Carnival 2018

The carnival is coming back to town...

Harlow Carnival 2018

Harlow carnival will take place on Sunday 26 August 2018, setting off from Bush Fair Shopping Centre at midday and ending in the Town Park showground at around 2pm. This will all be in time for the popular Linkfest music event, which this year will take place on the Showground and Bandstand.

This year the route will be extended and more groups and organisations will be part of it. 

It is proposed that the carnival procession will start from Bush Fair and make its way down Tillwicks Road to Howard Way, past the Stow where it will go down First Avenue and turning into Fifth Avenue before making its way into the Town Park. 

For the safety of those taking part and watching a number of roads will be temporarily closed on the day.  We are advising residents to walk to the carnival if they can. There will be plenty of places to watch the carnival procession. 

Want to take part in the carnival?

Residents, voluntary groups, social groups and commercial businesses are all invited to take part in the carnival parade. To register your interest, please complete the following form:


Want to help run the carnival and earn yourself £75?

Get involved and be a steward at the CarnivalOn the day of the carnival there will be a number of paid steward roles available. 

The duties will include crowd management, road closures, processing carnival vehicles and walking groups and providing support to the carnival team. The start and finish times are to be confirmed but you will most likely be required to work somewhere between 9am and 3pm, although working times may be staggered to suit requirements of the event. The rate of pay is £75 (subject to normal deductions) 

If you would like to be considered for role please contact Christine Howard. You can apply to be a steward on our jobs page  


Look back at the 2017 Harlow Carnival 

The street carnival, which was a regular popular event in the town in the past, returned last year as part of the Harlow is 70 celebrations. Bringing back the carnival proved to be a huge success, with over 600 taking part and around 5,000 people lining the streets.