Your guide to what’s happening at Aldeburgh Carnival.
THE PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
Here’s a flavour of what you can expect to see over the three days of Carnival.
Saturday 19th August 2023
LIVE MUSIC ON THE BEACH
Featuring local artistes performing on the beach.
Come along and get a good “seat on the beach” pick up some food and drinks from the vendors on the Moot Green, local shops, or bring some from home and enjoy a few hours on Saturday afternoon relaxing on the beach listening to local artistes.
Music Day sponsors:
EAST ANGLIAN KITE FLYERS
Weather permitting, displays of spectacular giant kites will take place all day onthe beach opposite Wentworth Hotel.
Iluminated kites will fly at dusk (approx. 8.00p.m.) on Saturday.
On Saturday and Sunday at 4.30 p.m.
Ducks are on sale between 10.00a.m. and 4.00 p.m. on the Moot Hall Greens for just £1.
generous cash prizes sponsored by Aldeburgh Yacht Club.
Sunday 20th August 2023
10k Mini Marathon sponsor:
AND ON THE MOOT HALL GREENS
The Egg Boat Race
A challenge for inventors, to carry an unbroken, raw chicken egg across the Model Yacht Pond.
Ducks on sale between 10.00am and 4.00pm
on the Moot Hall greens for just £1.
Generous cash prizes sponsored by Aldeburgh Yacht Club
10/10 Treasure Hunt!
Find 10 items, and answer 10 clues
All clues can be found between Crag Path and the beach.
Prizes for 11 years and under, and 12 years and over.
Entry form £1.00 – collect from Silent auction gazebo; draw table; or when you buy your duck!
Punch and Judy
Two chances to enjoy this classic event.
United songs of praise
On the greens north of the Moot Hall.
EAST ANGLIAN KITE FLYERS
Monday 21st August 2023
3.45pm from the Moot Hall, and down the High Street.
Practice your skills for the Waiters Race on Carnival Day: –
The Challenge – Carry a tray holding a bottle of champagne, glass and ashtray from the Moot Hall to the White Hart (All provided)
Entry – Open to All
Arrive at Moot Hall by 2.30pm – Race starts at 2.55pm
Entry Fee – £20 (entrants keep the champagne!)
Prize – overnight stay for two at The Suffolk including dinner and breakfast
Sponsored by The Suffolk
Prepare your entry in the carnival procession
RNLI and HM Coastguard Air-Sea Rescue demonstration
Event is subject to weather conditions.
SUFFOLK SCHOOL OF SAMBA, POP CHorus & MILITARY BAND PERFORMANCES IN THE HIGH STREET
Spectacular music to get you dancing.
Carnival Queen Crowning at the Moot Hall
The Carnival Queen is crowned at the Moot Hall.
Swimming Races in the sea
A long-standing tradition – join other swimmers in a sea race.
Also happening over Carnival weekend
Lucky Duck races (Saturday and Sunday)
The Carnival Draw (available from the Draw Table in the High Street from mid-July)
Spot The Window
Rides for the children, including the famous gallopers
Arts, crafts, gifts, food, drink and other trade stalls near the Moot Hall
Decorated Premises competition
Carnival Queen historic photo gallery
Please buy a Carnival programme for full event details.
Buy your souvenir programme online
For full details of what’s happening and when, event information, town map and the Which Advert quiz.
It costs over £45,000 a year for a dedicated team of volunteers to organise Aldeburgh Carnival.
Your £3 goes a long way, and without this income we wouldn’t be able to organise Aldeburgh Carnival. Programmes can be purchased in the online Shop, as well as in various retail outlets locally in the lead up to Carnival.
Award-winning family entertainment
In 2018, against some well-established competitors, we were delighted to win the East Anglian Daily Times/Eastern Daily Press award for Family Tourism Event of the Year. Aldeburgh Carnival is organised entirely by volunteers. Come and see why we won the award.
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Carnival 2023 dates
Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th and Monday 21st August 2023