At the tail end of the Covid pandemic with uncertainty about whether we would be able to hold any Carnivals, we decided to put on a Week of Events instead as it presented a far more controllable environment for these unusual times. With the help of Shademakers, New Carnival Company, Raw Samba, Huxley the Magician and many more we put on a number of fun and engaging activities for the entire family.

This event was so well received that we have decided to replace the traditional Children’s Carnival parade with the Children’s Carnival Day which will include a whole host of family-orientated events. These will take place in nearby locations like Minghella’s Square and the Town Square and also have a Children’s Carnival Parade. This year, however, we’re increasing its length beyond just the pedestrian precinct by continuing down the High St, turning right into Cross St, then heading up George St and along Star St before heading back into the pedestrian precinct. This will allow for a better Children’s Carnival parade experience as it was obvious last year that we had too many entires and spectators for the pedestrian area alone. 

There will be dance performances which you can join in, magic shows and competitions going on during the day and culminating in the Children’s Carnival Parade.

Saturday 24th August 2024  11am-3pm

Below is the List of Events from 2022, to give you an idea of what to expect. Full details for 2024 will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.





Storytime with Ryde Library

St Thomas' Rest Gardens



Natwest Bank


Meet Ryde's Carnival Royalty

Minghella Square


Performance by Ella Sheppard School of Dance

Town Square (Co-op)


Picnic lunch with the animals from Shademakers

Town Square (Co-op)


Raw Samba

Natwest Bank


Children's Parade

High Street - from The Star to Friends of the Animals


Children's Costume Competition

St Thomas' Rest Gardens


Huxley's Magic Show

St Thomas' Rest Gardens

Please tell everyone you know. It will be a great free day out for all the family and the perfect start to carnival week!