Carnival fun for villagers

Ambergate Carnival.
Ambergate Carnival.

Revellers will be heading to Ambergate next month – as the village hosts its 30th anniversary carnival.

This year’s event, on Saturday, July 9, will have an animal theme.

A procession of people in fancy dress will parade through the village at 1.30pm to the recreation ground, led by this year’s carnival royalty – king George Sutton and queen Amy Blackwell, who are pupils at Ambergate Primary School.

The official opening ceremony will be on the recreation ground at 2pm by a Captain Jack Sparrow look-alike from Pirates of the Caribbean.

The afternoon will include a packed programme of family fun with archery lessons and a climbing wall available.

Dance troupe Folk Friendzy will be performing and stalls will be on offer.

The event will also include a chance to get up close and personal with exotic animals such as racoons, meerkats, snakes lizards and creepy crawlies and a falconry display will be taking place.

There will be a beer tent and food available to buy throughout the day, which will end with a family disco.

A raffle will also be held with a chance to win £50.

Vice-chairman Kate Pierce said: “Last year’s carnival was really successful. We are hoping for a good turnout this year and keeping our fingers crossed for nice weather. A lot of organising has gone in to this year’s event.”

In the run up to the carnival, a family sports event will be taking place on Sunday, July 3, at the recreation ground from 2pm to 4pm.

The event will include children’s races and an informal dog show.

On Thursday, July 7, a general knowledge quiz will take place at St Anne’s Church Hall, from 7.30pm. Teams are invited to come along on the night. Wine and beer will be served.