With 10 days filled with family friendly amusements including children’s fancy dress competitions, a teddy bear’s picnic and a fun fair in Chadwell Park, the Carnival should be at the top of every family’s summer to do list this year.
Launched by the Mayor of Southend on 7 August, the festival runs for 10 days, before it finishes with the Southend SummerCare Carnival Procession on Saturday, 16 August.
This year, the fun fair has an even greater selection of rides; a mini rollercoaster, a haunted house, a waltzer and of course, a traditional horse carousel. There will also be a secret thrill ride at the fair.
The Mayor, Cllr Chris Walker, spoke kindly of the Southend SummerCare Carnival as he opened the event, saying: “I’m glad these fantastic carnival events are here for another year in Southend as they are great for the community!”
This year’s carnival is supported by local care provider SummerCare for another year, along with others such as Rossi, Swan Creative and VIP Security Services.
Dr Raja, Managing Director of SummerCare says: “For the first time at the carnival procession there will be an accessible viewing area on the seafront hosted by SummerCare, which will allow people with visual impairments and other disabilities to safely attend the exciting event.”
Southend Carnival will come to an end on Saturday, 16 August with a spectacular finale procession, which goes along the seafront, leaving Southchurch Park at 7.45pm. This procession is free to watch and is always a great end to the carnival.
The newly crowned Queen Lauren Green, 17, from Eastwood, will be leading the procession along with Princess Bethany Gray, 13, from Southend and Princess Courtney Cook, 14, also from Southend.
The procession is open for anyone to enter. You don’t even need a float – walking groups are welcome too. This is a great opportunity for local groups, families, businesses and clubs.
If you are interested in getting involved, email [email protected].
The Southend SummerCare Carnival Fun Fair is open daily in Chalkwell Park between 2pm – 10.30pm. The fair is in Southend until Saturday, 16 August.
by Abigail Lofthouse