Carnival to return this summer after 14-year break

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Excitement levels are rising for the local community as Flitwick Carnival is to return after a 14-year break this summer.

With an extensive parade made up of floats, walkers, a samba band, and the quintessential carnival prince and princess leading proceedings, the event promises to be a popular one.

It will be held on Saturday, June 14, from noon until 7pm at the Millennium Park, Dunstable Road, Flitwick.

A spokeswoman for Flitwick Town Council, said: “We’ve had many requests from local residents to bring back the carnival so we took the challenge on as we want to bring carnival and community spirit back to Flitwick.”

Natalie Barker, aged eight, from Flitwick, has had her artwork chosen as the winning design for the front cover of the carnival programme.

Her mother Catherine Baker said of Natalie, who attends the Temple Field Lower School,: “She was excited and a bit disbelieving to learn she had won. She loved drawing it and has had lots of congratulations from her friends.

“Natalie got the idea from the colourful Notting Hill Carnival. She’s never been to one so she’s really looking forward to the Flitwick Carnvial.”

Headlining the arena stage in the afternoon will be the beautiful horses and amazing gymnasts of the Galloping Acrobatics show.

Also featuring will be a jazz band, Morris dancers, a bar bus, funfair rides, paintballing, a food court, birds of prey display and a tug of war competition finals.

A balloon release will round off the day.

> For more details and information on taking part, call 01525 631900 or visit

Carnival fundraiser

Flitwick Town Council is holding a comedy night as a fundraiser for its carnival which is returning in June after a break of 14 years.

It will be held at the Rufus Centre on Friday, May 16 and will feature MC Tony Vino and comedians Andy White and Wez Zaharuk.

Andy, who escaped a call-centre, is characterised as an energetic, confident and crazy Brummie who combines silly voices and a mad afro to devastating comic effect.

Wez, from Canada, has been described as one of the most exciting acts on the UK comedy circuit, with his original and madcap physical comedy.

Tickets cost £10 and doors open from 7.30pm for an 8.30pm start.

Call the ticket line on 01525 631 900. For details about the carnival details visit