You know how people always say: “and this year, it’ll be bigger and better than ever!”? Well, we really mean it.
A new Carnival Committee, and a whole new concept, has emerged this year to bring you the Lewis Carnival 2017! The Lewis Carnival will take place on August 5th, from 11am to 5pm, with the Carnival Parade starting at 1pm from Willowglen. Carnival Week runs from July 31st to August 5th!
Stalls and games will this year be situated in Perceval Square Car Park, with local pop-up food stalls located on the quayside. The Lewis Carnival is working in conjunction with Stornoway Port Authority, so the Harbour Open Day will take place at the same time, and there will be further stalls and activities located along the quayside, and boat trips running from the pontoons.
This year will see the first ever Natural Retreats Carnival Mile starting from Lews Castle at 11am on Carnival day, as well as the first ever An Lanntair Street Party.
There will also be stalls, and games for wee ones, available in the Town Hall throughout Carnival day, and various street acts performing through the narrows all day long. The fair will be joining us again - this time located in the Fisherman’s Car Park - with the European Market, brought to you by the Stornoway Amenity Trust, situated in the old bus stop on Cromwell Street quay.
As if that weren’t enough! The Lewis Carnival will keep you partying into the night with An Lanntair’s Carnival Club, from 8pm ‘til late on Carnival night. More details on this will follow, but it is not to be missed! Tickets will be available soon.
There are so many ways to get involved this year!
Carnival Parade! Although floats are obviously more than welcome – and encouraged – those who are daunted by the prospect of decorating a lorry are encouraged to decorate themselves, their car, their tractor, even their dog! Whatever way you and your organisation can get involved, do it! Entry to the parade is free!
Carnival Best Dressed Window! Shops and businesses in Stornoway are invited to enter the Carnival Best Dressed Window Competition. Dress your shop or business’ window up as pretty and Carnival-y as you can by Monday July 31st. Judging will take place throughout Carnival week, and the winner will be announced on Carnival Day!
Get involved with Carnival Week! We know of several businesses and organisations planning fun activities for Carnival Week, and encourage all organisations to get involved in whatever way they can… Carnival Week menus, Carnival Cocktails, Carnival Coffees – the sky’s the limit!
Music at Carn Gardens! Musicians are invited to book a slot at our music venue in Cairn Gardens, which will be hosting musical acts from 11am-1pm and from 2pm-5pm.
Stalls, stalls and more stalls! Of course, everyone – charities, craftspeople, small businesses – is welcome to book a stall in Perceval Square Car Park, the Town Hall or the Quayside. Just get in touch! You could also host a pop-up food stall! Whether you run an established restaurant, a food van, or you sell cakes for a living, come along and have a pop-up food stall at the Lewis Carnival! It costs £20 to book any stall – remember all of the Lewis Carnival’s proceeds go to charity!
Carnival Schools Poster Competition! School kids are invited to enter the Carnival Schools Poster Competition – winner announced on Carnival Day.