18th September 2021

Press Release

2021 Carnival Cancelled

After much consideration, and regret, that we have had to take the decision to cancel this year’s Carnival.


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 15th September 2021, 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 15th – 18th September 2021 inclusive, and the Carnival being held on Saturday 18th September 2021 usually attracts up to 20,000 people. The Carnival is organised by a small Committee of volunteers and is a registered charity.

Organised in partnership with

County Garage Group
Braddicks Leisure

Event Schedule

Saturday, 18 September 2021

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!



Clarity Copiers Ltd

Colin’s Place

Coxleigh Barton

Finishing Touch Flooring Ltd

Gibbs Property Management Ltd



John Smale & Co

Just Office Limited

K J Refrigeration

Majestic Wines


North Devon Flooring Ltd

NutriCalc Limited

Padfields of Barnstaple

Phillips Smith & Dunn

Pressplay Call Centre Ltd

Safety Supplies Direct

South West VW’s Ltd

The Barnstaple Corner House Limited

Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants