Ryde Carnival

Ryde Carnival is an all-inclusive and joyous parade of colour and light marking the end of summer.

We put on three Carnivals each summer from late August into early September. The first Carnival is the afternoon Children’s Carnival, then we have the early evening Main Carnival and finally the late evening Illuminated Carnival, which is the last carnival to be held each year on the Isle of Wight.

All our carnivals are run by volunteers and are FREE to attend. We raise money all year round to put these carnivals on, but if everyone watching put just £1 into a collection bucket we would have all the funding required for the following year.

Ryde Royalty Selection Night 2020

We had a very successful Ryde Carnival Royalty and Entourage Selection Night on Saturday 22nd February 2020, with lots of boys and girls coming along to have some fun and try out for the Float Team and Entourage. Photos of the 2020 Team will follow very soon.

2020 Carnival Dates

Here’s the dates for all the Carnivals taking place across our beautiful Island this summer. Make a note of them in your diary.

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Ryde Carnival AGM 2020

Thanks to everyone who came along to the AGM for Ryde Carnival, which took place on Wednesday 15th January 2020 at The Simeon Arms, Simeon Street, Ryde.

The Committee were elected as follows:

Chair and Collections Officer – Simon Wyatt

Tableau and Safety Officer – Ben Matthews

Vice Chair – Jo Morrison

Royalty Wardrobe and Chaperone – Sarah Matthews

Treasurer – Heidi Allen

Marketing and Processions Officer – Malcolm Ross

Secretary – Claire Brown

Licensing Officer – Brian Treagus

We’re all looking forward to a very successful 2020 and seeing all your wonderful creations coming to life on Ryde’s streets during our fabulous Summer Carnivals. We’ve increased the budget for the Community Grants to help with the costs and to encourage more groups, families and not-for-profit organisations to get involved (recipients of the awards must take part in at least two of our three carnivals).  Information regarding applying for the Community Grants will appear on the website soon.

We’re always looking for any volunteers who are interested in supporting us by helping out, even if you only have an hour to spare. You can contact us via email or message us on Facebook. Ryde Carnival has been run entirely by volunteers for over 100 years and we would love you to be a part of the team.