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Children’s tickets apply to under 16 year olds.

For some events early booking is advised

Event Tickets
foodAugust Opening Hours
Carnival Cake at Hobbs House Bakery
Carnival season cake available daily — apple & sultana bread pudding with a hint of spice & a
cider glaze. 20% of the profits to carnival
Just turn up!
icon-kidsTuesday 1st August until Saturday 5th August Various
Children and Young People’s Book Festival – Malmesbury Library
Activities and events for all ages; including creative writing sessions, Harry Potter afternoon, and author’s events with Laura James, Rachel Ward, Sharon Tregenza, Maudie Smith, Angie Morgan & Fleur Hitchcock.
Free – Available from Library – 01666 823611
icon-dramaThurday 3rd August until Saturday 5th August 7.30pm
Athelstan Players Revue – Gone but not Forgotten – St Marys Hall,
2016 saw the passing of many great artists. The Players’ Revue this year pays tribute to them in music and sketches.
Adult: £7.00
Concession: £5.50
Available from Miles Morgan Travel
icon-OutdoorSunday 6th August 1.30pm-5.30pm
Open Gardens – Around Malmesbury
Enjoy strolling around our ancient town and discovering a wide variety of wonderful spaces; with tea and cake available. Map in advance from the Town Hall or on the day from a garden.
Adults £6.00
Children: Free
Pay at event
TalksMonday 7th August 7.30pm
Illustrated talk – Mountain Adventures from Malmesbury – St Marys Hall,
The tale of a journey that led from enthusiastic weekend walker to professional International Mountain Leader and Nordic Walking National Coach
£5.00 Online or from TIC

TalksTuesday 8th August 7.30pm
Music Quiz – The Horse Guards, Brokenborough
A fun evening of music themed questions, for up to 18 teams of four people; with the opportunity to enjoy a delicious pre-quiz meal.
£14 (Team of 4) available from TIC or The Horse Guards, Brokenborough
icon-dramaWednesday 9th August 8.00pm
4014 Open Mic – The Rose and Crown Lower High street
All performers, and audience, are welcome at this informal evening of playing and sharing music; we will provide PA, keyboard and guitar.
Donation at event – Just Turn Up
outdoorThursday 10th August 7.00-9.00pm
Nordic Walking Taster; Come and try Nordic Walking
Start point given on booking – Book via, Donation at event
icon-dramaFriday 11th August 7.30pm
Carnival Ceilidh – St Marys Hall
Put your best foot forward to the Cartwheel Ceilidh band. All dances are called so no prior knowledge is necessary!
£8.00 Online or from TIC

outdoorSaturday 12th August 10.30am -12.30 pm
Nordic Walking Taster – Come and try Nordic Walking
Start point given on booking – Book via, Donation at event
dramaSaturday 12th August 7.30pm
Comedy Night – St Marys Hall
Enjoy a varied night of stand-up comedy with new compere Dan Thomas, who has toured with Russell Kane. This year’s comedians are Neil McFarlane, previous finalist in Jongleurs’ Comic Idol competition;Rick Keisewetter ‘Punchy observational gags’ Evening Standard; and radio and television performer, Alan Francis. Sponsor, Duncan Joyce and Associates
£10.00 Online or from TIC

outdoorSunday 13th August 9.00am
Steve’s Walk – Meet at Town hall
Car sharing from Cross Hayes for about a 5 mile circular countryside walk with the chance of pub lunch to follow. Participants are responsible for their own safety.
Meet outside town hall, Donate at event
foodTuesday 15th August 7.00 pm
Cheese and Wine tasting at Thomas of Malmesbury
Join Michael for a delicious selection. This event sold out last year – so please book early to secure your ticket, as numbers will be limited. 20% of the profits to carnival
Pre booking only. £6.00 from TIC & Carnival web site
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foodWednesday 16th August 7.30pm
Amanda’s food quiz and supper
Food quiz and light supper, price includes glass of wine. This event sold out last year – so please book early to secure your ticket, as numbers will be limited. 20% of the profits to carnival
£15.00 per couple, Pre-booking only at Amanda’s Bistro
TalksWednesday 16th August 7.00pm
Malmesbury 1917 – Town Hall
Continuing Charles Vernon’s fascinating series of illustrated talks about Malmesbury during the First World War. Conditions in the town became more difficult as the war progressed. A shortage of food, increased prices and a grocer forced into bankruptcy. Stricter black-out leading to injuries. Appeals continued against conscription whilst a few conscripts went absent. Parcels were packed for prisoners of war. The hospital expanded again.
On the war front a local lad described his ordeal after his ship was torpedoed, a pilot became an air ace whilst the Earl of Suffolk and 18 other local men died. With thanks to the Civic Trust.
£5.00 Online or from TIC
drama"Thurday 17th August 7.30pm
The Carrivick sisters – St Marys Hall
The Carrivick Sisters are one of the UK’s top young bluegrass and folk acts. Twins Laura and Charlotte perform their original songs and instrumentals along with a few carefully chosen covers on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, and clawhammer banjo. They are the “pick of the crop” Daily Telegraph. Sponsored by Sweetnam and Bradley 
£9.00 Online or from TIC
For some events early booking is advised

