CANCELLED – most East Devon carnivals not taking place amid coronavirus crisis

The Sidvale float at Sidmouth Carnival. Ref shs 39 19TI 1504. Picture: Terry Ife

The Sidvale float at Sidmouth Carnival. Ref shs 39 19TI 1504. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The annual procession of illuminated floats and flamboyance will not be coming to most East Devon towns this summer and autumn.

Budleigh Salterton Carnival 2018. Picture: Alex Walton Photography

Budleigh Salterton Carnival 2018. Picture: Alex Walton Photography - Credit: Archant

Seven of the eight carnivals which make up the East Devon circuit have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Traditionally, carnival clubs from across the district bring their mechanical floats and walking entries to a different town every weekend throughout August, September and October.

However, Seaton, Colyton, Axminster, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth and Honiton have all confirmed their carnivals are not taking place.

A decision on Ottery St Mary’s carnival – set for Saturday, October 31 – is yet to take place.

Axminster Carnival. Ref mhh 38 19TI 0294. Picture: Terry Ife

Axminster Carnival. Ref mhh 38 19TI 0294. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant


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Eva White of the organising committee said they are hoping the event can take place and a decision would not be made until at least July.

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