Preparations underway for Attleborough carnival - with organisers in a bid to make it the best yet

Attleborough Carnival parade passing through the town. Photo: Steve Adams

Attleborough Carnival parade passing through the town. Photo: Steve Adams

Organisers behind a two-day carnival extravaganza in south Norfolk have started the countdown to this year's event.

Attleborough Carnival parade passing through the town. Photo: Steve Adams

Attleborough Carnival parade passing through the town. Photo: Steve Adams

The Attleborough Summer Carnival and Party in the Park will return to the town on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13.

Attleborough Carnival parade passing through the town. Photo: Steve Adams

Attleborough Carnival parade passing through the town. Photo: Steve Adams

The carnival, which is expected to cost around £10,000, has been a firm favourite in the town since it started, and those running the event are hopeful that it will top last year's success.

24-year-old Sam Aghabi, one of the organisers, said: 'We would like to build on last year's success. Last year went really well and we had a great turn out.

'Everyone had a great time and we managed to get it back to what it once was. I think at one point we were the second biggest carnival in Norfolk.'


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Saturday will see the return of Party in the Park - an open air gig on the Recreation Ground on Thieves Lane. This year Special Kinda Madness - a Specials and Madness tribute act - will take centre stage.

An ice-cream van, Friar Tucks Fish and Chips, Hotfire BBQ and the Duck Truck will make sure no-one goes hungry.

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The main festivities will kick off on Sunday, with the carnival procession leaving Fairfield's Estate at 12.30pm and winding its way through town to the Recreation Ground.

Live music, craft stalls, circus skills workshops, falconry, dancing and demonstrations from a professional mountain bike stunt team will be on hand to entertain guests.

With so much in the pipeline, the team are starting to feel the pressure.

Mr Aghabi said: 'We are getting there. There's a lot going on - we're all very busy, but there are some really good things booked.'

The festivities are funded by money raised at the previous year's event - although the team aim to make enough to donate to local charities.

Gates for Party in the Park open at 5.30pm. Admission over 16s is £5, £3 for those aged 11 to 15 and free for under 10s.

On Sunday, gates open at 12.30pm. Admission for over 16s is £3, £1 for 11 to 15s and free for under 10s.

For more information or to get involved, contact Mr Aghabi at samaghabi@hotmail.com or on 07729592960.

Do you have fond memories of the carnival? Contact lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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