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Presentation evening 2017
The hard work pays off
Illuminated Carnival 2016
Download the Results here!
See the photos here!
Ann Hallett Children's Carnival 2016
Download the Results here!
See the photos here!
coming events

7 Mar: AGM: Carnival Society’s Annual General Meeting takes place in Castle Cary’s Scout Hall at 7:30pm on Tuesday 7 March. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Every 1st Wednesday in the monthBingo: , 7:00pm for eyes-down at 7:30pm Castle Cary Scout Hall. Welcoming atmosphere and great prizes!

Coffee morning: Outside the Market House in Castle Cary on Saturday 22 July, from 10am to midday. Bric a brac, raffle, and our famous bacon and sausage butties!



 With our carnival celebrating it’s 40th birthday this year, we are hoping to make ‘Cary’s Big Night Out’ brighter and better than ever!
 It takes a lot of people, with lots of different skills and talents to bring the procession to a street near you.
How about helping out?   We are looking for people who could
… and lots of other things – just give us a call and we can talk about how you could help.
 It could mean giving a couple of hours a month, or a few hours around carnival time.

 Contact Caroline Sharley on email or 07711 266969 to find out more! 


The hard work pays off!

Castle Cary and Ansford Carnival Society held their annual Presentation Evening last Friday (3 February) and gave £2000 to 14 deserving local causes. Despite a day of cold and wet weather, a warm welcome and grateful thanks awaited volunteers, sponsors, marshals who packed the Horse Pond Inn in Castle Cary. Read the full press release...

Cary Carnival 2016

Another Cary Carnival season is over and it’s time to say a big Thank you to everyone
who sponsored us, who entered or marshalled our processions, and who came to watch, and give us your pennies.

The collection from our Ann Hallett Children’s Carnival was £326  - £100 more than last year! - and our Illuminated Carnival collection was a whopping £3,350  - making a total of £3,676, most of which we will be giving to deserving local causes at our Presentations Evening in February. You can apply for a donation from us, until 31 October – get our Donations Leaflet on the Downloads page!

This year, our children’s carnival was renamed the ‘Ann Hallett Children’s Carnival’ in honour of our Committee member Ann Hallett, who managed the children’s carnival for many years, and sadly passed away last year. The procession was sponsored by Battens Solicitors. Over one hundred children took part, including local clubs and schools. Our Prince and Princess - Theo Pocock (6) and Kaila Mullett (6) - led the procession around the town in a trap pulled by former gypsy pony Rainbow Rosie, in a multi-coloured harness. The Most Entertaining Entry award went to North Cadbury C of E Primary School for its varied, active and authentically costumed World War II entry. The Best Overall award went to Elaine’s Childminding Gang for their Aliens Love Pants entry.

Our Illuminated Carnival took place under clear skies, bookended before and after by heavy showers! The procession included six major carts, four marching bands and four troupes of majorettes. As well as the competition entries, there were many entries sponsored by local businesses and individuals: back by popular demand, were the Male Majorettes and the Poole Gun Display Team – plus Lizzy The Fire Eater and a Bentley Convertible and a red Ferrari, courtesy of Haynes International Motor Museum. Sponsorship is a major source of revenue for us, and we are always on the lookout for more sponsors. If you would like to know more about sponsorship, nip over to our Get Involved page. The Best Overall Cart award went to Kipling CC for their entry Shout!, which also took seven other awards on the night. The Best Individual Entrant (Open class) award went to Roger Muspratt-Hamilton for his Teatime costume.

You can see the full results of both our 2016 carnivals, on our Downloads page and photos from each day on our Gallery page.

So – another great year of hard work and huge fun. Here’s to 2017 – and our 40th Anniversary!

Cary Carnival is part of the Wessex Grand Prix Circuit, which celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year.