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Cromer Carnival 2021!


Cromer Carnival 2021 - Cancelled



At a recent meeting the Cromer Carnival Committee discussed the possibility of planning for a carnival this year. Having looked at all the possibilities, it was regrettably decided that we could not go ahead with this years carnival, bearing in mind the restrictions that could still be in place in July and August.

Cromer Carnival works on an extremely tight budget each year with a small profit margin of a few thousand pounds. On occasions, there has been no profit and we have had to eat into the reserves or hold back on proposed projects for the coming year. The greater part of our financial outlay is made between January and May, when contracts have to be entered into and deposits paid on arena acts, bands, marquees, toilets and licences for road closures and traffic orders, applied for well in advance of carnival week. In addition, equipment, where necessary, has to be renewed and stock for the bar and various food outlets have to be ordered and paid for in advance.

The organisers also have a responsibility to those who would be attending carnival events. Those helpers, who make it flow from one event to the next during the week are all part of the carnival team. They would have to be in close contact with members of the public by manning gates and collecting buckets and many other tasks involved around carnival. Under the present restrictions there is a responsibility on the organisers not to put them in a dangerous position, even if lockdown restrictions are eased to a certain extent.

Most of the income from sponsorship and advertising of Cromer Carnival, comes from local businesses and families. All have had a difficult time in the past 12 months and it was felt by the committee that they could not expect their financial support for this coming year, but hopefully will return in 2022.

In the meantime, the Carnival Committee will continue to meet on a regular basis, reviewing and assessing the situation and looking at the possibility of safely organising some events over the summer holidays.

For those who regularly attend Cromer Carnival, as it is for the organisers, this is disappointing news and not the position the organisers would want to be in again this year. Updates will be posted, if there is any better news, in the next few months. Myself, committee and helpers are looking forward to the time when we can plan for a safe return of Cromer Carnival and put it back up there as one of the best in the country.

Tony Shipp MBE


Cromer Carnival

Cromer Carnival 2022!

Carnival week is always held in August, in the week which includes the third Wednesday.

So in 2022 it will hopefully be held from Saturday 13th August to Friday 19th August, with Carnival Day being held on Wednesday 17th August.

Put a date in your diary NOW!!

Unfortunately, due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, Cromer Carnival 2021 has been CANCELLED.

Please keep watching our Facebook page and website for all of the latest news and we look look forward to seeing you all again in 2022!

We hope you enjoyed the 50th Anniversary Carnival in 2019. Here's the video for the Wednesday - our thanks to Craig and James, the camera team and to Craig who was the editor for this one. Let's get it round the world - give it a share from its Youtube site. The book looking back over 50 years plus of Cromer Carnival is available at £5.00 in town at Merchant's Place and at the Old Rock Shop Bistro.

And here's the video for Carnival Sunday 2019.

Here's our Royal Party for 2019 - Chloe Showers, Leah Banning, Miss Cromer Jessica Foster, Izzy Claxton, Sophia Allard and John Pigott.

For Carnival Tuesday, Boris - no, not that one - was one of the stars of the Children's Day at the Carnival field. We just had to include his picture.

Well, you can't win all the while. A few rain showers during the afternoon of the Waiters' and Waitresses' competitions so congratulations to all who kept things going.

Here's the overall winner of the Children's Fancy Dress - topical and local! Even the clock has stopped!

You probably already know that Bradley Walsh with be with us for the crowning of Miss Cromer on the Sunday of Carnival week. Here's a look back to last time he was here - Tony, take warning!

The page is getting a bit full of these looks back over 50 years of Cromer Carnival - so we hope you can spot yourself somewhere amonst the pictures. If you're really wanting to wallow in nostalgia, then go to and if you subscribe you'll see yet more as they come along. We're not finished yet!

Anther selection of the photos you kindly brought in for copying of Carnival events and people from the last 50 years - and some a bit further back. We start off in 1980 but after that, you'll have to guess.

If you've watched the video below from 2001, you'll see that most of the week turned out fine - but with our video here from the crownings of 2000 and 2001, you see that the Sunday morning of 2001 wasn't quite like that! But Norman knew how to make us all laugh ...

Here's a video sequence from Carnival week 2001. If you were in the Children's Fancy Dress, your children will enjoy seeing it! ....

This year we're celebrating 50 years of the current series of Carnivals. Our appeal for pictures brought in hundreds of images - some from earlier Carnivals! Here's the first of our 'nostalgia' sequences.

Another video full of images from the last 50 years here!

The Carnival videos are sponsored by Poppyland Publishing