Ilkley Carnival returns this May bank holiday after two years of absence

Head to Ilkley this bank holiday for their fun-filled carnival extravaganza.

After a two year break due to Covid, Ilkley Carnival is back with a bang.

The family fun day will return this year on Monday 2 May – May Day Bank Holiday 2022.

The volunteer-run May Day event has raised over £60,000 for causes within the local community since 2012- including schools, sports clubs, drama groups and local charities.

The day kicks off with a fantastical parade which starts on The Grove with over 1,000 participants from local schools, organisations, scouts and guides; the parade then finishes off at the show ground where a day of fun and festivities unfolds for all the family.

Man doing a trick on a bike at the Ilkley Carnival.
Image: Ilkley Carnival

This year’s carnival has something for everyone and you’ll be spoilt for choice with activities to get involved with and performances to watch. There’s a ‘Fun Dog Show’ where you can enter your furry friend to win a prize in a number of categories including happiest dog, scruffiest dog and golden oldie.

The headline act taking the stage are The 3Sixty Bicycle Stunt Team who hold no less than 8 Guinness World Records, they will be delighting the audience with an array of high-flying leaps, tricks and skills. 

The parade at Ilkley Carnival.
Image: Ilkley Carnival

There will also be a funfair with all your classics, think hook-a-duck and basketball shoot where you can try your luck to win a prize.

If you’re feeling brave you can take a ride on the waltzers or make your way through the fun house. You can find the full timetable for the day on the Ilkley Carnival website.

All profits from ticket sales go back into the local community and you can buy your tickets on the gates to the fairground, tickets will cost £6 per adult and £2 per child.

For all the information, have a look on the Ilkley Carnival website.

Read more: The best things to do in and around Ilkley at the weekend

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