Back to the future with Acton Carnival

Acton Carnival will be stepping back in time with this year’s theme ‘Acton old town – new town’ celebrating more than 100 years of the carnival.

Ealing Council and Acton Arts Forum will bring the special sparkle and community buzz back to this year’s carnival on Saturday, 9 July in Acton Park, W3.

The spectacular carnival procession leaves Woodlands Park at 12 noon, travels down Acton High Street and into Acton Park.

The main stage will be headlined by reggae singer Winston Reddy. He is best known for hits like “Paradise In Your Eyes”, “Moi Emma Oh” and “Dim The Lights” which saw him crowned as Britain’s best Reggae singer three years running.

The park will be alive with the carnival feeling with stalls selling delicious food and drinks from around the globe. There will also be activities for all the family, a funfair and an “art zone” with lots of arts and crafts workshops. Celebrations will continue in the park until 7pm.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “Being able to celebrate more than 100 years of community spirit is an amazing achievement. People of all ages get involved in the carnival from the handmade procession costumes to performing on the main stage – making it a truly special event.”

The Director of Acton Arts Forum, Rachel Pepper said: “Costumes have been created, music rehearsed and dances prepared for what is an important date in the community calendar.  This has become a family celebratory event that brings diverse communities together.”

The carnival will run from midday to 7pm in Acton Park. Entry is £2 per person and children aged 12 and under are free. A family ticket is £5, which covers entry for two adults and up to three children aged 12-16.

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The programme is jointly programmed by The Event Umbrella and Acton Carnival Committee.