Ryde Carnival Cancellation

Ryde Carnival has been monitoring the Covid-19 developments and following Boris Johnson’s announcement on Sunday May 10th it has become abundantly clear that we would not be able to put on our Carnivals and Week of Events and ensure the social distancing that would be required for the safety of participants, spectators and volunteers. Consequently Ryde Carnival’s committee has made the painful decision to cancel this years Carnivals and events.

We are planning on doing some form of parade once larger gatherings are permitted, so keep watching this space! In the meantime we will be uploading puzzles and activities to help keep you entertained.

We share the disappointment with our Carnival Royalty who were chosen back in February long before the lockdown came into effect. They will be unable to fulfill their dreams this year, however they have agreed to retain their roles for 2021, and we thank them for their patience and their commitment to Ryde Carnival.

 Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years especially Ryde Town Council. Many small businesses have shown us great support each year, let’s repay them by shopping locally when they reopen.

Ryde Carnival will be back bigger and better than ever in 2021!

Why not consider joining our happy band of volunteers and help make Ryde Carnival 2021 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.

VE Day 75 celebrations start on Friday, below is a link to printable bunting, cupcake wrappers and toppers and everything you will need for a VE Day stay-at-home party. So get your bunting up in your windows, make some lovely cakes and have some fun.
Ryde Carnival would love to see the finished product or any other decorations you have made to celebrate VE Day 75, just message our Facebook page with your photos. Let’s bring a bit of colour and happiness to these strange times whilst remembering all who fought for our freedom.

Lots of VE Day printables on this site: https://www.thepurplepumpkinblog.co.uk/free-printable-ve-day-decorations/

Once you’ve made your bunting and decorated your house, here’s the day’s programme of events. Looking forward to hearing the voices of Ryde singing “We’ll Meet Again” at 9pm (The lyrics to “We’ll Meet Again” are below along with a VE-Day themed word search). Have fun!

Ryde Carnival Royalty

We have already chosen our Royalty as selection night was before lockdown. We have not published up until now due to the uncertainty of whether the Carnivals will go ahead. But it only seems fair to put the photos and names of our selected Royalty up. If Carnival does not go ahead they have all asked to be in it next year, so they will be our Royalty regardless.

A big thank you to the judges. Ryde Mayor, Michael Lilley, Liz from Splash, Abi Wheeler from Ryde Arts and Donna from Girlguiding for their time helping in the very difficult task of selecting the Royalty Team. A special thank you to Liz from Splash for also providing the tiaras and our wonderful volunteers who are the backbone of Ryde Carnival.


Ryde Royalty Selection 2020

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.

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.