Holsworthy Carnival

  Holsworthy Carnival 2021

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Marshalls preparing for the event.
After a break due to covid Holsworthy Carnival was held again on Saturday 20th November 2021.
It was well attended with a nice selection of floats.

  Holsworthy Carnival 2016

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Holsworthy Carnival now has its own website. Please visit:

www.holsworthycarnival.co.uk (copy & paste into a new browser window - this will not link automatically)

It also has its own Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/HolsworthyLions (copy & paste into a new browser window - this will not link automatically)

If you have any questions regarding this year's carnival please visit the website and/or Facebook page.

You can also contact us at the following email address:


The carnival will take place on Saturday 19 November. Information regarding classes, the timetable, and road closures is set out below.


18.15 Registration cut-off – floats (Industrial Estate)
18.30 Judging of floats commences (Industrial Estate)
18.45 Registration cut-off - walkers (Football Club)
18.45 Crowning of the Holsworthy Carnival Royalty (White Hart Hotel balcony)
18.55 Judging of walkers’ classes (Football Club)
19.00 Display by Samba Band (Holsworthy Square)
19.30 Procession departs Industrial Estate
21.00 Carnival Finishes


R1. Best Carnival Queen Tableau
R2. Best Fairy Queen Tableau
R3. Best Carnival Queen Car
R4. Best fairy Queen Car

Children’s Classes
C1. Individual under 11 years (Walking)
C2. Individual 11-16 years (Walking)
C3. Pairs Under 11 Years (Walking)
C4. Pairs 11-16 Years (Walking)
C5. Groups Under 11 Years (Walking)
C6. Groups 11-16 Years (Walking)
C7. Decorated Wheeled Vehicle (Not motorised)
C8. Children’s Tableau Float (Organisations)
C9. Children’s Tableau Float (Non-Organisations)

Adult Classes
A1. Artistic Tableau/Float (Open)
A2. Artistic Tableau Float (Local)
A3. Young Farmers Club
A4. Individual Adults (Walking)
A5. Pairs and groups Adults (Walking)
A6. Decorated Wheeled vehicle (Not motorised)
A7. Tradesman’s Tableau/Float
A8. Vintage


The official times of the road closures are as follows:

Between the hours of 18:00 and 22:00:

River Tamar Way, Dobles Lane, A388 North Road, A388 Fore Street, Bodmin Street, Croft Road, Victoria Street, Victoria Hill, Western Road

Between the hours of 16:00 and Midnight:

The Square, Holsworthy

However, it is our intention to open the roads as soon as possible after the parade has passed through and we do not anticipate all the roads being closed for all of that time. The exception will be The Square and Fore St (from Bodmin St to the Memorial Hall) which will definitely be closed between 4pm and 10pm.


The alternative, signed, route for vehicles will be via–

A388 diversion – Holsworthy Beacon, C493 to Anvil Corner, A3072 to Coles Mill

A3072 diversion – Coles Mill, Underlane, Derriton, Pyworthy, Derril, C520 to Holsworthy golf club

More information is available on the Town Council's website at


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Holsworthy Carnival – the last carnival of the season took place on Saturday 21st November on a very cold and occasionally rainy evening.

The visiting Carnival Royalty were judged by the Mayor, Portreeve, Town Crier, Pretty Maid and Freeman of the town of Holsworthy. Holsworthy Carnival's Queen of Queens was awarded to the Okehampton Carnival Queen Evie Woods. This year's overall Fairy Queen award went to Holly and Joshua Wale from Hatherleigh.

The idea to have Holsworthy's oldest living Carnival Queen assisting the other judges was put on hold, for this year at least. It was felt that the long evening would be a bit too much – especially given coldness of the day.

As part of Carnival, Holsworthy & District Lions also took over the running of the annual Window Dressing/Spot the Deliberate Mistake Competition Four independent judges from Bude judged the displays and the winner was Andrea Furmage of Floral Designs. She was presented with the trophy by Club President Brian Withal. Highly Commended Certificates went to Up Market and The Card Kabin.

This year, Holsworthy & District Lions reintroduced an old tradition that was stopped in the 1970s by crowning the Holsworthy Carnival Queen and Fairy Queen on the balcony of the White Hart Hotel in the centre of town.

More than 20 floats took part in the Carnival and there were dozens of entrants on foot. The route around Holsworthy was packed with people watching, despite the miserable weather.

The best tableau award was presented to "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" entered by the Dilling, Wonnacott, Squire, King and Bater families from Highampton. Special mention should also go to "Mechanical Circus" entered By Kay Stevens from Hatherleigh – a stunning fire-breathing float that was not judged in the official competition due to a broken generator.

  Holsworthy Carnival 2014

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Holsworthy Carnival took place on 15 November 2014. These are a selection of photographs from the evening.


Sun 22 May 2022
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