Charlesworth and Chisworth Carnival

Welcome to Charlesworth & Chisworth Carnival!

£1 entry fee for this years Carnival!

We know, last year, that we said carnival would always be a free event and we hand on heart, truthfully meant this to be the case… however we’ve hit an unexpected problem. A piece of legislation called the Street Traders Act (yes, we know carnival doesn’t take place on a street but it does still apply to us!), which covers the selling of goods anywhere outside of a shop means that with the number of stalls we have on the field the carnival is required to buy a trading permit if our event is free and open to the public. To put it simply we can’t afford this. Our only other option is to make carnival a “private” event which sadly means that to come along this year you will need to pay an entry fee – but its only £1. We are actively looking into any way in which for next year we can return to being a free to attend event but for this year sadly this is what we are going to have to do.

Please remember that for your £1 you get all the free entertainment (dog show, PAS, bubble man, circus skills, crowning of the Queen, Arnfield brass band, a chorus, the steel drums and much more) and music and fun that you normally have and the carnival gets to make money! Please remember that any profit the carnival makes is given back to local community groups!

Apologies again for this change and we sincerely hope that you can continue to support us in the fantastic way that you always have

The Charlesworth and Chisworth Carnival Committee

Bonanza Raffle 2018 winning ticket drawn!

Thank you to everyone that bought a Bonanza ticket for the 2018 Carnival!

We can now confirm that the winning ticket is number 1621 and that the holder of that ticket is now £147 better off!

Please get in touch with any member of the Carnival Committee if you are the winner to claim your prize!

NOTE: You will need to present your winning ticket in order to claim your prize!

The Charlesworth and Chisworth 2019 carnival will take place on Charlesworth Village Green on Saturday 13th July 2019.

Timetable of events on the day

Here is an early timetable for Charlesworth & Chisworth Carnival 2019:


Approx time What will happen!
12.30 Parade sets off
13.00 Parade arrives at Village Green
14.00 Crowning of carnival queen
14.30 Senior fell race starts
15.30 Junior fell race starts
16.30 Prize-giving for fell race,scarecrows, floats & fancy dress!
PLEASE NOTE: After the issues we had in 2016, when we sadly had no choice but to cancel the Carnival the day before due to the adverse weather over the preceding days leaving the Village Green inaccessible to vehicles, the Carnival Committee has made a decision as to how we can better deal with the possibility of cancellations in the future.
The Carnival Committee has therefore decided that this year, in the hopefully unlikely event that the Carnival has to be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, the FINAL decision will be made on the Wednesday 10th July.
We appreciated in 2016 that the “last minute” nature of our decision caused a number of people who have supported us over the years a great deal of inconvenience and we wish to avoid that in the future. We hope that giving people more notice will help solve this in the future.


Charlesworth and Chisworth Carnival Committee is seeking volunteers to help in the organisation and running of the Charlesworth and Chisworth Carnival!

To help us continue to put on the Carnival that you have all come to know and love we are looking for enthusiastic people to join the organising committee and/or to help out on Carnival day itself.

On the same note to ensure that we can continue to provide the sort of day that people have come to expect we would be very interested to hear from any one who has the urge to donate to a worthwhile cause, or who has a fundraising idea that they would be willing to run . Just a reminder that Charlesworth and Chisworth Carnival is not a profit making enterprise.

We’re also putting collection boxes in local shops so if you see any please donate your loose change.

Thank you.

The Carnival Parade

The Charlesworth & Chisworth Carnival parade route will begin outside St. Margaret’s School in Gamesley at 12.30 on carnival Saturday, and end about 20 minutes later at the Village Green.

Enter a float in the 2019 parade!

To apply please download and complete the PDF entry form below, detach and return to the address at the bottom.

Parade Entry form 2019

Dear Prospective Royalty,

Carnival 2019 is fast approaching and we need our Carnival Royalty!

Just like last year

Simply this means that the entries are open to both boys and girls.

In addition this year we MAY be able to provide vehicles for the Carnival Royalty so watch this space!

Do you think you have what it takes?

Just check it’s okay with your grown up (as there’s some work involved for them) and fill in a Royalty application form. Then return it to your school or to the address at the bottom of the form.

Closing date for entries is Friday 3rd May 2019

Scarecrow Competition

CARNIVAL 2019 Scarecrow Competition!

Scarecrows are back & we can announce the theme for this year is “Treading the boards”

After the huge success of the village panto we’ve been inspired to ask for theatrical crows. It could be another Charlesworth themed Cinders or a stunning Ugly Sister? Maybe the Phantom, one of the 7 dwarfs or Mamma Mia? Whether panto is your thing, you love the west end or you’re a Royal Exchange lover get your creative caps on!!

Entry forms can be downloaded here!
Trail maps and voting forms can be downloaded here!

Attractions on the Rec!

As ever there will be a wide range of different food and drink stalls with live entertainment from different local bands whilst you eat and drink!

There will also be a big variety of children’s activities and stalls selling all kinds of different products on the field on the day.

If you would like to have a stall or concession on the Rec this Carnival Day then please take a look at our HOW TO BOOK A STALL OR CONCESSION page by clicking on the text in bold!

Fell Race

The results for the Senior Fell and Junior Fell Races 2019 are now in! Please click on the links below to see the results!

Senior Fell Race

Under 15 Junior Fell Race

Under 11 Junior Fell Race

Under 9 Junior Fell Race

For full information and entry forms please see our Fell Race page.

Senior Fell Race

Fancy testing yourself on some of Charlesworth’s meanest fells? The senior fell race is a punishing 3 (and a bit!) mile run up Coombes Rocks and down the other side.

Race Start Time: 2:30pm

Junior Fell Race

For those aged under 14, there is a choice of 3 different fell races, according to age.

Race Start Time:
6-8yrs – 3:30pm
9-10yrs – 3:40pm
11-13yrs – 3:40pm

The Raffle

Carnival Bonanza 2019 tickets are coming soon so please keep an eye out for them in the local shops! Alternatively contact us and we will be happy to sell you some tickets!

The full rules for the Carnival Bonanza can be found by clicking here.