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#Hedfest18 Carnival Parade – The Route

The Carnival Parade is a major part of Hedfest. Whether you are taking part in the Parade, want to join it on route at a later stage, or are a spectator; this is the essential route information:

“Follow me on the Carnival Parade! I’ll show you the way!”

Parade assembles from 12:30pm on Ivy Lane. It is scheduled to get going at 1:30pm the start marked by the ringing of St. Augustine’s Church bells!

Route: Ivy Lane, Church Lane, left down New Road (main road), left down St. Augustine’s Gate, right down Magdalen Gate, right down Baxter Gate, right down Fletchergate (main road) right down St. Augustine’s Gate, and then back along Church Gate to disassemble at Market Hill/Ivy Lane.

See about our Carnival Parade Create & Make Workshops tomorrow afternoon and Saturday morning to help you get ready to “Carnival!”

Get yourself CARNIVAL ready! Carnival Parade Workshops – Friday and Saturday

Come and get yourself ready to take part in Hedon’s biggest single event of the year – the #Hedfest18 Carnival Parade! 

We’ve organised a couple of fun workshops this week so everyone wanting to join in the parade is welcome to come along and make a head dress and/or shaker to wear/ carry in the parade. Pop in and get kitted out for the Carnival. Professional artist available.

  1. Firstly at Haven Arms this Friday 6 July 1-3pm (it coincides with the BBC Radio Humberside Roadshow being held there).

  2. Saturday at the Hedon Methodist Church 7 July 10-12 noon. This is Carnival Day! Join in and get into the Carnival spirit from the start!

Move it! Shake it! Carnival Parade it!

Carnival Parade assembles on Saturday 7 July from 12.30pm at Ivy Lane, Market Hill and sets off at 1.30pm.

Enquiries: Hedon Town Council, St. Augustine’s Gate, Hedon, East Yorkshire. HU12 8EX 01482-898428. Office Opening Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00am till 3.00pm.

Countdown to Hedfest


The excitement, in anticipation of Hedfest on Saturday, continues to build in Hedon. The community-based music and family entertainment festival certainly creates a buzz in the ancient market town! Expect a mad flurry of activity online, as bands and acts promote their slots in the programme via social media; while fans and the public interact with them on Facebook, Twitter, etc as decisions are made about the best places to visit on the day.

Lucy Clark and Town Crier John Dawson

Photo by David Thompson

It’s not just social media promoting #Hedfest18, traditional media gets a look-in too. BBC Radio Humberside are due to broadcast live from one of the venues, The Haven Arms, from 12 – 3pm with a Hedfest special on Friday, the day before festival. Even more traditionally, Hedon’s own Town Crier, John Dawson, has been out and about making official announcements about the festival. He was joined in town last Saturday by the BBC’s Lucy Clark – Lucy is a performance poet herself and expected to perform at “The King’s Spoken Word” at the King’s Head on Saturday

And there’s plenty to talk about as the festival hosts some fifty acts over the twelve hours of the music and entertainment programme. Some great bands include: International songwriters and performers Craig & Willoughby are at the Church, also Hillbilly Troupe, Cuba Drive & Bud Sugar perform at The Alex. The Haven hosts The Froot and Holy Orders. There are four other official venues.

There’s lots for the children too – there’s Go Karting for 3 – 13 year olds, fairground rides, a magician, a special appearance by Bob the Robot and a whole host of costumed characters to see too; from Princesses and Elves, through to Captain America and Wonder Woman! There’s a re-enactment of scenes from Lord of the Rings by the Fellowship of the Precious. And expect to see all these characters out in force on the Carnival Parade – surely the highlight of the Hedon Festival when the streets of Hedon centre gets filled with people of all ages as spectators and participants merge into one giant swinging, conga-ing, samba-ing and dancing mass of party people.

For this Hedfest blogger, the day is just full of dilemmas – I can solve the puzzle of being able to listen to Carrie Martin at the St Augustine’s Church at 2pm, and get to see Lucy Clark at the King’s Head at 3.10pm, whilst traversing my way through thousands of people on the Carnival Parade? But harder to fathom is how I’m going to see my favourite Hedon band Cuba Drive at the Alexandra Hall at 10pm, yet get back across to the Church to see a bit of Craig & Willoughby also at 10pm and yet still get to the Haven Arms for 11pm to see Holy Orders whilst simultaneously catching Hillbilly Troupe at The Alex… also at 11pm? Whatever the hour, between 12 noon and midnight, Hedfest is going to be just so full of such delightful dilemmas!

#Hedfest18 takes place Sat 7 July from mid-morning to midnight. Programmes available with listings and map (£2) from various outlets across the town.

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