by the community, for the community



Message from the Carnival Committee

Firstly our thanks to everyone who’s contributed, participated, lived and breathed Carnival over the years. By being part of Carnival you will be celebrating something special, an event dating back to at least 1933 (and maybe even before 1542 according to some books !!)

This is Malmesbury’s Carnival: By the Community, For the Community.

Thanks to the efforts of the everyone involved, every year since 2018, Full Carnival has granted over £17,000 to local good causes and charities. With your help, we hope to increase that sum each year.....!

But Carnival is about more than even this. Carnival has always been about connecting the community, raising our town’s profile and having fun too! This is a legacy we are keen to nurture.

On behalf of the committee we would like to thank our sponsors, hosts, players, volunteers and everyone else who helps make Malmesbury Carnival the amazing event it is.

Want to really know more, check out our Facebook page, look at the Website, or come to as many Carnival Events as you can !!

See you at Carnival!

Mike & Paul

Co-Chairs, Malmesbury Carnival


Carnival Committee Members




Spent a life managing the education of small children. So probably feels right at home co-leading this Committee….!! Possibly part of the Burni-Row mafia.
Mike H
Likes sophistication in electronics and excel spreadsheets, plumbing, and beer. But not necessarily in that order. Potentially another member of the Burni-Row mafia.
The human dynamo. Connect Linzi to the National Grid and you've solved Climate Change.  Simply organises everything.
Controls the purse strings and won't allow Committee to use Carnival funds at the bar… Another member of the Burni-Row mafia
Andy D

Welcoming back an old face to the Committee. Andy has organised and led Procession for many years. Stress ?? More than outweighed by the successful delivery of Carnival’s most popular Event !!

Ever read and enjoyed the Jackdaw, previously the Carnival Times ?? A hard working, genuine humourist. And nearly 40 years experience with Carnival…
Relentless in the search for sponsorship and constantly stunned by the level of local business support. And health and safety - what could possibly go wrong ??!!
We think that surface charm hides a steel core. But we only ever see the surface charm !!
Just moved to Malmesbury. But hang on, didn't he live in that same house before he moved to Bath ?? Claims he came back 'cos Bath doesn't have a Carnival…!!
Surely spends most of his life counting children. Then realised another one had arrived !! Our congratulations !!
Wish we could run 10k as quick as Sarah !!
Steve D

Another returnee to Malmesbury (you can take the man out of Malmesbury, but you can’t take Malmesbury out of the man !!). Bringing welcome skills and enthusiasm to the Committee.

Our thanks to previous Committee Members

We’d like to thank 2020 Committee members Steve Cox, Sally Walker, Jo Goldsack, Stewart Bannister, Margaret Williams, Kate Hazel, and Kate James for their sterling efforts.


Stick with us, this bit is more interesting than it sounds!
  • The Committee are all Volunteers (and as such they should get an orange at Christmas. At least one).
  • You can Volunteer in our Annual General Meeting. It's in December each year and we'll publish the date on the web site and on Facebook 
  • Be prepared for hard work, fun, hard work, a real sense of reward and hard work. Have we got the message across?

Would you like to Volunteer? We'd love to hear from you via our Volunteers Page

Malmesbury Carnival is registered with the Charities Commission, our registration is 1144055. Carnival has a Constitution and By-Laws. As a Charity, Carnival has Trustees.

The Charities Commission says:

Trustees are the people who lead the charity and decide how it is run. Being a trustee means making decisions that will impact on people's lives. Depending on what the charity does, you will be making a difference to your local community or to society as a whole.Trustees use their skills and experience to support their charities, helping them achieve their aims. Trustees also often learn new skills during their time on the board.

We can't argue with that.

Carnival has Officers. We have a Chairperson (or two co-chairs in 2022). Also a Deputy Chair, Treasurer, Secretary. Most of the Trustees are also Officers.

Then we have the Committee. As many as you like because there's a lot to do...

So what do they all do?
  • Organise Carnival
  • Book locations
  • Book acts
  • Chalk out pitches for Petticoat Lane
  • Collect raffle prizes from local businesses
  • Organise printing of posters
  • Meet people (lots of people)
  • Put the barriers out for Procession
  • Encourage Grant Applications for local causes
  • and... ensure Carnival is enjoyable to everyone – including themselves!
And they all make a difference to our local community and help ensure Malmesbury continues to be that very special place to live!

Malmesbury Carnival Community Radio is live from 6pm on Thursday 1st September to Sunday 4th September