Corfe Mullen Carnival - Not just one day!

Corfe Mullen Carnival is almost here once more and this year it’s bigger than ever before. Now in its 47th year, Carnival 2013 will be raising funds for Forest Holme Hospice and the Corfe Mullen Village Hall.

Carnival Princess, Emma Fall, with her attendants

This year’s event got underway in March, with the selection of Emma Fall as Carnival Princess. Emma and her attendants will take part in the street procession on Saturday 8th June and, on arriving at the recreation ground, will declare the carnival open by releasing 47 balloons – one balloon for each year that the carnival has been held in the village.
A collection will take place along the procession route, with the proceeds going directly to the nominated charities, so do come along and show your support.

Carnival activities commence on Thursday 6th June, with the annual Carnival Quiz which will be held at The Dorset Soldier from 7.30pm. Come along and test your knowledge. There are prizes up for grabs for Groups of five, all hoping to take the title of ‘Brain-Boxes of Corfe Mullen’.

Details of the activities will be found on posters around the village in the forthcoming weeks, and the web-site will also keep you up to date These events are organised for the community to take part in and are supported by Synergy Housing’s Neighbourhood Panel, Richards TEAM Estate Agents, the Parish Council, England & Company, Seyward Window Co Ltd, the Co-operative Membership, Monroe Hairdressing, M B Wilkes and The Little Gift Room.
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Carnival Day, Saturday 8th June - The Highlights:

At the recreation ground:

  • A fun filled afternoon with many side stalls and entertainment.
  • By popular demand Punch and Judy will present a number of shows throughout the afternoon.
  • We have the largest movable inflatable in Europe attending.
  • Main arena event will be the wonderful "Essex Dog Display Team".
  • There will be a static display of vintage cars at the recreation ground given by the Poole branch of the "3 Counties Vintage and Classic Car Club".
    Wessex Ferret Club with races and demonstrations.
  • Climbing Wall.
  • In addition we have best overall entry in the street procession, Children’s Fancy Dress Competition, presentation of prizes, the Grand Draw, Colouring Competition, not to mention the variety of stalls, food vendors, rides etc.

The procession

  • Judging of procession entries will take place at 1pm in Albert and Ivor Roads. At 1.30pm precisely, town crier, David Squire will get the proceedings under way with the traditional and very loud announcement for the procession to move off. This year’s procession will be as big as ever with a variety of floats, walking tableau and businesses taking part in addition there will be music provided by the Marching Bands and Corfe Mullen’s own Piper 2000, during the 1 ¾ mile procession.
  • As in previous years a trophy will be presented to the best decorated business premises on the Carnival route, this will be judged between noon and 1pm.
  • Please note that there will be road closures along the route, starting from Ivor Road, along Wareham Road and up to the recreation ground, from just before the procession starts at 1.20pm, until the last section reaches the recreation ground at approximately 2.50pm.

In addition to the above events, there will also be the Carnival Grand Draw, which has many fantastic prizes again this year.  All the money raised will be going straight to our charities. The Carnival Committee would like to express their sincere thanks to all business who kindly donated prizes. Tickets for the Grand Draw will be available at all activities during Carnival Week and from our sponsors Richards Estate Agents ( who have, again, kindly donated the main prize.

This year the Carnival Committee are challenging children to create and decorate a banner flag. This competition will be judged prior to carnival day and templates can be downloaded from the website. Entries should be submitted by the 1st June and can be dropped into Richards Estate Agents. Winners will see their flag design produced into 3 metre flying banners, which will be used at future carnival events. The Carnival website also has downloads for the colouring competition.

Tuesday 11th June is the 5km and Junior Run, held at the Recreation Ground. More details and entry forms can be found at The charities will also benefit from money raised at the Fun Run. This event is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the Carnival and is an increasingly popular feature of the activities. Those not partaking are encouraged to turn up to support the runners.

For more information about Corfe Mullen Carnival 2013, including times and general enquiries, please either telephone Chairman: Martin Harrison on 01202 698050 or e-mail via the carnival website.

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