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Top marks for our 2024 Creative Competition!

Three local school children have got top marks for creating artwork which depicts Ilkley Carnival’s Mardi Gras theme! Addingham Primary School’s Alice Cheeseman (7), Ashlands Primary pupil Matilda Hitchcock (10) and Ghyll Royd’s Samuel Weller (10) were voted as the top entrants in this year’s Ilkley Carnival Creative Cover Competition, with Samuel announced as the […]

Flamboyance and celebrations as a Mardi Gras ‘take over’ comes to Ilkley Carnival 2024!

Ilkley will be transformed into a sea of colour, music, street performers and a fabulous feel-good atmosphere when the Mardi Gras-themed parade comes to town on 6 May. The theme of Ilkley Carnival 2024 is announced this week as “Mardi Gras” and children from primary beneficiary organisation AWARE (Airedale and Wharfedale Autism Resource) joined carnival […]

2024 primary beneficiary announced

Ilkley Carnival has announced its 2024 primary beneficiary as parent-run autism support group, AWARE. With more than 20 applications and a shortlist of three organisations invited to meet the Ilkley Carnival committee this week, AWARE – Airedale and Wharfedale Autism Resource – was selected for its bid to fund a residential trip to build the […]

A bumper fundraising year for Ilkley Carnival

Ilkley Carnival has raised just over £24k for local good causes thanks to a year of incredible community involvement and support for the 2023 Coronation themed event. A range of local organisations and groups will now benefit from this year’s profits including Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society and Ben Rhydding Scouts and Guides. The theatre group, […]

Our Chairman thanks ‘unseen’ stars of Ilkley Carnival 2023

Our Chairman, Andrew Stacey, has paid tribute to the unseen stars of the event after a huge turnout on bank holiday Monday. “Wow, that was a Carnival that showcased Ilkley far and wide, securing regional and national coverage in both screen and print. The media coverage captured the quality and creativity of every single participant […]

Countdown to Coronation-themed Carnival begins!

The clock is ticking as the countdown begins to what is being billed as Ilkley’s “most spectacular” carnival ever! Dressed to depict The Coronation, more than 1,000 people – including pupils from every Ilkley primary school – will assemble on The Grove to process through the streets, finishing at the carnival showground on Monday May […]

Ilkley Rocks and Acoustic Marquee

Ilkley Rocks and Acoustic Marquee 2023 Once again Ilkley Rocks and the new Acoustic Marquee will showcase some of the best local musical talent! Throughout the afternoon, Ilkley Carnival’s mini music festival will feature a line up of bands, duos and solo performers including: Finishers Finishers are an Ilkley-based covers band who have been playing […]