New Mills Carnival ’16

On the second Saturday of June each year New Mills comes alive to the various sounds, smells and sights of the Carnival.  New Mills Carnival has fast become the biggest in the High Peak attracting thousands to come and watch and inspiring almost as many to take part in this all day event.

New Mills Carnival ’16 Saturday June 11th at 1pm, starting in the town centre of New Mills, then moving through town onto the Recreation Ground on Wirksmoor Road, SK22 3HW

This year’s theme is Theatre and with one of the largest processions in recent memory there’s something for everyone. Among those taking part are New Mills Brass band, Urban Gypsies, Kinder Mountain Rescue, the Tin Man and The Wicked Witch, as well as New Mills Army Cadets, all local schools, and community groups including The Art Theatre and New Mills Festival.

Because not everyone is lucky enough to live in New Mills, there will also be a special Carnival Music Train, coming from Buxton station at 12.29, you can join the Stockport Ukulele Players for a ‘New Mills Encounter’ The band will play on the train, arriving at Newtown Station in time to watch the parade go by. They will play again on the Carnival field, look out for them by the real ale bar. This is a regular train, please buy a ticket before joining the band.

A record number of market stalls will be on the Rec this year selling everything from local art, cheeses, a huge variety of gifts, animal portraits, baby shoes, and even the chance to win a brand new Mini!

A larger than ever food court will include hog roast, crepes, Thai and Portuguese specialities as well as locally produced home cooking from Sett Valley Cafe. Torrside Brewing, New Mills’ first brewery is making its debut appearance with a selection of real ales and other refreshments.

As well as the huge traditional fairground and organ which comes every year, visitors can have a go at learning some circus skills, bushcraft survival skills, get up close and personal with the Majestic owls and an assortment of reptiles from Creature Caboodle. And if anyone has any energy left, there’s a climbing wall and donkey rides on offer too. Entertainment in the Arena includes dancing, singing, and pipe bands.

Continuing the Carnival festivities into the evening, The Butterfly Cafe at the Torrs on Market St is hosting a live music evening with a DJ and several local bands including Mad Jack & the Hatters.

Special thanks go to local artist Paul Gent, who designs the Carnival and music train posters, find him at his stall on the Carnival field selling a selection of his artwork.

For more details on the carnival you can email newmillscarnival@hotmail.co.uk or find them on Twitter @NMCarnival, or on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/NewMillsCarnival/?fref=photo

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Author: VNM

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