Event Tickets
icon-dramaFriday 18th August 7.30pm
Dickens on Dickens – Town Hall
Gerald Dickens has worked as an actor, director and producer for many years and has developed one man shows around the life and works of his illustrious great great grandfather, Charles. Tonight’s performance will be based on Nicholas Nickleby and will showcase many of its great characters, such as Wackford Squeers. “Not a reading or a dramatization, but the best of both”
£12.00 each Online or from TIC

outdoorSaturday 19th August 2.00pm
Guided History Walk – Town Hall
Accompany guides from the Civic Trust on a ‘Steeple Chase’ around the churches and chapels of the town. Visit sites associated not only with the Church of England and Roman Catholic Church but numerous Protestant sects. Their development and people associated with them will be described. Malmesbury Civic Trust has sought to enhance and improve the town since 1963.
Meet outside Town-hall
Under 16: £3.00
16 and over: £5.00
Tickets available from Athelstan Museum
icon-kidsSaturday 19th August 12.00pm-7.00pm
Family Fun Day at The Red Bull
BBQ food, bouncy castle, family boule competition and fun and games for all the family. 20% of the profits to carnival
Just Turn Up!

Saturday 19th August 7.30pm
Tribal Belly Dancers – Town Hall

The Tribal Belly Dancers and guests perform in both traditional and fusion styles. Over 18s.
£7.00 Online or from TIC

SuChessnday 20th August 7.00pm (film commences at 7.30)
Carnival Film – The Big Sleep – St Marys Hall
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. A classic film-noir full of sharp dialogue, wit and a fast-paced plot. You may have seen it on the television, but nothing beats the big screen! Sponsored by Blount and Maslin
£5.00 pay at event (members free)
foodSunday 20th August  Opening Hours
Summer Cafe Vintage tea Party
Homemade scones, strawberries, cream and lashings of tea, served in vintage teacups. Children’s colouring competition throughout the day. 20% of the profits to carnival
Just turn up!
icon-talksMonday 21st August 7.00pm – St Marys Hall
First aid
Feel more confident of your ability to help in an emergency – the course is non-certificated but is given by qualified trainers
Donations at event, To book a place email
foodTuesday 22nd August 7.00pm
Wine Tasting dinner at The Whole Hog
This regular Carnival favourite will once again be hosted by Mike Kemp and his team. Sponsored by Sprayrite
£40.00 – Online or from TIC – Pre-booking Only

icon-talksWednesday 23rd August 7.30pm
Malmesbury Perspectives at The Town Hall
A selection of short films about the town and its residents; made by local people, about local people. Sponsored by Abbey Communications
£6.00 Online or from TIC

foodWednesday 23rd August 5pm – until closing
Tapas Evening at The Secret Bar
Pick and mix dishes with a Spanish flavour to accompany your drinks. 20% of the profits to carnival
Just turn up – Prices vary
icon-talksThursday 24th August 7.30pm
Illustrated History Talk at Town Hall
Local historian, Tony McAleavy, on “Unhappy Families: Thomas Hobbes and his childhood in the strange world of late Elizabethan Malmesbury”
£7.00 Online or from TIC

icon-outdoorFriday 25th August 8.30pm
Bat Walk – Conygre Mead, Station Road End
Hosted by Malmesbury River Valleys Trust. Use sonic detectors to listen to bats.
£3.00 Each or £5.00 per family. Pay at event
icon-talksFriday 25th August 7.30pm
Carnival Quiz at Town Hall
An enjoyable evening where your quizzing skills will be well and truly tested – sponsored by Malmesbury Connections
Tickets £14.00 per team of 4, Online or from TIC

