Everyone is welcome to take part in the Carnival in any way they wish. Entry forms for the Grand Carnival and the Illuminated Carnival are available to pick up from Premier Express, High Street, Ventnor or will be available from the website. Entry forms for the Children's Carnival are not required.
Ventnor Main Carnival 2023 Entry Forms
Ventnor Illuminated Carnival 2023 Entry Forms
Ventnor Carnival is run by a committee of dedicated local people steeped in the traditions of Carnival. All of these are hard working townsfolk who give their services freely; but (sadly) none of them are a multi-millionaire able to bankroll the week’s Carnival events.
The Committee rely upon three main sources to meet the unavoidable costs of Carnival. These sources are you, the general public (who donate so generously into the collecting tins on Carnival night), profits from the sale of, and adverts in, the Carnival programme.
This income has to meet the entire cost of Carnival. These costs include building and maintaining the float, making the wonderful gowns worn by Carnival Queens and Princesses, travelling expenses of the bands who entertain us, insurance and fees to hire venues is just enough income to allow the Carnival Committee to finance each year’s Carnival but there is never enough to enable it to build the Carnival into what it could and should be.
Do you enjoy voluntary work for the benefit of the local community, and the Island residents and visitors in general?
We are a voluntary body of individuals with a wide range of skills. Do you enjoy having fun and working hard? We do fundraising during the year to enable us to put on next year's Carnival. We need fundraisers, marshals and general help.
If you able to help us, you can either use the contact form below or contact the chairman, Teresa on 01983853911
The Ventnor Carnival Association is a body of volunteers living in and around Ventnor for whom Ventnor Carnival is special. Some love it because, as children, their parents dressed them up and sent them to parade in all weathers around our glorious town. Those not fortunate enough to have been born in Ventnor, but came to the town in later life, found in the Carnival an experience that brought together the whole community in a few days of frolic in August. In turn they entered their own children in Carnival and so the happy cycle repeats itself. Now, after 134 years, our Carnival has become an institution in the town. But, like all institutions, it needs to be organised and financed. Sadly, the will to take on voluntary activities is dwindling and Committees, like the one that runs Ventnor Carnival, are becoming difficult to fill. Any person who loves the Carnival or Ventnor is invited join in and help in a capacity suited to their personal skills and abilities - you are all needed.
Some of our young people have come up with the idea of a Junior Carnival Committee. We think this is a great idea as it is good to get the younger generations involved.
So if you would like to help and you are under 18 let us know
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