Thank you – Thank you – Thank you

A very big thank you to everyone who has helped, donated prizes and supported this years carnival. It wouldn’t happen without you.


JC Balls

Lockwood Haulage Ltd

Ripley Town Council

William Bailey

John Tabbenor

Lichfield Investment Holdings

Wilde Coaches

Alan Benfield Electricians

Alan’s Ice creams

Alistair Worth

Amber Valley Borough Council

Ambergate Caravan Center

Ambergate Decorators

Ambergate Players

Ambergate Primary School

Bridge Centre for Natural Health

Bowmer and Kirkland

Crich Butchers

Crich Tramway Museum

David Williams

David Evans Decorators

Derbyshire County Council

Denby Pottery Village


Firefly Photography

Friends of Heage Windmill

Georges Traditional Fish & chips

Gullivers Kingdom

Heage Windmill Society

Heights of Abraham

KAM servicing

Matlock Farm Park

East Midland Railway


Perry Ford Car and Van Rental

Riverside Service Station


Shakin’ It

St John Ambulance

The Book Shop, Belper

The Bridge Centre for Natural Health

The Hurt Arms

The Loft restaurant


Tim Howarth Butcher

Tim Murphin of Ashover Print

Trent Barton

Vanity Hair and Beauty

Carnival Day Timings

The provisional plan for timings has been set – exciting!


Gates open



Procession commences






Procession Arrival and Fancy Dress Competition



Official Opening Jelly Roles (Story Workshop)




Ferret Racing Happy Wacky (Magic Show)


Maypole Dancing by Ambergate Primary School Jelly Roles (Story Workshop)


The Red Barrows




Happy Wacky (Magic Show)


Ferret Racing



Grand Raffle




After Carnival Party

Car Parking – update

In a small village with a main road we have limited car parking. This will always be a challenge for the carnival and we are always grateful for the village residents understanding on carnival day.

The change in location to the Ambergate Social Ground gives us some additional parking options on and near the field but i am pleased to announce that Midland Mainline have given us permission to use the station car park for free on the day of the carnival.

This will be about 500 meters from the carnival field



  • Free parking at Ambergate railway station (this has been agreed with Midland Rail) – not marshaled
  • Free parking on the Hurt Arms field (please do not use the car park unless you are a Hurt Arms customer). This will not be marshaled and is at your own risk
  • Parking for stall holders and floats will be allowed on site, as per the information shared with them. The car park will then be closed to vehicles until the end of carnival day (5.30pmish) when cars can leave the site.
  • There is limited disabled parking on site. Pull up inside the gate and speak to stewards that are around to gain access to the site.
  • Parking is allowed on the car park for the evening event only.

Instagram #AmbergateCarnival

We have setup a feed onto the main page for any pictures uploaded to instagram with the hashtag #AmbergateCarnival


Competitions will follow

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Prepare for take off – the Red BARROWS

The Carnival committee are very pleased to announce the red barrows are booked for a display at the carnival! Amazing 🙂


Since 2009, the commitment and enthusiasm of the band of merry men and women who make up our Red Barrows Team has helped establish three routines.
We use well known formations inspired by the Red Arrows alongside those inspired by the best use of available ramps and as much loud music as we can cram in.


Carnival 2017 Location

You may recall last year was rather wet running up to the carnival and due to drainage issues with the recreation ground a large part of the field was waterlogged. We envisaged this was going to cause us some problems even before the deluge on the day!

The carnival committee have taken the opportunity to move this year to another location which we are confident will not suffer the same water logging (unfortunately we can never be so confident about the weather)

This year the carnival with be held 8th July on the Ambergate Social Ground.