Holsworthy Carnival

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Hoslworthy Carnival Programme 2109

Holsworthy Carnival Programme has now been published, if you would like an electronic copy select the link below:

Carnival Programme 2019 Final


Carnival Royalty


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Applications are invited for the 2019

Carnival Royalty

Applications close 18 Sep 19

Applicants must live in the catchment area for

Holsworthy College and Primary School

Prince/Princess – children aged 4–11

King/Queen – 11+ (there is no upper age limit)

Download and complete the application form and email it to us.

Royalty Application Form

Contact (email) carnival@holsworthylions.co.uk

or contact us via the Holsworthy Carnival Facebook




Advertising 2019



Holsworthy Carnival is one of the major events held in our local community, and it puts Holsworthy firmly on the map, helping our identity as a market town and local centre of commerce.

Significant numbers of people come into the town for the event and support our local businesses. For the last 5 years the event has been underwritten and organised by Holsworthy and District Lions Club with very considerable assistance from many individuals and organisations in our community.

It has been self funded recently through generous donations and advertising in the town and surrounding districts. Relying on this support as our only source of income has been a challenge, and is proving more difficult each year. The organising committee continually needs to ensure the Carnival survival and we try to come up with new initiatives to this end.

To encourage competitors the committee provides cash prizes for each category of entrants. This is common practise thoughout the carnival communities, and helps partcipants recover some of their costs. This does encourage local floats and may bring in competitiors from a larger geographical area thereby providing more spectacular processions.

Our costs remain high and rise year on year and sponsorship is needed. Our costs include insurance, road closures, security and lighting etc.

The minimum sponsorship amount is £200, but we are pleased to graciously receive larger donations. All sponsors will be acknowledged in the front of the programme and on the webpage for the full year. We hope to display all sponsors logos on the collection trailers on the evening of the event.

As a local business we seek your support by becoming a sponsor of this worthy event in our town’s calender.

If sponsorship is something you are unable to provide at this time advertisements in our programme are available with the following prices:

Advertisement Size Cost
¼ page £25
½ page £50
Full page £100


All correspondence regarding offers of sponsorship and advertisements should be through the Chair of Holsworthy Carnival Committee at the email address below.

Please give serious thought to lending your support, and we would be grateful for any assistance that you can give for this historic and popular event. Please note the closing date for being part of this year’s event (and getting your name in the programme) is Friday 6th September 2019.

Thank you very much


Ted England

Chairman Carnival Committee

Email: Carnival@Holsworthylions.co.uk

Carnival Advertising letter 2019

Carnival Update and Results

It was a good evening for Holsworthy Carnival on Saturday 17 November. Unlike 2017, it stayed dry for the event – although the wind was cold. There were even reports of a small tornado on Waterloo Road just before the procession got underway, though thankfully there were no Wizard of Oz entries in this year’s Carnival!

The evening began with the crowning of this year’s Carnival Queen (13-year old Evony-Rose Bright from Holsworthy Community College), and this year’s Carnival Princess (8-year old Paige Chidley from Holsworthy Primary School) on the balcony of the White Hart Hotel at 7pm. The two girls looked lovely in their Royal costumes and there was a large crowd in front of the White Hart to watch the ceremony.

This year the Carnival Committee wanted to do something to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of the ending of World War I on 11 November 2018. So this year’s procession was led off by 100 school children carrying giant poppies. The children came from Holsworthy Primary School and the Community College – and other local schools including Clawton Primary School. It was a fitting way to end the celebrations for the one-hundredth anniversary of the ending of the war – something that the town as a whole did wonderfully in the weeks leading up to 11 November.

The procession itself was huge this year – the end of the parade hadn’t even reached the half-way point by the time that the front of the procession had actually finished the entire route. The size of the crowd lining the streets of Holsworthy was also enormous this year. Estimates ranged from between 3,500 to 4,500 people – though the exact number isn’t really known. Richard Hutchings (former Holsworthy Lions President and current Chairman of the St Peter’s Fair Committee) said that it was the biggest crowd he had seen in at least 30 years. The procession of floats and was, as always, wonderfully colourful and noisy.

The independent judges had a very difficult time judging all the entrants to this year’s Carnival as the standard was particularly high. The final results were as follows:

Best Royal tableau (R1): 1st place Hatherleigh Carnival Queen; 2nd place Hatherleigh Prince & Princess; 3rd place Barnstaple Royalty.

Best Royal car (R2): 1st place Boscastle Royalty.

Best artistic float/tableau – open (A1): 1st place Tamar Side Singers; 2nd place The late Charlie Nicholls – Devon Air Ambulance.

Young Farmers’ Club (A2): 1st place Winkleigh – 200 years of the circus; 2nd place Bradworthy – Brad Army; 3rd place Stratton YFC.

Best Tradesman’s tableau/float (A5): 1st place Harpers Farm Supplies – War Cow; 2nd place Mac Plant Construction; 3rd place RTS Transport – Polly.

Vintage (A6): 1st place Holsworthy Vintage Club – D. Edwards; 2nd place Eddie the Camaro; 3rd place Ford Capri.

Children’s tableau/float – Organisations (C3): 1st place Beavers – Baby Shark; 2nd place Cubs – Jungle Book; 3rd place SW Truckers – Piston Cup.

Children’s tableau/float – Non-organisations (C4): 1st place Candy Land; 2nd place Elfing Around; 3rd place Life on Mars.

Adults walking (A3): 1st place Votes for Women; 2nd place HATS.

Decorated wheeled vehicle – not-motorised (A4): 1st place Old McDonald had a Farm; 2nd place Kevin Saves Christmas.

Individual – under 16 years walking (C1): 1st place Santa’s Little Helper.

Groups – under 16 years walking (C2): 1st place Bude RFC.

The top prize for the best tableau/float on the evening was awarded to the Beavers – Baby Shark.

Holsworthy Carnival Committee Chairman, Ted England, said that he was very pleased that this year’s Carnival had been so successful and so well-attended. He extended his thanks to all the members of the Carnival Committee (Lions and non-Lions alike) for their hard work over the past year. He also extended his thanks to all the organisations and individuals (too numerous to mention individually) who gave up their time to help on the evening itself. The Carnival Committee as a whole would like to thank all the people who took part in this year’s event – and all those who lined the streets to watch it. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2019.

A selection of photos for you to browse:

Advertising 2018

Carnival Advertising

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