Carnival 2018

In 2018 the theme was 'Countries of the World', celebrating the diversity of our world!

Carnival Programme 2018

Traffic Arrangements

The main closure is to Down Road which we close from 1630 to 1830. This is to allow the parade with its tractors and trailers, lorries and hundreds of walkers, to form up and to protect any stray children that might run into the road.

When the parade starts at 1830 we close Whitchurch road between Down Road and Abbey place, but open it again when the parade has cleared into Abbey Place (about 20 - 25 minutes). We then close off roads as the parade approaches and these will be Plymouth road between Bedford Square and Canal road, Russell Street and then West Street between the junction with Fore street and Bedford square. Finally we close Duke street between Bedford square and Vigo Bridge and Market Road where the parade disperses. See below for a link to a copy of the Traffic Control Order which gives all the detail. Note that, although we have set times for the road closures we try to minimise and inconvenience to motorists by not closing roads until the parade approaches and opening them once it has passed.

You may have also noticed the many no parking signs that we have put up around the route. We need this to allow the big tractors and trailers and lorries to negotiate the route safely and also to allow spectators to see the parade.

In 2018 the theme is 'Countries of the World', celebrating the diversity of our world!

Carnival Day is Saturday July 21st but Carnival Week begins the previous Saturday, July 14th, with a Ceilidh/Barn Dance in the Tavistock Town Hall. 


Carnival Princess Entry Form - click here!

Welcome to Tavistock Carnival Procession!


Here are links to three documents:


  1. The Carnival Procession Information Sheet - giving details of the assembly times and the route.


  1. The Carnival Procession Entry Form - Judging will continue as a key element of the procession and will be done in Down Road.  Feedback from previous years has included comment that the smaller groups feel unable to compete with the larger entrants such as the schools.  To address this we have decided that we should have a separate category for schools, and amend the numbers slightly in the other categories (these are detailed on the Entry Form included in this pack).   The winner of each category, and the overall “Best in Procession” awards will be presented in Down Road.  All entrants will receive a certificate in recognition of their commitment, enthusiasm and support, but for practical reasons this will be forwarded to them within a week or so after the Carnival. 

Please help us by completing and returning the form as soon as possible. It may be completed and returned in hard copy, or completed on-line and returned by e-mail.


  1. A Health & Safety Leaflet This has been produced to provide guidance, in layman’s language, on the basics that you must consider in order that you do your bit to ensure the procession proceeds in a safe manner.  Please remember that no objects are to be thrown from the floats and no alcohol is to be consumed during the procession.


Music is always a key element of the procession and we always encourage as many of you as possible to include this, and many do.  On your Entry Form, we ask that you let us know if music is part of your entry as this will help us when we assemble the running order of the procession.  Please make it as lively and loud as possible.


Our aim continues to be to make the procession a Fun Event for the people taking part, and for the people watching.  Please encourage as many people as possible to come along, and visit us at on Facebook (  We appreciate your enthusiastic support and we are looking forward to a great evening.

Carnival Programme
 Here is the latest draft of our programme, but it is of course, subject to change.

Friday 13th July        

6.30 pm – Treasure Hunt starting at Court Gate  Entry: £1 per person


Saturday 14th July  

10amBaby Show   Parish Centre   Sponsored by Dukes Coffee House & Boots


7.30pmCarnival Ceilidh   Town Hall with Under the Moon   Ticket £10 to include a pasty


Sunday 15th July      

12 noon to 5pm – Fun Day in the Meadows   Tavistock Meadows (set up from (9.30)



Monday 16th July    

5.45pm – Peace Poster Presentation   The Bedford Hotel   Sponsored by Morris Bros. (Tavistock) Ltd.


7.30pm – Multimedia Quiz Evening   The Bedford Hotel   Entry: £10 for a team of 4 to 6


Tuesday 17th July

6pm – Pavement Artists Competition   Brook Street   Sponsored by the Tavistock Times Gazette

7 pm Petanque Competition


Wednesday 18th July

7.30pm – Concert in the Church   Tavistock Parish Church   Entry: £5


Thursday 19th July

5.30pm – Town Relay Races   The Meadows   Organised by Tavistock Athletic Club


7.30pm – Simon Dell Talks   The Bedford Hotel   Entry: £5  


Friday 20th July

2pm – Simon Dell Walks  A 1½ hour walk around Tavistock starting at Court Gate Entry: £5


7pm – Traders’ Skittles Match   The Explorer Entry: £10 per team of four


Saturday 21st July   CARNIVAL DAY