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The Red Arrows
Wednesday 16th August 2017
The display starts at 11:00.
Please don't forget to give a donation towards this great event, where you see one of our Carnival collection buckets!
The Wildcats - Aerobatic Display Team
Tuesday 15th August 20167 at 12:30
This amazing air entertainment is provided by Wildcat Aerobatics who are East Anglia's premier formation, aerobatic display team.
Grand Fireworks Display
Thursday 17th August 2017 at 21:15 (approximately).
Our Grand Fireworks Display and of course all the fun of the fair up at the Carnival Field.
No entrance charge for fireworks, but please make sure you find one of the donation buckets in the course of the evening!
Make sure you arrive in good time - there's always a last minute rush on car parking, which is very tricky on the evening.
Fancy Dress Dance
Tickets £10.00 each.
Must be 18 years of age or over - ID will be requested.
Fancy dress only.
Tickets available from The Cottage, Louden Road, Cromer, from 9:00 on Saturday 29th July 2017!
New Year's Day Fireworks 2018
Cromer Carnival is run by the Cromer Voluntary Entertainments Organisation and CVEO willl be working with Cromer Town Council to provide yet another great fireworks display on the 1st January 2017. So put 5.00pm on New Years Day into your diary. If you're a local person who can help with a bucket collection on that day, please contact the Town Council on 01263 512254 with your offer of help.
The Carnival's Past
Cromer already had an annual week-long fair by 1285! By early in the 1800s this had become a pleasure fair held largely on the sea on Whit Monday and Tuesday.
Regattas at Cromer about 1880
In the early 20th century, after the building of Cromer's present pier, the carnivals were held on the pier itself. Fancy dress parades were held on the pier and boat races took place alongside the pier. The highlight of the event was sometimes a 'fire diver', diving off the side of the pier, not an event encouraged today!
Fancy dress on the pier at the end of the 1920s
In the 1950s and 1960s Cromer Carnival centred around a parade of floats through the town centre. There was a break in the latter part of the 1960s, and in 1969 the carnival got under way again and has continued to grow through to the present day. Carnival Day was established as the Wednesday of the third week in August and other weeks of events were built around the main Carnival week.
Contestants ready for the parade in 1964
Today Cromer Carnival is run by the Cromer Voluntary Entertainments Organisation Ltd, a group of townspeople who devote much time and energy to the planning of each year's activities. They have the support of many other active helpers of all ages who make things happen every August - and at other events throughout the year.
The crab dressing competition and the Carnival Queen, 1971
We're planning to add photographs from the many ages of Cromer Carnival to this page. If you've a favourite family picture - it must be a family picture and not one to which another photographer or organisation, such as the press holds the copyright - please scan it and send it through to us, together with a short caption. (JPEG format, 72 dpi will be fine.)
Sir Norman Wisdom crowned the Carnival Queen for 2001