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Grantham Carnival weekend is here! And here’s the full programme of events...

By David Parker

Carnival weekend is almost here!
Carnival weekend is almost here!

This weekend is carnival weekend in Grantham, with the annual two-day event set to attract thousands of people from across the area.

This week’s Journal will feature a four-page pull-out programme which readers can take with them to make sure they don’t miss a thing.

Beth Cresswell School of Dance will perform again at this year's carnival
Beth Cresswell School of Dance will perform again at this year's carnival

But if you can’t wait to find out what you have to look forward to, here’s what on and when:


There’s a real mix in this year’s Grantham Carnival parade, from schoolchildren to bands to community champions. Don’t miss your chance to see the floats and marching bands as they travel through the town centre on Saturday afternoon. They will leave Market Place at noon, turning right into High Street and continuing down St Peter’s Hill, St Catherine’s Road, Harrowby Road, Sandon Road and finally down Hill Avenue, turning left into Wyndham Park. Taking part in the 2016 Grantham Carnival parade are:

* Manthorpe Pre-School Playgroup

Is the weather, good or bad, going to stop us? Not blooming likely! So come on, join in with this great community event. See you there!
Roy Wright, Grantham Carnival chairman

* Serendipity’s Day Nursery

* ALS Limos

* Beth Cresswell School of Dance

* Grantham Leisure Support Group

Ye Olde Redtail Falconry
Ye Olde Redtail Falconry

* Grantham Sunrise Rotary Club

* Grantham & District Scout Association

* Isaac Newton Primary School

* Jonathan Kelly and friends

Bands will join floats in the popular parade
Bands will join floats in the popular parade

* Lincs FM

* Lincolnshire Fire Aid – vintage fire engines

* Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue

* The Harrowby/National Academies Trust

* Derby Midshipmen Band

* Melton Mowbray Toy Soldier Band

Madness tribute One Step Behind will headline Party in the Park
Madness tribute One Step Behind will headline Party in the Park

* Faye Johnson and friends

* Civic dignitaries, including Mayor of Grantham Councillor Linda Wootten and consort Coun Ray Wootten, and chairman of SKDC Coun Judy Smith, escorted by the mayor’s cadets, and scouts


Families will get to enjoy all their carnival favourites this year, plus some exciting new attractions. Organisers the Grantham Carnival and Events Group have worked hard to ensure there is something for everyone at this year’s event – including Grantham by the Sea! A large area of Wyndham Park, home of the carnival, will be transformed into a beach, complete with buckets and spades, and its very own Grantham rock! Let’s keep our fingers crossed for some sunshine...

IN THE MARQUEE (daytime timetable, all times are approximate and subject to change)


12.30-1.30pm Carousel Road Show

1.35–2.05pm Beth Cresswell School of Dance

2.10–2.40pm Steve Sale

2.45–3.15pm Grantham School of Dancing

3.20–4pm Steve Sale

4.05–5pm Carousel Road Show


10.30am–noon Alive! Church will hold a Father’s Day celebration service

12.30–1.30pm Carousel Road Show

1.35–2.15pm Blues Bursters

2.20–2.50pm Beth Cresswell School of Dance

2.55–3.35pm Blues Bursters

3.40–3.55pm Carousel Road Show

4-4.45pm Premier Cru

IN THE ARENA (all times are approximate and subject to change)


1pm Parade Arrives

1.15pm Presentation To Winning Floats

1.45pm Derby Midshipmen Band

2.20pm Mighty Smith – Strong Man

2.45pm Beth Cresswell School Of Dance

3.20pm Melton Mowbray Toy Soldier Band

3.55pm Mighty Smith – Strong Man


1pm Ye Olde Redtail Falconry Display

1.40pm Beth Cresswell School Of Dance

2.20pm Elaine Hill’s Sheepdog Display

2.55pm Concourse of Classic Cars*

3.40pm Ye Olde Redtail Falconry Display

4.15pm Elaine Hill’s Sheepdog Display

*The annual Classic Car Show will be held in Queen Elizabeth Park, 8.30am-4.30, prior to its parade into the arena.


Run by Grantham and District Canine Society, the fun dog show will take place both Saturday and Sunday (two seprate shows).

Judges are Mr B. and Mrs. A. Welham, and they will award rosettes up to fourth place.

Entries will be taken from 12.30pm, with judging starting at 1.30pm. Entry costs £1 per dog for the first class and 50p thereafter.

