Stay Safe, Stay Well, Make a Scarecrow!


The Carnival Committee are pleased to announce the return of our village scarecrows for the month of June 2021. 

Scarecrows can start to appear from Tuesday 1st June, and judging will take place during the week leading up to what would have been 2021 Carnival Day - Saturday, 26th June. 

Please remember to leave room for socially distanced viewing when you put them on display. 

Rosettes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, plus Highly Commended. Additional details of our childrens drawing competition will be published here later in April!


It is with much regret the Dormansland Carnival Committee have to announce the 2021 carnival has now been cancelled. With the Covid pandemic still ongoing, and no firm end date in sight, like so many other local and national events it is nigh impossible to guarantee social distancing so the decision has been taken out of our hands.  

However, 2021 WILL still definitely see the return of the Scarecrows where anything goes.  They don’t need to be complicated and can be made using items readily found in any home (cardboard, newspaper, old clothes, wire, old hats, etc.).   It is always such fun seeing them pop up all over the village in early June.  A sign that summer is back, and it certainly brings joy and laughter to warm evening strolls.  

Your continued support is much appreciated, and we will be back in touch in late summer when planning for the 2022 event will start.

Stay safe, stay well  …. make a scarecrow!

Highlights from 2019.

Thank you to those children who entered our programme cover competition. The standard was very high but our judge, Flick Stainthorpe made the very hard decision. The pictures looked great on the programmes. Well done to
Charlie Seal & Chloe Wood who won 1st & 2nd prizes respectively :-)

Thank you also to all those organisations/groups who entered floats for the procession. This year's judges was Actress Karen Martin and the prizes went to Mother's & Toddlers with their plight of the pandas theme and to Urban Saints for for best interpretation of the theme with there multi-faceted entry!  The standard was very high again this year :-)

The Carnival kicked off with a procession at 1pm. 2019 saw 7 amazing entries. Many thanks to Trevor Munns, Urban Saints, Mothers & Toddlers, YWI, the Horticultoral Society, Dormansland Primary School and the League of Friends of St John. Your efforts were greatly appreciated.

The Recreation Ground is filled with side shows, stalls, refreshment tents including a committee-run beer tent (with thanks for donations from the local pubs -  Old House at Home , The Plough and The Royal Oak), tea tent bought to you by the Dormansland Evening WI and games for children and adults alike. The music kicked off at 5pm with a Children's Disco! 

And for our canine friends... the ever popular dog show with a category for everyone from prettiest/handsomist to waggiest tail!!

Take part in the community art project brought to you by Dormansland Baptist Church.

The Children's races are always popular!

The Flower Festival at St John's church was also on the weekend. Why not check out the photos here?

The Carnival is run by a group of local volunteers. Why not join us?
See the Procession Route here!