Carnival 2022

Like so many other events, the Carnivals in 2020 and 2021 had to be cancelled.
Our plans for a Party in the Park to create a Carnival spirit were also thwarted.
We hope for better in 2022.

The Carnival Parade is traditionally the third Saturday in July which in 2022 will be
Saturday 16th July.

We were thinking that the theme this year would be ‘Let’s Celebrate”.

However with such horrors in the World, so many pressures on the cost of living and COVID at higher levels than ever, we thought ‘We are the World’ would be a better choice - how we can make the world a better place.

So on July 16th at 6.30 pm ‘we'll make a better day, just you and me’!

Carnival Princess

After a gap of three years caused by the wretched pandemic, the Lions Club of Tavistock is delighted to announce that Carnival will be returning this year starting on Sunday 9th July culminating with the Grand Procession on the following Saturday. The programme for the week is still to be finalised but will include the ever-popular Fun Day in the Meadows on the Sunday, the Pavement Artists’ competition, the Concert in the Church, a talk by Simon Dell on Tavistock’s Policing Past and of course the procession. This year’s theme is “We are the World” which the Club thinks will show a united approach to life in these troubled times through which we are currently living especially with the war in Ukraine.


But to lead the procession, the Club needs a young lady to wear the glittering tiara and to wave a royal hand as this year’s Carnival Princess. She will be accompanied by two attendants so to win a chance to step up to the vacant throne, applications can be made by using the attached form or by going through the Club’s Facebook page the closing date for which is Monday 23rd May. All young ladies who apply must be between the ages of 7 and 11 years on 1st July 2022 and live within the PL19 and PL20 postal districts. The competition is sponsored by the Tavistock Times Gazette and Lawsons of Tavistock and the Club is delighted with the continued support from both companies.


The judging will take place in the TASS Anchorage Centre on Thursday 26th May at 6pm with the official crowning during ‘Funday in the Meadows’ on Sunday 10th July at 3pm. The Carnival Princess and attendants will lead the Carnival Procession through the streets of Tavistock on Saturday 16th July so the lucky winners must be available for these dates and any others during Carnival Week.

Here are some highlights from previous years!
Carnival Princess        


And here they are in their wonderful coach, thanks to the brilliant Richard Marlow!  Thanks Helen Bowyer for the photo!

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.

Carnival 2019

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