About Hornsea Carnival

A Brief History of Hornsea Carnival

A dedicated group of local volunteers has been putting on the Hornsea Carnival since 1967. Although there had been similar events in the years before, 1967 saw the start of the Carnival in its current format.

Throughout its history the carnival has provided fun and entertainment for the community of Hornsea and for many has always signalled the start of the summer holidays. During the heyday of the traditional seaside holidays of the 1960s and 70s the carnival attracted many a celebrity to open the event. Comedians and pop stars of the day would often venture to Hornsea whilst performing at summer seasons in nearby Bridlington and Scarborough.

For many years the Carnival held its launch night on Hornsea seafront where onlookers have been treated to aerial displays from wing walkers and the legendary Red Arrows.

Hornsea celebrated its 50th Carnival in 2016 with a theme of Golden Moments which allowed the town to celebrate and reminisce on the last 50 years. Since 2016 the Carnival Committee have worked tirelessly to grow the event and it is now a key fixture in the Hornsea calendar. In 2017 we launched our slogan “Your Community, Your Carnival” putting the community firmly at the heart of the event. Our community village has grown year on year and showcases Hornsea’s many and varied groups and charities.

At the heart of every years Carnival has been the Parade. Taking place on the Saturday, the community is invited to join the mile long parade route which snakes its away around Hornsea. Entrants have the opportunity to win a variety of rosettes for their decorated floats and vehicles based on the theme of that years carnival. We have seen some very creative entries over the parades history.

Visitors to the Carnival can now enjoy our Friday night launch party with live music, acts and fabulous firework display followed by 2 full days of live entertainment, music, arts & crafts and delicious food. All contained within Hornsea’s beautiful Hall Garth Park.

The event has and always will remain free to enter and the committee remains dedicated to putting on a Carnival for all the local community.

We look forward to welcoming you to Hornsea to celebrate carnival with us this year.