Sheringham carnival events unveiled

Bungee jumping, a talent contest, bikini dip and street races are just some of the events set to make this year's Sheringham Carnival one to remember.

The carnival runs from Saturday, July 30 to Sunday, August 7 when the week long programme of events culminates in parade day.

This year one of the new events which has been introduced is bungee jumping. Carnival chairman Stuart McClean, who came up with the idea, said: 'The idea is get 50 people to pay �70 a head which will help pay for the bungee jumping itself, then anything they raise above that �70 can go to a charity of their choice.'

Currently there are still 18 places left to be filled and anyone interested is urged to contact Mr McClean direct on 01263 824987.

There will also be a Norfolk has Talent competition. The art, literary and photographic competition is open to all ages, with classes split into age groups for judging and prizes. Forms for the competition, which has a closing date of July 1, can be downloaded from the carnival website or from any tourist information centre in Norfolk.

There will also be the traditional bikini dip on the central beach in Sheringham, a golf competition, a sandcastle competition, a car boot and mind body and spirit fair and a 'mega' raffle which is running up until August 5.

There have been several changes made to the long-running event by a new set of organisers, who took over in response to a mass resignation of former officials for a variety of reasons.

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Changes include the scrapping of all outsider street caterers in the town centre so it does not undermine local food businesses, and switching the parade day to Sunday so more traders can get involved.

Mr McClean said: 'The whole idea is to make the carnival family-orientated and to try and please the shopkeepers as well.'

There will also be an expansion of the town races, which were reintroduced last year, and a family-orientated fun day at Cookies field.

After Sunday's parade - on a route shortened to make it easier for the young and elderly - there will be fireworks off the beach, which the whole town will be able to see, from 9.30pm.

For details on any of the events and the carnival itself, contact 01263 823546, email or visit for details.


Some of the events taking place during carnival week

Mind, Body and Spirit health fayre, Sheringham Community Centre, Saturday, July 30, 10am - 5pm

Crowning day, Sunday, July 31, The Leas near The Burlington Hotel, Sheringham, 2pm. Crowning of the carnival queen and attendants and the prince and princess, Crowning by Alice Minter, believed to be Sheringham's oldest resident at 100-years-old.

Street races day - Wednesday, August 3, (with a park and ride service provided by Sanders Coaches between Cookie's field and the town).

Five-a-side football tournament on Lifeguard's beach, Friday, August 5, 2pm.

Family fun day - Cookie's field on Saturday, August 6 (with the bungee jump from midday until 3pm).

Parade day - Sunday, August 7, parade leaves Station Road car park at 4pm.

Other carnival diary dates

A midsummer ball is being held at Pinewoods, High Kelling, on June 18, with live music from Chibber. Tickets for the black tie event are �25.

Artist Martin Sexton is doing a watercolour demonstration at St Peter's Church, Sheringham, on July 19 at 7pm.

Raft Race August 21 - with rafts built in advance, the event includes a barbecue and music at Ellie's Cafe.