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Ilkley Carnival 2021 statement

The Ilkley Carnival committee has had to make the unfortunate decision to cancel the event for a second year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Andrew Stacey, Chairman of Ilkley Carnival committee said: “We had hoped to bring the community together to celebrate May Day, however the Government restrictions unfortunately won’t allow this to happen.  The […]


Ilkley Carnival 2020 cancelled due to the coronvirus outbreak Ilkley Carnival 2020 was due to take place on Sunday 3 May. Over the last few weeks Ilkley Carnival has been monitoring the Coronavirus situation and following guidance and advice from various public bodies.  On Monday the Prime Minister asked the public to avoid gatherings in […]

Annual Ilkley Carnival creative competition

Get involved! Local children to be inspired by carnival creative competition! The annual Ilkley Carnival creative competition is returning for another year as the build-up to the 2020 event begins. This year’s theme, ‘Our Planet’, highlights the importance of environmental issues and the competition encourages children (aged 5-16) to get creative and transform their ideas […]

Helpers – Earn funds for your group by volunteering!

Earn funds for your group by volunteering at Ilkley Carnival As well as our committee, it takes hundreds of volunteers to help stage Ilkley Carnival each year and all helpers have their hours logged against the group they are volunteering for. This allows us to pro-rata hours worked and distribute 50% of our profits to […]

Ilkley Carnival announces environmental theme

Ilkley Carnival announces environmental theme In recognition of the importance of environmental issues our theme on Sunday 3 May will be ‘Our Planet’. The carnival is traditionally held on May Day, but this year the bank holiday has been moved to Friday 8 May to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE day, because of […]