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Cromer Carnival 2017

Carnival Field
Runton Road


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Carnival Week - Saturday 12th to Friday 18th August 2017

Cromer already had an annual week-long fair by 1285! By early in the 1800s this had become a pleasure fair held largely on the sea on Whit Monday and Tuesday.

In the early 20th century, after the building of Cromer´s present pier, the carnivals were held on the pier itself. Fancy dress parades were held on the pier and boat races took place alongside the pier. The highlight of the event was sometimes a ´fire diver´, diving off the side of the pier, not an event encouraged today!

In the 1950s and 1960s Cromer Carnival centred around a parade of floats through the town centre. There was a break in the latter part of the 1960s, and in 1969 the carnival got under way again and has continued to grow through to the present day. Carnival Day was established as the Wednesday of the third week in August and other weeks of events were built around the main Carnival week.

Today Cromer Carnival is run by the Cromer Voluntary Entertainments Organisation Ltd, a group of townspeople who devote much time and energy to the planning of each year´s activities. They have the support of many other active helpers of all ages who make things happen every August - and at other events throughout the year.

Wednesday is Carnival Day with a Grand Carnival Parade in the evening through the Town via Runton Road, Prince of Wales Road, Hamilton Road, Church Street, Mount Street, Louden Road, West Street, Beach Road and returning to the Runton Road car park.

Don´t miss our Grand Fireworks Display on the Thursday, and of course all the fun of the fair up at the Carnival Field. No entrance charge for fireworks, but please make sure you find one of the donation buckets in the course of the evening!

Make sure you arrive in good time - there´s always a last minute rush on car parking, which is very tricky on the evening.

A sign that summer´s coming is the selection of Miss Cromer and her attendants, ready for the Carnival. Congratulations to all those who entered and special congratulations to those who won places in the Cromer´s Royal Family for this year.

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