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2020 Carnival Cancelled

It is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you of the decision to follow many other annual events and cancel the 2020 Carnival.

Although the signs suggests we could well be on the mend by July, unfortunately the majority of the work is done now and we are finding, not surprisingly, that people can’t commit to entries in the Procession, acts for the stage and stalls/caterers for the park.

Our plan is simply to press pause for a few months and then return and carry on where we left off, giving us even more time to deliver an event that Andover can join and celebrate everything the word Community stands for. We are hoping to keep the same sponsors and certainly will still be supporting the same good causes Needs Too and Andover Twenty1. If you have applied for this years event somebody will be in touch soon, but we hope you will just pause with us and return for next year.
Once the national restrictions are eased we will be straight back on it and chasing all of you to join us and take part in Andover Carnival 2021

Andover has once again shown what an amazing community it has by all the support being given throughout every area of our great town. We as a committee are extremely proud to be part of such a caring area and look forward to giving you all a day to come together and celebrate this.

We will be back stronger, bigger, brighter and louder.

Want to reach thousands of local consumers?

The Andover Carnival is a great place to sell or showcase your products and services. The park attracts thousands of people from in and around Andover.

A pitch at the Carnival at Vigo Recreational Park is very affordable and will work out very cheap as part of your cost per sale.

The Carnival is extremely popular and people spend hours there enjoying the variety of entertainment, refreshments and browsing the stalls. People of all ages attend, including many dog lovers – maybe you have a great product for pets? Children love Carnival Day. If you have something special to offer parents for their children, the park is the ideal place to display or sell them.

Adults from the young to elderly enjoy the park as much as the children; here is your opportunity to attract their attention and make them aware of your products or services.

Food to fashion, cupcakes to cosmetics, tools to toys – take this opportunity to let people know who you are and what you do.

To apply for a pitch in the park, just complete this form: Click here

Your Carnival Needs YOU!

Your Carnival needs you!! Every year the carnival sets about raising as much money as possible for local charities. The process for selecting these charities has started and application forms can be downloaded here. Although the Charities aren’t announced until February the process of raising funds starts NOW.

We would like to ask any local company or business if they have any space to add our new Charity collection Tins to their till areas or entrances. We will take total management of the tins, we just need the space to start collecting all those loose coins.

ALL coins collected will get added to the Charity Pot and divided between the 2 selected Charities. With 9 months of collection ahead of us we are hoping to add a significant amount to the already growing totals.

Please share and spread the word, and email us at if you can help or know anybody that may be able to.
We thank you!

Charities receive their cheques

Andover Carnival 2019 was officially wrapped up at the AGM. Having looked back on an amazing day we were honoured to hand over a cheque for £2,000 to each of the chosen Charities – I Can Therapy and Andover Young Carers.

These funds came purely from monies raised on the day throughout the procession and at Vigo Park.

A special thank you goes to Asda and Yvonne Howells who helped raise a phenomenal amount through their Teddy Tombola and Asda Foundation.

Cheques were also awarded to the Walking Winners, Ruby Slippers, and also to the Charity float of P20.

We are now full steam ahead planning for next year! If you are a charity or community group that could benefit from some extra support then why not apply to be one of next year’s Charities?

If you are a business or community group or charity or school and want to come and have some fun in the procession then those application forms are available now!!

Contact for more details. or download the form here

The date is set, Sunday 19th July, put it in your diary and share this post and spread the word. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Local charities to receive cash boost from the Carnival.

We have counted every 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1, £2 and even notes, as well as the JustGiving page and are now excited and proud to announce that all those coins added up up to a massive £4,000!
Andover Young Carers and ICan Therapy will be receiving a cheque for £2,000 each!
Thank you Andover!

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.