All the fun of the carnival

Celebration: The Big Fat Bonsall Wedding float at the annual Bonsall Carnival.

Celebration: The Big Fat Bonsall Wedding float at the annual Bonsall Carnival.

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What a week it’s been in Bonsall as the carnival celebrations kicked off seven days of fun and laughter.

People turned out in their hundreds for the carnival day on Saturday, July 30 as families and friends came together for a really fun day out.

Wild West: Kyle Holmes, Todd Webster and Cameron Orr portray mean and moody cowboys at the annual Bonsall Carnival.

Wild West: Kyle Holmes, Todd Webster and Cameron Orr portray mean and moody cowboys at the annual Bonsall Carnival.

Organiser Julie Hamilton said: “It was a really good day, very well attended and everyone had a lovely time. The whole week has been brilliant.”

St James’ church bells rang out the start of proceedings on Saturday, July 30, before the carnival procession left the village park to take in the village well dressings and creatively decorated houses.

The carnival was opened by Bafta nominated director and writer Nick Whitfield, followed by the crowning of the carnival queen and the judging of floats, fancy dress and best dressed house.

Entertainment in the park included Samuel Stilt Walker, circus shows and the popular Royal Bonsall Horse Trials; Bonsall’s first ever three day event squashed into one afternoon.

Wizard Time: The Wizard of Oz themed float at the annual Bonsall Carnival.

Wizard Time: The Wizard of Oz themed float at the annual Bonsall Carnival.

A bottle of champagne was presented to the woman with the best bonnet, and festivities also featured the legendary ducking stool, a bucking bronco, cowboy triathlon, can can dancers, a hog roast, barbecue and a mini beer festival

And there was tons of musical fun when bands Carre Fernandes, Fat Fish, The Damn Torpedoes and Pint o’ Mild played in the marquee in the evening.

On Sunday, July 31 the blessing of the wells took place at St James’ Church from 2pm, followed by cream teas and a performance from Holymoorside Band in the park.

All this week there have been events for carnival week, including lantern making, a fun run, children’s wacky races, a treasure hunt and a wheelbarrow race.

And it’s not too late to get involved with the carnival week fun. On Thursday, August 4 there is a walking treasure hunt that starts at 6pm at the Foundation, and there will be a bike race at the Cross at 7pm.

And the final of the five-a-side football tournament takes place in the park on Friday, August 5, followed by a shambolic fire show from the Man with Inflammatory Pants. Then carnival week will end at dusk with the annual lantern procession and firework finale.

Julie Hamilton said: “The lanterns are always absolutely beautiful and the firework display by Britannia fireworks promises to be a brilliant finale.

“We’d love people to come down.”