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Dormansland Carnival – A Little Bit of Local History

Dormansland Carnival – A Little Bit Of Local History

Originally held on Whit Monday, probably on land, which is now the cricket field on Station Road, the original purpose of Dormansland Carnival was to raise money for Dormansland’s brass bands instruments and uniforms.

The origins of Dormansland Carnival, then known as Whit Monday sports day, can be found in St Johns Church records.

Originally held on Whit Monday, probably on land which is now the cricket field on Station Road. The purpose of the event was to raise money for Dormansland’s brass bands instruments and uniforms. Due to the 1st and 2nd World Wars the band became inactive, coming back together in the early 1950’s. In more recent times the Carnival became a standalone event, with proceeds from the day being distributed amongst local organisations.

Traditionally in the past the Carnival was opened by the Carnival Queen and her attendants who made their entrance on a brightly decorated float.

In the Jubilee year of 1935 (King George V’s Silver Jubilee) a record of more than 80 entries for the children’s fancy dress was received. The dog show was as popular back in the early 1960’s as it is now.

It was Godstone Rural District Council that many years ago purchased the recreation ground so allowing Dormansland Carnival to make it their permanent home.

Although over the years the format may have changed the Dormansland Carnival remains as popular as ever. This year’s theme is the “Wild Wild West” and in keeping with tradition the procession around the village sets off at:- 1pm on Saturday, 8th July 2023

The Rodeo Bulls are booked, you can dine out on cowboy food and quench your thirst in the Carnival Saloon. Southern Bound a foot-stomping Country Rock/Rock ‘N Roll band will be performing live in the evening.

Everything is in place for a great 2023 Dormansland Carnival Hoedown!!
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