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Andover Carnival are delighted to announce that The Commercial Centre, based in Picket Piece, have agreed to sponsor the Carnival for their second time.  Having sponsored us for the first time last year they enjoyed supporting this well loved event which is looked forward to by so many in the community.

Simon Potter, joint proprietor of The Commercial Centre said “We are happy to support the Carnival once again as it’s a much loved community event and always a great, fun day.  We had a really enjoyable time last year, including judging the procession which we look forward to helping out with again this year”

The Commercial Centre is just two miles east of Andover town centre and it is home to over 60 local businesses. It offers various sizes of offices, commercial and business units to rent on either a long or short term basis.  These units are very popular and there is even a small shop and post office on site.  For more information contact The Commercial Centre on 01264 332274 or visit their website on

There is still time to enter a float in this year’s Carnival.  Just visit for your entry form.  Let’s make it bigger and better than ever!

Simplyhealth to sponsor the Carnival once more!

Andover Carnival is thrilled to announce that Simplyhealth are once again supporting the Andover Carnival, as they have now done for several years.

Carnival Chairman Larna Burley said “Simplyhealth have once again offered to support this event, as they have now done for a few years and we are, as always grateful.  Without sponsorship it would be impossible to run the event which in turn would not raise funds for our two local charities chosen for this year who are Andover Young Carers and the I Can Therapy Centre.

Simplyhealth is an established and trusted national brand that has had its home here in Andover for many years and is the  leading provider of health cash plans, dental payment and pet health plans. Simplyhealth has been helping people get the healthcare support they need for over 140 years. The contribution that Simplyhealth makes to the Ando

We would like to thank Simplyhealth once again for its generous support of our event.
ver Carnival is not just a charitable contribution but also a demonstration of their commitment to their local community and the value that they place in Andover.  Without the support of local businesses such as these, the Andover Carnival would not be able to reach its goals.


Andover Carnival is going plastic free.


Andover Carnival is aiming to be single use plastic free by 2021.

The issue of single use plastic waste was recently highlighted by Iris Andersen to the park organiser Tony Burley and it was that initial conversation that has led to the ban scheduled to be introduced fully at the 2021 event.

Following on from the successes of other festivals and events the Andover Carnival Organisation has decided that they must follow suit.

Whilst it too late to implement the ban on the sale of single use plastics for this year’s event being held In Vigo Recreation Ground on the 21st July, the committee will be working hard to fully implement the ban for the 2021 event.

Andover Carnival’s family fun day held in Vigo recreation ground in July every year is possibly the single largest free to enter event in the local annual calendar, which supports 2 local charities; whilst the event is free to enter, visitors are encouraged to donate generously in the charity buckets at the gates, with all the proceeds going to the chosen charities, who this year are, I can Therapy Centre and Andover Young Carers.

The event attracts in excess of 8000 visitors over the course of the day; whilst nowhere as big as festivals such as Glastonbury, nevertheless we must all play our part in reducing our reliance on single use plastics, and actively encourage alternatives.

This annual event is organised by a group of 12 volunteers who dedicate many hours of their time for free.

Tony Burley who has organised the Family fun day in the park for the last 8 years said “I amended the park application form some years ago and reminded our vendors to recycle everything where possible and consider the use of corn starch cups”. It is now time to take further steps to help our environment so we will be banning the sale of drinks in plastic bottles and the use of plastic cups, straws, cutlery and food containers from 2021.

We would also hope the visitors that attend will follow the lead shown by other events and bring drinks and food in reusable containers as opposed to single use plastic containers..  There has for some time been a ban on bringing glass bottles etc. into the park – this could be extended to single use plastic bottles in the future.

We hope that in 2020 we will see a significant reduction in the use of single use plastics; given the challenges in implementing our decision we will need at least a year to work with our vendors in order to achieve our goal for 2021.