Bures Carnival ready to make comeback this weekend following ten-year hiatus
After an extended period of absence, Bures Carnival is set to make its long-awaited comeback this weekend.
The village will resurrect the showpiece, which stopped running 10 years ago, with a large procession and fun day on Saturday, kicking off a full schedule of events throughout next week.
The parade, which is following the theme of Music Through The Ages, will meet at Bures Common Land and set off from Bures Bridge at 12.15pm, winding its way through the village before arriving at the recreation ground at 1pm, where the fun day will be opened by South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge.
Tracy Saer, Bures Carnival co-ordinator, told the Free Press there had been growing demand from the local community for the event to return.
“When you are going through the motions of organising it, I think we actually needed a break from it,” she said. “Then the nostalgia of looking at the pictures of old carnivals got us excited about getting a traditional carnival going again.
“We have all got behind it, and we have been overwhelmed by the community response to it.”
The fun day, which runs on Saturday between 1pm and 4pm, will feature stalls, competitions and a range of displays and live music, including the Phoenix Marchers and the L’Harmonie Avenir de Burbure marching band from northern France.
An 1980s-themed disco will then take place at Bures Community Centre, beginning at 7.30pm.
The festivities will return to the ground on Sunday between noon and 4pm, with children’s amusements, and a classic vehicles show from noon and a fun dog show from 2pm, followed by a concert in St Mary’s Church starting at 7pm, led by Sudbury Rock Choir.
Events are then set to continue at the community centre the following week, including a bingo night on Monday at 7pm, and a demonstration and food tasting evening presented by Assington Country Kitchen on Tuesday at 7.30pm.
Bures Common Barn will host a gin experience on Wednesday at 7pm, before a celebration of Suffolk businesses, craft makers and musicians at the Common Land on Thursday from 4pm.
The carnival week will conclude with a barn dance at Ferriers Barn on Friday at 7.30pm.