Wokingham Winter Carnival

2021 sees the return of our Wokingham Winter Carnival on Sunday 28 November, subject to Covid restrictions, but sadly this will not include the Parade.

With around 100 stalls, allowing for social distancing between them, funfair rides that will be fenced in with entrance and exits and performances taking place in Peach Place there will be lots to do and see.

You’ll also see many more marshals around this year to avoid any bottlenecks in areas around the Carnival.

And at the end of the day we’ll have the switching on of the Christmas tree lights with carol singing led by the Mayor’s Chaplain.

So, put Sunday 28 November in your diary and keep an eye on our Facebook page for more updates and information. We look forward to seeing you there.

In the meantime stay safe, stay alert, control the virus, save lives

Chairman’s Welcome 2021

It gives me great pleasure to welcome everyone to our 2021 Wokingham Winter Carnival.

This is my fifth year as Chairman of the Winter Carnival and l would once again like to say a very big THANK YOU to all my excellent Committee members, they are all volunteers from all sectors of our Town community who have throughout the past year shown their determination to make this once again an excellent, successful carnival that we and our residents have grown to love over the past 27 years.

This year’s event is different to past events due to Covid-19 and the precautions that we have by necessity had to build into our plans. Sadly, this year, we were unable to commit to booking Trigger the popular train that has over past years headed our carnival parade early in the year due to having no indication that we could even have a Carnival by the date we needed to book Trigger. In fact, we cancelled the parade as a result for this year. Hopefully pandemics allowing we hope to hold the parade again next year.

The Carnival is very reliant on the sponsorship that we receive from Wokingham Town Council, our principal sponsor, The Wokingham Society and the other businesses highlighted in our online programme who have also sponsored us with our event this year. It has been a difficult year financially for many businesses in the town in the past year and we ask you to support them fully when you visit this year’s carnival.

This year, the Town Mayor and his mini-Mayor will turn on the Christmas Lights in the Town and on the Christmas tree at 4.30pm then the mayor’s chaplain will lead the carols to be sung around the tree. Please print off a copy of the carols from this programme to enable you to join in with the carol singing.

Everything else is business as usual with over 100 Charity and commercial stalls and our excellent fair on Broad Street. All stalls and the fairground rides have been distanced to allow more space and movement between them this year, because of Covid-19.

This year our stage will be sited at the eastern end of Peach Place with a full programme of entertainment from 11am to 4pm. Children can sit on the stage side of the plastic barriers and there is also space for disabled chairs and mobility scooters to view the stage from the stage side of the barrier, see the Marshall on duty for entry.

Santa is available for children to visit in the Grotto at Wokingham Library from 11am, Santa will be socially distanced, but we hope that the children enjoy meeting him as usual. Please respect the social distancing with others queuing to see him.

Please also support our charities this year by giving generously. They are the Town Mayors Charity, 3rd Wokingham Scouts, The Link Visiting Scheme and Homestart.

We have a need for marshals on the day, if you can assist, particularly from 11am to 5.00pm on the day please contact me via the email at; chairman.wintercarnival@gmail.com

We have been particularly asked this year to encourage all our visitors to sign in when visiting the carnival, via your smart phones, using the QR codes on signs around the town. Also, please avoid crowding or long queues whenever possible. The Council are encouraging all visitors to wear masks in crowded areas, use hand gel regularly through the day and respect the advice of our Marshals on the day.

I hope you have a really good day with your families by coming to support the Carnival and all the businesses in the town this year.

A very happy Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

Philip Mirfin