Returning for the 64th time, the Fleet and District Carnival will take place on Sunday 7th July this year. So dust off your sun hat, get out the sun cream and get ready for a local festival to remember!

You can enjoy all the usual favourites, with the fun fair, live music, food stalls and a bar. The carnival starts at 10am in Calthorpe Park, there will be a classic car show between 11am and 5pm, the ever popular baby show at 10am and a dog show from 2pm until 5pm. 

If you would like to enter your own little one into the baby show, you will need to be at the Carnival Marquee at 9.45am to fill out the registration form, before the show starts at 10am. There are four selections of age ranges: 3-6 months, 6-9, 9-12 and 12-18 months old, with an entry fee payable of £5. You can fill out the entry form and print it out in advance, which is available here

The dog show offers the opportunity to show off your pooch’s skills and looks, with a variety of entertaining categories, ranging from most heroic dog to best young handler and the best biscuit catch! Prizes are given to first, second and third places, with rosettes presented up to 6th place. The cost per class is just £2, with registration on the day.

Offering a broad range of vehicles from classic British, modern American, hot rod, military cars and motorbikes, the classic car show presents a real treat for the whole family and especially enthusiasts! If you are interested in entering the classic car show, click here for the registration form. 

The grand procession begins on Connaught Road at 12pm and proceeds along Kings Road and the High Street before ending on Calthorpe Park playing fields, with all entrants judged before the start. The theme for this year is Space, with all proceeds going to the local charity of Autism Friendly Fleet.

Live music includes young Irish singer-guitarist Megan Collins, pop and funk from the reinvented The Ultimate Party Band (previously Fuzz Universe) and more, with blues from The Fleet Booze Hounds finishing the music show.

A maker’s market provides the opportunity to purchase locally made gifts and to support small independent businesses, with all of the stalls found outside from 10am to 5pm. You can also enjoy the fun fair throughout the weekend, which starts Friday night and ends on Sunday.

From of all of us here at Mackenzie Smith, have a great time at the carnival and enjoy (fingers firmly crossed) a lovely summer weekend.