17th, 18th & 19th JULY


About Us

Hornsea Carnival Committee

Chairman: Allan Iles

Vice Chairman: Mike Hill

Secretary: Alison Moulds

Treasurer: Matt Nicholson


The first Hornsea Carnival took place on the 22nd and 23rd July 1967. There was a procession of decorated floats and fancy dress which the Holderness Gazette stated as a mile long. Coulson Builders produced the best float. There were events in Hall Garth Park and an estimated 10 thousand people attended.

On the Sunday the emphasis moved to the sea front with a treasure hunt and sand castle competition. During the afternoon the North Cliff Boating and Water Skiing Club mounted an invasion of the beach with the defence being in the hands of members of the Hornsea Sunday Youth Club. It was estimated that there were 20 thousand spectators. The Carnival ended with a dance in the Floral Hall

In 1969 the biggest attraction was “Tanis” the baby elephant and the main event in the Park was a piano smashing competition!!

In 1970 Joan Wadsworth of Hornsea was chosen as Carnival Queen by none other than David Hamilton and Tony Blackburn from Radio 1.

Since then the Carnival has run very successfully with few changes. One of the most memorable Carnivals in recent years was when the Red Arrows gave a spectacular display on the seafront, unfortunately funds raised to put on the carnival have not allowed us to have a return visit.

The only times when the Carnival has had to be cancelled was in 2007 and 2012, when heavy and prolonged rain flooded Hall Garth Park.

Although many Committee members have come and gone, they always remain very dedicated and give their time and experience freely.

Long may it continue.

Where to find us

All Hornsea Carnival events will take place in Hall Garth Park, which is accessed via Cinema Street off Newbegin.

Sat Nav: HU18 1PA

The nearest car parks are on Broadway, Sands Lane and Hornsea Burton Road.

Parade Road Closures

The Hornsea Carnival Parade sets off from the Atwick Road entrance to Hornsea School and Language College at 12.30pm on the Saturday of carnival. The parade travels down Atwick Road in to Market Place and then turns in to Newbegin. It proceeds down Newbegin and New Road, along the Esplanade, down Little Eastgate and then up Cliff Road to Cinema Street. Some elements of the parade will proceed in to Hall Garth Park via Cinema Street and the larger parade entrants will return to Hornsea School and Language College via Newbegin, Market Place and Atwick Road.

There will be road closures along the route during the parade. Atwick Road (from Hornsea School entrance), Market Place, Newbegin, New Road, Marine Drive, Little Eastgate and New Road will be closed from 12.30pm on 20th July 2019 until the parade has passed. Atwick Road, Market Place, New Road, Esplanade, Little Eastgate and Cliff Road will be re-opened as soon as the parade has passed, but Newbegin will remain closed until the parade has ended (approximately 90 minutes.