Annual May Tamerton Carnival


We have many exciting events coming up this year and will endeavour to keep you posted. As always they will be bags of fun with lots of different activities and inflatables for all age ranges.

One of the regular ones we are always pleased to be involved with is the May Tamerton Carnival.

Held this year on the 12th of May it promises as always to be a fun, family day out. Here’s what the organisers have to say along with the days timetable.


Tamerton Carnival


Again we will be at the historic annual Tamerton Carnival. Join us on the 12th May for a fun packed day.

There will be loads of fun and excitement for the whole family plus amazing prizes to be won. Here’s what the organisers have to say and a timetable of the days events.


Carnival History

The Annual Tamerton Foliot May Carnival is intended to provide a fun day for families and the local community. Historical fact states that the carnival as we know it today takes its origins from a market festival first held in 1269, and has been held in the village since the 1900s, only not being held during the war years.

Traditionally, the local Primary School (Mary Dean’s) pupils were involved in the local parade, with girls from the school, or the village, are chosen to be the May Queen, May Princess and Flower Girls, and other pupils who will be in costumes related to the carnival theme.


This Year’s Parade

The theme for the 2017 carnival is Animals – so, if you would like to dress up in your best bunny ears, or a full costume and take part, or join in with your four legged friend then please do! The more the merrier! The parade is for everyone!

This year will have participants including a Marching Drummer Band , Morris Dancers and Stormtroopers (including Darth Vader!) in addition to the May Queen, May Princess and Flower Girls. The May Queen, Princess and Flower girls will be brought down in cars supplied by Vosper’s of Plymouth and Paul Butler of the local shop.

Sadly, Mary Dean’s Primary School have declined the offer of taking part in the parade, so, if your little ones would like to take part, they still can!

Round up some friends, grab your water pistols and treat the onlookers to a squirt on the way past! It’s all in the name of fun! It is politely reminded that any little ones will require adult supervision (i.e. not from the Carnival Staff).

A trophy is to be awarded to the best float / entry of the day, and will be presented by the Lord Mayor at the top of the hill, so that the winner can proudly display it on the way down 🙂


Who Can Take Part in the Parade?

ANYONE can enter a float / body of people to take part in the parade – you do not even have to live in the village.

The parade has seen a decline in numbers of entries over the years, and sadly, if numbers continue to dwindle, then it may result in the parade being removed from the May Carnival altogether. We don’t want to see the end of such a fine tradition and piece of local history, so please get behind (or even better, in the middle!) of the parade!!!

Should you wish to take part in the parade, please contact us to let us know.


Other attractions in the parade include floats and bands, who supply the music and carnival atmosphere as the procession makes its way down through the village, before finally reaching the main field, where stalls and other attractions will be staged.

Among this year’s attractions in the field are a live band, Morris Dancers and a dog show.

The May Carnival is organised through local volunteers, who are immensely grateful for all help and donations, and thank all those who attend.


Carnival Timetable

11.30 am Lord Mayor arrives at Cunningham Road
11.40 am Judging of floats
12.00 noon Procession sets off through the village
12.30 pm Arrival at the meadow
1.00 –1.30pm Royal Marine Cadets Display
1.45 – 3.15pm Morris Dancing Display
4.45pm Raffle takes place in the meadow

Let Us Entertain You

Stalls & Attractions

Stalls and Attractions are an integral part of the carnival day, and cater for a wide range of tastes, from sweets and ice creams, to bouncy castles and bucking broncos!

This year there will also be a treasure hunt for the little ones with a prize for all participants and for the ‘fastest time’ for finding the treasure 🙂

Raffle – top prize of £150
Rides – bouncy castles and trains
‘Last Man Standing’
Rescue Pony Display
Shows – Marching Band; Morris Dancers; Lightsaber training; Prize presentation and Dog Show!
Treasure hunt
Refreshments available in the Church Hall


Stalls and attractions

Prices for stalls and attractions are:

Fairground rides – £120
Bouncy castles – £120
Ice cream – £70
Games of Chance – £65
Small trade – £28.50
Non-village stalls – £21
Village stalls – £16

Should you desire to have a stall (and be featured on this page) please email us at