Welcome to the Official Wem Carnival Website
Wem Carnival was first held in 1911, used as a way in which to commemorate the Coronation of King George V. That procession consisted of the members of Wem TT Band, the local Scout troupe, members of the U.D.C. masters and pupils of the near-by Grammar School, British School and National School, the Friendly Societies (in their full regalia, including their banners) and the areas parishioners and townsfolk in fancy dress. This was followed by sports events, a dance on the Castle Field, and entertainment at the Cricket Pavilion. The evening consisted of a procession by torchlight, and a Cycle Carnival.
From that day to the present, interest in the Carnival itself has meandered, some years fully focused on it others it was neglected completely. Through wartime and the 60s its popularity sunk, but was revised fruitfully in 1978 – and has continued every year subsequently, with the original format of the 1911 Carnival still in use to this day.
On Sunday 21st June, we held an afternoon of quacking fun at Wem Mill, with our annual Duck Race. The winners are as follows:
1st Place is Duck Number 859…21st June 2015
@MCCafeBistro - Wem Carnival may not compete with Rio - but, if you want to see fab floats - then today you need to be in Wem
@@wem_carnival, the standard of float decoration and design is very highGreat afternoon at
@HomeYardBard "For a great day, with lots of fun, today @wem_carnival you should head. Parades at 1.30 and 7.45 run, best day around it's said."
"A delightful family day out for FREE! Two parades 1.30 & 7.45 through the town featuring the very best standard of floats, fancy dress and colourful dance troupes along with some of the best bands in the country - you will be pleasantly surprised what a brilliant carnival our small Town has to offer"
@MillieMolly "Loving Wem carnival. Looking forward to this evening's illuminated parade. Even giddier with excitement now!"
@Emma_stfc "fabulous time at the carnival!"