The Spirit of the Carnival

The Spirit of the Carnival award has returned this year!

This award was created by local family-owned Island pubs, working together, to help support the traditional Island Carnivals.

The pubs are happily donating 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes for The Spirit of the Carnival.

“We are pleased to be able to support and encourage those participating in this much-loved tradition.”

To be eligible for one of the prizes you need to take part in both the Main Carnival and the Illuminated Carnival.

Check out the Carnival dates and fill out the Carnival Entry Form today!

After the Carnivals, why not pop into The Bargeman’s Rest, Newport; The Spyglass Inn, Ventnor; The Steamer Inn, Shanklin; or The Dairyman’s Daughter in the beautiful countryside of Arreton. You’ll be sure of great food, a wide selection of drinks and a warm welcome.

The perfect end to a great Carnival evening

The Ryde Carnival Community Grant Page is Now Live

If you are planning on joining us in this year’s Ryde Carnivals, why not apply for a Ryde Carnival Community Grant.


To be eligible you must be;

1. A family/friends group, a school or any other not-for-profit group


2. You must participate in both the Main and the Illuminated Carnivals

If you fit both criteria then you can apply for a Community Grant (usually between £50 & £150) to help with the cost of creating your entry.

We look forward to hearing about your creations.

The Ryde Carnival Online Entry Form is Live

The Ryde Carnival Entry Form is now live allowing you to submit your entries for this year’s carnivals.

It helps us enormously when people submit the online Ryde Carnival Entry Form because it allows us time to organise the procession in greater detail and helps prevent music clashes and similar entries from being too close.

Don’t forget you can also apply for a Ryde Carnival Community Grant to help with the costs of your build.

We look forward to seeing your creations in September.

Sign up for the Ryde Carnival Newsletter

Introducing the all-new Ryde Carnival Newsletter for those of you who are tired of always missing out on what’s going on with Ryde Carnival.

All you have to do is sign up for the Ryde Carnival email Newsletter.

It’s jam-packed with useful information about upcoming events.

It’s THAT easy!

Island Carnival Memories

A wonderful website has been set up to show the memories of people who have been around the Island Carnivals for a very long time and it’s called Island Carnival Memories

A collection of reminiscences, stories and photographs contributed by Isle of Wight carnival people in a fascinating Oral History project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It aims to share and celebrate the Island’s rich carnival heritage that has defined our popular culture for more than a century.

A Year in the Life of Ryde Carnival Royalty

Ever wondered what is involved in becoming a member of the Ryde Carnival Royalty? Well, wonder no more! Click on the picture below to find out.