A brief history of the New Addington Carnival

There have been Carnivals held in New Addington since the 1950’s; and while the venue and format may have changed along the years, the reason for it has not, and that is to unite the community and have an enjoyable day for all the family.

The previous committee hung up their well-earned hats in about 2003 for various reasons. This paved the way for a new group to begin again in 2010 when the Carnival returned as a 2 day event held every June; our proud tradition continues.

Local videographer David Denford has filmed hours of Carnival footage from over the years, these can be viewed on his YouTube profile.


When you see the floats as they used to be, please don’t think “it can’t be like that any-more” as – providing you have sides on your vehicle, you can dress them up and enter them for free, just as you or maybe your relatives used to do. Your community spirit will see you say” “we will walk it, we will find a way to make this happen”


There are so many ways of getting involved; from competitions, to having a stall, to assisting the committee by volunteering or being a part of the Procession. You can also help us by creating revenue for us whilst reaching potential customers, by having your company advertising or sponsoring us, or by making a small donation to ensure the Carnival caries on.


This website will enable you to easily navigate your way around the Carnivals of past and present, and we hope to see many of you at the 2023 weekend event!