Cromer carnival kicks off this weekend
12:55 16 August 2014
Archant Norfolk 2013
Carnival time kicks off at Cromer this weekend as the resort gears up to welcome thousands more visitors to a week-long feast of fun.
• Organisers are flagging up that there is a park and ride system and extra trains on carnival day to help visitors.
• There is a free car park on the Holt Road, with a charged bus ride to the carnival ground, costing £3 return per car.
• During the day, the drop off point will be the Carnival Field, Runton Road and the collection point will be at the Beach Road bus stop.
• From 6.15pm and during the procession, the coaches will drop off and pick up on the Holt Road, outside Morrisons.
• There will be road closures from 6.30pm at: Runton Road from the junction of Wyndham Holiday Park; Holt Road from the Morrisons roundabout; Norwich Road from the traffic lights.
The biggest day is Wednesday, when the town hosts the aerial exploits of the Red Arrows in their 50th display season (11am) and the evening parade (7pm).
The carnival, now in its 45th year, contains a packed programme of more than 120 events for all ages.
Events start on Saturday with the carnival car boot sale, craft fair, beer festival, dog show and events in the arena on the carnival field.
On Sunday the custom and American car show, including motorbikes, fills the Runton Road field.
The crowning of Miss Cromer, Hayley Massingham, will take place at 12.15pm by Cromer Seaside Special stars Paul Eastwood and Adam Daye.
In the afternoon there many of the carnival favourites such as the bonny baby competition, knobbly knees contest, and glamorous grandmother competition before a fun wrestling evening.
Highlights during the week include:
• Monday – waiter and waitresses race, promenade 3pm.
• Tuesday – family fun day on the carnival field (including the Joseph Pearce Fire Stunt Show, the Cascade Kite Display team and aerobatics from The Wildcats. From 10am. Entry fee £4 adults, accompanied children under 16 free.
• Wednesday – Carnival arena attractions include motorcycle display team The Bolddog Lings, The Devil’s Horsemen and Elaine Hill’s Sheepdogs. From 9.30am. Adults £6, senior citizens £4, children £3 or family ticket £15 (two adults and two children).
• Thursday – Firework Display 9.15pm. Free admission.
• Friday – Children’s Talent Competition (Pier Pavilion, 9.15am heats. Entries by Tuesday. Forms from Cromer Shopping Centre)
Carnival comes to an end with the evening fancy dress dance in the marquee. Full details of events are in the carnival programme, available from the tourist information centre and many shops and attractions, or visit www.cromercarnival.co.uk.
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