Can you spot yourself in our gallery of pictures from Wells Carnival?

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson - Credit: Archant

Thousands lined the streets of Wells-next-the-Sea to enjoy a highlight in the coastal town’s calendar.

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson - Credit: Archant

Residents and visitors were out in their droves for Wells Carnival yesterday afternoon (August 3), bearing witness to a colourful procession which did the town proud.

Entertainment began at 11.30am and continued into the early afternoon, before the carnival procession itself started at 3pm.

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson - Credit: Archant

As is tradition, the junior town crier was then crowned before the final night party got under way.

The festival concluded with a commemoration of the devastating blaze which tore through St Nicholas Church 140 years ago. A light show and beacon lighting brought the festival to a close for another year.

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson - Credit: Archant


You may also want to watch:


Kenny Greenfield, the event compere, said: "We've put on about 100 events this week, all organised by local people who have given up their time to bring happiness and joy.

"You normally find that people who have previously left Wells come back especially for the carnival to meet their friends who they haven't seen in years."

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson - Credit: Archant

Most Read

Saturday's party was the culmination of a week of events across the town, which started last Saturday (July 27) as the bells rang out and the town's duck race was held.

The wooden fishing boat regatta on Sunday (July 28) saw an 83-year-old vessel join 15 others, as visitors met with owners to learn about the crab and whelk industry.

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson - Credit: Archant

Elsewhere, the town fete saw growers, bakers and crafters take part in a produce competition, while Kelly White was crowned Carnival Queen.

During the week there were summer holiday workshops for children, live music at The Maltings and a sandcastle competition on the beach.

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson - Credit: Archant

Gary Brown, who was making his first trip to the carnival with his family, said: "We've been to Wells a few times but it's our first time for the carnival and we're loving it.

"It's got a real good English feel to it and a brilliant atmosphere. It's been great to see everyone make such an effort with their fancy dress."

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson - Credit: Archant

Ten-year-old Darcy Blake, who was on the carnival's RNLI float, added: "I think it's really important to notice what the RNLI do because they save lots of lives.

"It's exciting to parade down the street and I've had a really good time."

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson - Credit: Archant

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Wells Carnival 2019. Picture: Ella Wilkinson - Credit: Archant

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus