many, but the welfare of our residents is paramount in these difficult times. We are in contact with the arena and other acts that we rolled over from last year to attend next year’s Carnival which will take place on Saturday, 18th June 2022.
We look forward to seeing you all in June 2022!
Mike George, Chairman, Horley Carnival Committee
Message from the Horley Carnival Committee:
It with great regret that, in line with current government guidance in respect of the coronavirus on public meetings/mass gatherings, the decision has been taken to cancel this years Horley Carnival. I am sure this will be a great disappointment to many residents and local organisations but we consider their health and wellbeing to be paramount. In these uncertain times it was considered best to cancel entirely for this year rather than try and re-schedule for later in the year. At this time the 2021 carnival will take place on Saturday, 18th June.
The committee will be contacting all parties who were going to participate, or had expressed an interest in doing so, in this years event.
Thank you for your understanding and we hope to see you at next years carnival.
The parade will set off from the Victoria Road car park at 12.30 pm travelling along the same route as previous years. Two of the bands will be performing, before the arrival of the parade, next to Costa Coffee and the pedestrian precinct or the area outside the Post Office dependent upon the work being carried out in the pedestrian precinct.
Judging of the carnival floats will be carried out by the Mayors of Reigate & Banstead and Horley before the parade leaves the Victoria Road car park.
There will be the usual selection of community and commercial stalls along with a range of catering outlets.
Beach’s funfair will be open from the Friday evening and they have kindly organised a firework display which will take place after dark Saturday evening. This will also be free to enter.
New to Horley Carnival in the arena will the Flyte of Fancy Sheepdog Show and an Indian dance group from Crawley whilst in the grounds will be the Kidsroam petting farm and tractor rides.
Team Rubicon will be giving free lessons using scooters/skate boards etc on the skate park. Don’t worry if you do not have some of the equipment which they will supply. Pre-booking is not required just turn up on the day.
Returning will be favourite’s interactive talking cycling characters from Animatronics, Tom’s Talking Reptiles, Owls about Town, Punch and Judy. Appearing for the second year running will be our local Army Reserves both in the parade and in the grounds.
A limited amount of space will be available on the ground for disabled parking but the car park will not be available from the previous evening and Saturday whilst the Carnival is underway.
As in past years this is the result of the hard work over many months by several community groups, assisted by our sponsors, so come along and enjoy the sounds and sights of the Horley Carnival.
If you would like to take part in the Parade or have a stall at the Recreation Ground, please email email@example.com or contact Horley Town Council for an expression of interest form.
Horley Carnival brings together the whole community, attracting thousands of visitors. 2018’s theme was heroes and villains and this saw a colourful parade and floats by local schools, organisations and businesses, well done to all the participants.
2018’s event included four bands, a full programme of arena events including Paws for Thought, a dog display team, the Black Eagle Gymnastics Team, Amazing Animal Encounters, interactive talking cycling characters from Animatronics, reptiles, Owls About Town, Punch and Judy show, stalls and an evening fireworks display sponsored by Beach’s Funfair.
Thanks to the organising team which has comprised Horley Lions, 41 Club, East Surrey Guides, Susy Radio, Horley Town Council, Chamber of Commerce and A Goddard. Also thanks to MAD Ideas marketing & design and our many sponsors who include Gatwick Airport Ltd, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council Councillors and local companies and individuals listed in the ‘thank you‘ page at the back of this year’s Carnival programme; also the numerous local companies who have sponsored the Carnival brochure. Thank you for supporting your Carnival!
Brochure design by community partners MAD Ideas, for more information, see: www.madideas.com
To view 2018’s carnival brochure, click here