ChessSaturday 26th August 4.00pm-6.00pm
Jazz in the Garden – Avon house, Access via Mill Lane
Enjoy great music in beautiful surroundings with Tiger Tim’s Ragamuffins – traditional and Dixieland good time jazz
Please bring your own chair if possible
£7.50 Online or from TIC

foodSaturday 26th August Opening Hours
Burgers at the Smoking Dog
A great variety of burgers and accompaniments will be available all day. 20% of the profits to carnival.
Just turn up!
foodSaturday 26th August 1.00-2.00pm
Jazz in Jackdaws
Conspiritas have previously played for Carnival in the Old Bell courtyard and the Abbey; a mixture of Bossa Nova and Cool Jazz. 20% of the profits to carnival
Just turn up!
icon-outdoorSunday 27th August 10.00am – 3.30pm
Petticoat Lane – Upper High street
Stroll down the High Street, meeting friends as you seek out bargains from the varied stalls.
If you would like a pitch, please contact Kate on 01666 824361, email us on: or download a pitch request form from our website.
foodSunday 27th August 3.00-6.00pm
Afternoon Tea at Mundens Close, Mill Lane
Homemade scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream with a refreshing cup of tea or coffee – a perfect afternoon break! Sponsored by Knees
Just turn up, £4.50
outdoorSunday 27th August 11.00am
10k Run – Malmesbury Victoria Football Ground
Join your fellow runners on a pleasant and well organised morning circuit round the country lanes. This event is organised by dbmax who kindly make a donation to Carnival.
Prices and entry details at
foodSunday 27th August 6.00pm
BBQ at The Old Bell
This event has been cancelled due to reasons beyond our control, Sorry.
icon-outdoorMonday 28th August 10.00am
Cycle Ride, meet outside The Old Bell
Our traditional Carnival bike ride along quiet country roads; about 20 miles. Participants are responsible for their own safety and all children must be supervised during the ride. Please dress to be seen by other road users!
£5.00 – to include light refreshment en route. Pay at event
ChessMonday 28th August 4.00-9.30pm
Music in the Cloister Gardens at Cloister Garden, Behind the Abbey
A relaxing bank holiday evening of open air music from local artists, including a headline set from The Long Players. NB may be cancelled in the event of adverse weather – check the website and social media. With thanks to Abbey House Gardens, the Abbey and the Town Council for facilitating the event.
£6.00. Children 12 and under – free. Children must be accompanied. Pay at event
foodTuesday 29th August 6.00pm Onwards
Keralan Buffet at the Spice Merchant
Two courses, with accompaniments and soft drinks. Tasty Indian dishes with an emphasis on South Keralan cuisine. 20% of the profits to carnival
Pre booking or on the night £19.95
icon-talksThursday 31st August 7.30pm
Duplicate Bridge at Athelstan house
A singles competition run by Malmesbury Bridge Club. A knowledge of bridge is required.

£4.50, includes refreshments. Pay at event

For some events early booking is advised

Event Tickets
icon-outdoorThursday 31st August and Friday 1st September 6.00pm
Saturday 2nd September 2.00pm
Danters Funfair at Station Road carpark
All the fun of the fair. This event is run by James Danter’s Funfair who kindly make a donation to Carnival. Please note that the car park will be closed to all vehicles from 5.30 on Tuesday 29th August until 1.00 on Sunday 3rd September. The alternative car park will be signed
Just turn up! Remember to bring change for rides.
icon-kids Saturday 2nd September 10.30am registration
Children’s Carnival Mile, at Malmesbury Victoria sports ground
A safe route around the Malmesbury Victoria football ground for children aged 14 and under. All participants receive a medal and there will be prizes for the winners in each age group. With thanks to Malmesbury Victoria Football Club for the use of their ground.
£3.00 per child. Pay at event.
Must be accompanied by an adult
icon-outdoor Saturday 2nd September 6.00pm-8.00pm
Carnival Procession
This needs no introduction; the big Carnival event and major fundraiser for our local good causes. Sponsored by Hilditch Group. Why not be part of it this year? Download an entry form. Please keep yourself and others safe –do not throw money directly at participants, keep your children out of the road, and take extra care if it rains.
Free, Donation at event
icon-outdoor Sunday 3rd September 4.00pm
Carnival Thanksgiving, at The Abbey
A joyous celebration held outside the Abbey, weather permitting. Live music. Do come in your procession costume