Make a Date for our 125th Anniversary we look forward to seeing you there! Come & join us at Appley Park from 4pm for great live bands for more information see our Regatta page
Friday 16th August 2013 – Children’s Carnival Leaves Upper Dover St, 2.45pm
Saturday 17th August 2013 – this is exactly 125 years to the day that the procession was named a carnival! Leaves Ryde Esplanade 5.30pm come and celebrate the oldest carnival in the United Kingdom
Saturday 31st August 2013 the biggest and last of the summer carnivals is the Illuminated which sets off at 8.30pm.
Welcome to Ryde Carnival
Ryde Carnival is the oldest carnival in the United Kingdom, dating back to 1887 the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria and her family were regular patrons of the Ryde Carnivals up until her death. The Carnival was officially named a CARNIVAL for 17th August 1888, as you can see on this photograph of the original programme.
Ryde Carnival Association are the controlling body of this fabulous event held on the streets of Ryde each year. Where we play host to visitors from around the island, mainland and further afield.
Through the months of summer, for the amusement and entertainment of ourselves and our guests, the Isle of Wight last year staged over twenty carnivals in towns and villages around the island. Details of this coming year’s other carnivals can be found elsewhere on this site. The carnival season culminates with what we like to think of as the Ultimate Isle of Wight Carnival at Ryde, featuring over 2,000 performers from carnival clubs around the Isle of Wight. This is a sensory feast of sound, with musical influences from Rio Samba, Trinidad Steel Pan and Local bands. Movement in fabulous costumes with influences from Trinidad, Rio, Notting Hill, Venice, English Masquerade and Mardi Gras. Colour an experience like no other! Where, for a few hours, we can all forget who we are and what we do – and just party!
The Isle of Wight is a holidaymaker’s dream, a jewel shimmering in the seas just south of England, a little bit of Heaven which can be easily attained, by simply stepping onto a ferry at one of the mainland ports of Portsmouth, Southampton or Lymington.