The Eynsham Carnival Parade

Floats and fancy dress entrants assemble in the car park, in Back Lane, at 11.45 am. Decorated Floats are joined by entrants in the Fancy Dress categories, together with any classic vehicles whose owners wish to take part. Anyone wishing to participate should be in the car park by 11.45 am and must make themselves known to the carnival official. The judging of the floats and fancy dress takes place at 12 noon.

The parade route will be officially closed to traffic from 11am - 2pm. We request if you normally park along the parade route that you park elsewhere for the short duration of the parade.

In the nearby Bartholomew’s School lay-by on Witney Road, the other main components of the Parade assemble. They are:

  1. Leaders of the parade

  2. Float carrying the Carnival Queen and her attendants

All these groups then combine on the main road at Clover Place.

The entire spectacular Parade weaves its way through the village, cheered by many enthusiastic on-lookers, arriving on the Carnival Field about 45 minutes later.

Once the Floats are on the field and inside the arena, prizes are awarded in several categories - Children, Adults, Business and Walking Groups of over 10 people.

Judging takes place during the procession as well as on the field, so that performance and decoration are both included.

One of the Children’s Floats will be awarded the special ‘Donna Jones Trophy’ for outstanding effort, in memory of a brave little girl from Eynsham who suffered from leukaemia and who always loved the Carnival.

The Fancy Dress entrants are also judged on the field, in separate age categories, and are awarded prizes - see below the 2017 prizes.

Decorated Vehicles and Large Walking Groups

Class 1 - Children's including walking groups of 10 or more

John Peachey Shield + £150

2nd £75

3rd £25

Class 2 - Adults and Family

Annual Challenge Cup + £150

2nd £75

3rd £25

Class 3 - Business

Jokab Safety Trophy + £150

2nd £75

Class 4 - Donna Jones Trophy

To be awarded from Classes 1-3

Fancy Dress Classes

Class 5 - Mixed groups 2-9 persons

1st £40 — 2nd £25 — 3rd £15

Class 6 - Children up to 7 years

1st £25 — 2nd £15 — 3rd £10

Class 7 - Children aged 8-12

1st £25 — 2nd £15 — 3rd £10

Class 8 - Children aged 13 years and above

1st £25 — 2nd £15 — 3rd £10