Great Dunmow Carnival is returning next month for a fun, musical day out for the whole family.

The carnival will take place at the recreation ground from midday to 10pm on Saturday, September 16.

This year's theme is musicals, and the carnival will feature a mix of rides, performances and crafts for visitors to enjoy.

The carnival includes a traditional procession, as well as showground events, a variety of stalls, food and drink stands, a free evening concert and a fireworks display.

Each year a Carnival Court is elected to represent Great Dunmow at carnivals all over Essex - a tradition which started over 60 years ago with the first Carnival Queen June Brown (neé Devoil) in 1951.

This year Dunmow is represented by Carnival Queens Emily Sullivan and Hunnie Beedle, along with Princess Poppy Callcut and Prince David Paduaru.

On the day, a procession will set out from The Angel and Harp pub at 1pm, and will make its way through Market Place, the High Street, Braintree Road and St Edmunds Lane, before returning to the recreation ground. A rolling roadblock will be in place for the duration of the procession.

Afternoon entertainment includes martial arts and dance displays, as well as ROM Theatre Arts and a juggling demonstration.


Among the evening entertainment is Queen tribute band 'Rekovered', fireworks, Funk Soul Lovers and lots more.

The carnival organisers said: "Come one, come all, and experience the magic of Great Dunmow Carnival!

"Bring your friends, family and neighbours for a day filled with laughter, joy and cherished memories."

Competitions take place throughout the town ahead of the day, with a record 546 children from local schools entering an art contest for their drawing to be printed on the front page of the carnival programme.

Entry to the carnival is free, with donations encouraged to support local charities. This year the carnival is supporting Fragile X Society and Dunmow Theatre Company.

The 2023 carnival has been sponsored by Precise Fire & Security, Dons Coaches, 727 Tool Hire, McCarthy Stone and Bellway.

To get involved and find out more visit