Ryde Carnival 2021 Cancellation

It’s with great sadness and after much deliberation, that we have decided for a second year running that we are going to have to cancel all three Ryde Carnivals. Although things seem to be heading in the right direction we feel we won’t be able to meet the safety measures that would be required for such a large event.
All we can do at this present time is to hope that we keep moving in the right direction so that next year we can come back bigger and better than ever, and do what we love doing which is entertaining everyone in Ryde and across the Island.
 Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years especially Ryde Town Council. Many small businesses have shown us and other local events great support each year, so let’s repay them by shopping locally now they have reopened.
Ryde Carnival will be back bigger and better than ever in 2022!

Why not consider joining our happy band of volunteers and help make Ryde Carnival 2022 a year to remember. Please contact us via email at rydecarnival@talktalk.net or message us on the Ryde Carnival facebook page

Take care and stay safe.


Ryde’s Carnivals

Ryde’s Carnivals are all-inclusive and joyous parades 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.

Childrens Carnival
Main Carnival
Illuminated Carnival







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! Here is a breakdown of the year’s events.

Please note that we do not discriminate against boys being involved, whether it’s as Royalty or as a member of the Entourage. We have had boys on and behind our float for many years now and we fully embrace equality.

January – we hold our annual AGM to elect our committee and discuss all our plans for the year including the float and Royalty theme.

February – this is the month in which we hold the Ryde Carnival Royalty Selection Night. A fun evening of dancing and getting to know each other. At the end of the evening, all the Royalty are selected along with the Entourage.

March-June – this is a really important, but fun part of the year. There are regular rehearsals where all the dances to each song are taught and bit-by-bit the group comes together as a unified whole.

July-September – Carnival Season begins! There are usually 18 or more Carnivals at which Ryde Carnival Royalty performs and entertains the crowds over the summer months. During this long season, many of the Royalty and Entourage will be moved around so they can have the experience of being on the float and also as part of the dance crew (or Entourage) that extends our party atmosphere well beyond the back of the float!

October-December – We normally have fun and exciting activities for the Royalty and Entourage to say thank you for all the hard work they’ve put in during the year. However, the year is not quite done until we’ve visited Littlehampton for their Bonfire Night, which is magical.

So what do you think? Sound like fun?

Each year we have a diverse group of kids and many of them come back year after year. We see really confident kids who are just born to perform and less confident kids who flourish in this supportive group environment. If you love dancing, party atmospheres, and making friends why not have a whole summer of them by coming along to the next Ryde Carnival Selection Night?