17th September 2022


Established since 1931

Barnstaple Fair Carnival has been held in the town since 1931 and has run for 75 consecutive years this year. Barnstaple Fair, operated by the Showman’s Guild of Great Britain, is the largest in the West Country and it is tradition for the Carnival to follow this event.

The Fair proclamation, held at the Guildhall, on the Wednesday prior to the Carnival, this year 14th September 2022, is a prestigious event attended by the Mayor, Town Clerk, Chief Executive of North Devon council, the Chief of Police and many other dignitaries as well as representatives from local businesses and organisations.

The Fair runs from 14th – 17th September 2022 inclusive, and the Carnival being held on Saturday 17th September 2022 usually attracts up to 20,000 people. The Carnival is organised by a small Committee of volunteers and is a registered charity.

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Event Schedule

Saturday, 17 September 2022

Time Event
2.45pm Judging for the children’s procession
3.30pm Children’s procession starts (from The Strand)
4.00pm Judging for the main procession
5.15pm Crowning of the carnival queen
6.00pm Main procession starts
8.00pm Fireworks Display

Sponsors of the Carnival

our grateful thanks to you all!