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What to see at Weymouth Carnival 2018

procession at weymouth carnival

2018 marks 700 years since Weymouth Carnival first took place, with a host of new and exiting events and activities, it is set to be bigger and better than ever before.


Commencing on Tuesday 14th August and spanning the course of two days, Weymouth Carnival is a much-loved annual event for locals and holidaymakers alike. This year, to celebrate the continuation of this family event, carnival organisers have created a spectacular program and introduced new festivities.

Family fun

The beach arena will play host to a number of activities and entertainment with something to suit all members of the family. Events kick off on Tuesday morning with a novelty dog show, with categories such as ‘waggiest tail’ and ‘best behaved’. On Wednesday there will be the opportunity to get involved with beach games throughout the day including tug of war, football and a sandcastle competition.Singing and dance performances will also be happening, perfect for entertain the little ones!

For the more adventurous, Weymouth’s first soapbox race will be taking place at the Kings statue, where entrants will race against the clock in hand built go Karts! There is also the chance to enter the barrel racing event which is sure to be a spectacle!


Torchlight Procession 

Following the success of previous years, the torchlight procession will be returning for 2018 and will begin at 9pm on Tuesday 14th August at the Carnival Arena. Entrants will follow a predetermined route along Weymouth beach carrying a torch or light up in memory of absent loved ones. This memorable and heartfelt occasion is in aid of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, the carnivals chosen charity this year. To walk in the procession you can pre-order your torch.

Torchlight procession Weymouth carnival

Air Displays

Due to prior commitments, the Red Arrows display team will not be attending Weymouth carnival this year. However, do not fear, a revised programme has been developed and 6 displays will grace the skies above Weymouth Bay during Wednesday afternoon. Performances include the Battle of Britain memorial flight, Otto the helicopter and Aerosuperbatics, who will perform daring manoeuvres at nail biting speeds!

Wing walking air display at Weymouth carnival

Evening Festivities

As the evening progresses a motorcycle Cavalcade will travel down the sea front before the main event, the carnival procession where hundreds of people will take to Weymouth esplanade to entertain the crowds with dancing, acrobatics and fancy dress. The festivities will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display launched from a barge in Weymouth bay.

motorcycle cavalcade at weymouth carnival

Weymouth Carnival will take place on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th August. For more information on how to enter the processions or to see details of running times, see our events guide.