In addition to Best in Show and Best Puppy in Show, classes are:

* Child Handling (6-11 years)

* Child Handling (12-16 years)

* Best Puppy (6-12 months)

* Best Junior (12-18 months)

* Best Adult (over 18 months)

* Best Veteran (over 7 years)

* Best six legs (Dog and owner)

* Best Condition

* Dog or Bitch with the waggiest tail

* Any Variety Rescue

* Any Variety Brace (mixed or same breed)

* Dog or Bitch the Judge would like to take home

Best in Show will be judged from all 1st prize winners even if beaten in another class. There is no parking around the ringside. Visitors and participants are asked to take their own chairs if necessary. All dog show enquiries are to go to Mrs. J. Handley on 01476 571079 or handle@janet05.wanadoo.co.uk


Party in the Park on Saturday night promises to be a night of great music and lots of laughs. Held once again in a heated marquee, the event will feature One Step Behind, the UK’s premier Madness tribute band and headline act of the night. The band, which has made a number of TV appearances and played at the 2006 Proms in the Park in Hyde Park, has won praise from original members of Madness, and Suggs himself. They are the longest surviving Madness tribute band and have played the length and breadth of Britain and across Europe. The night kicks off at 7.30pm with support act, and Grantham band, The System. Also entertaining will be the Carousel Roadshow. There will be a licensed bar, run by Cooler’s Bar, plus other refreshments. Party in the Park starts at 7.30pm. There’s still chance to buy tickets, at £12.50 (under-12s free) – they are available from the Guildhall box office via www.guildhallartscentre.com or by calling 01476 406158.


Roy Wright, chairman of the Grantham Carnival and Events Group, has this message to share with Journal readers:

“After 13 months in the planning, this year’s Grantham Carnival is all but ready to go. Having decided to make changes to the layout, we are all keen to see how it looks and how it works; we hope you will approve. The parade is looking good and with lots of stalls, displays, arena acts and fun fair rides, there will be plenty to see and do. Add to this the fun dog show, archery, car show and all the entertainment in the marquee and you’ve got a really good weekend of family entertainment, and of course most of it at no cost. An added extra this year is a special Father’s Day celebration service to be held on Sunday morning at 10.30am, in the big marquee, organised by Alive! Church. Is the weather, good or bad, going to stop us? Not blooming likely! So come on, join in with this great community event. See you there!”


* Fun fair and inflatables provided by P&M Amusements

* 1st Barrowby Scout Group

* 8th Harrowby Scout Group

* Alive Church (Saturday only)

* Beanz Around The World

* Cancer Care and Addenbrooke’s (Saturday only)

* Tea at the Park – refreshments served in the tea tent courtesy of the carnival and events group

* Cinderella’s

* Cliffedale Chandlers Table Tennis Club

* Cooler’s Bar

* Eddie’s Ices

* Fostering and adoption recruitment team (Saturday only)

* Gourmazin Catering

* Lincolnshire Fire Aid – vintage fire engines

* Grantham Archery Club

* Grantham Canal Society

* Grantham College

* Grantham and District Canine Society’s family dog show

* Grantham Disabled Children Society

* Grantham Leisure Support Group

* Grantham Town Supporter’s Club

* GP Motorcycles

* Happy Tizing

* Gravity Fields Festival information stand

* GTS First Aiders

* Hindmarch Peugeot

* Just Vintage (Saturday only)

* Listers Toyota Grantham

* Lost Sheep Shop

* Myslide

* Pantry Catering

* Raffle 31

* Rutland Fun Quads

* Sweets and Treats

* Terrence Higgins Trust (Party In The Park) (Saturday evening only)

* The Creation Station

* The Nottingham Building Society (Saturday only)

* Utility Warehouse – The Discount Club

* Forever Living

Notice: There must be no waiting and no loading at any time in Hill Avenue (Sandon Road to Belton Lane) between the times of 7am and 6pm on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, 2016.


Grantham Carnival and Events Group would like to express grateful thanks to the following for their generous help and support:

* South Kesteven District Council (sponsor)

* Community Books (sponsor)

* SKDC chairman Councillor Judy Smith

* Mayor of Grantham Coun Linda Wootten and her consort, Coun Ray Wootten

* SKDC’s assets and facilities management – Leader of SKDC Bob Adams, Paul Stokes, Miki Gregory and Keith Rowe

* Lincolnshire County Council

* Lincolnshire Fire Aid

* Grantham Journal

* Roberts Of Churchgate (Leics)

* Colas Ltd

* Raynet Communications

* Carousel Road Show

* Mudford’s Marquees

* Limesquare

* Grantham Caravans

* SRP Toilet Hire

* Simon Morley and his technical team from East Midlands Sound and Lighting

* Harlaxton Utilities

* P&M Amusements

* Daubney Agency

* Grantham Classic Car Club

* Tony Yorke Associates

* Beth Cresswell School of Dance

* Grantham and District Canine Society

* Grantham School of Dancing

* Grantham Archery Club

* Brobot Service Station

* Guildhall Arts Centre

* Colby Sound

* Grantham & District Scout Association

* The Creation Station

* Living The Cream

* Alive Church

* The residentsof Hill Avenue and Sandon Road for their patience

* All parade participants, bands and marshalls

* All stallholders and on-site personnel

* Plus the numerous others without whom the carnival could not take place

Take Dad to the Classic Car Show on Sunday
Take Dad to the Classic Car Show on Sunday


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