Chair’s Blog

Liam Williams
Blog No. 2 (25th April 2024)

Welcome to my latest blog on Thornbury CarnivalThe last month has been quite intense as we finalise all of the plans for the 2024 event and start promoting our online presence. We’ve moved to Eventbrite to manage our online ticket sales and we’re now live for bookings for stall pitches, Show ‘n’ Shine exhibitors, tickets and really importantly, sponsorship packages!

If you’re reading this and run a business or manage a budget to promote your organisation, then please do consider getting involved with us. We’ve put together a range of sponsorship packages and some of our volunteer committee members have worked hard to ensure you can attend with colleagues, friends or family members and have a little extra special treatment with one of our VIP hospitality packages. This is a new thing for us and I really do want to see greater business involvement and support for our community event so I hope this offer is taken up. Do drop me an email at chair@thornburycarnival.co.uk or follow the link on our website and we’ll be in touch to agree the best package for you; if we haven’t made the right offer then just tell us what you’d like and we’ll do our best to work with you on achieving it!

As I’ve shared before, we have some incredible acts lined up for both the Friday evening and the Saturday but the schedule isn’t yet fully complete! We’re still to see who the winner of Battle of the Bands will be and the Community Acts applications remain open to any individuals or groups in the local area who’d like to be on stage! Musicians, dancers, comedian, short play……we’re open to anything if you can demonstrate you’re going to help make our event entertaining and fun for all the family!

For people who know our event, we’re mixing things up a bit more this year – the site layout has been altered to accommodate a Big Top circus tent and the playing fields ecological areas – we hope you’ll like the new look! Keeping the event live and responding to feedback is an important part of making Thornbury Carnival successful and while we’re entering the final planning stages, some of us have already started thinking about 2025.

If you want to get involved in any way, as a business, volunteer, act, exhibitor, or as someone coming to enjoy Swing in the Park on the Friday evening or the main event on Saturday, I can’t wait to welcome you!

Best wishes

Liam

Blog No. 1 (24th March 2024)

The team of volunteers behind Thornbury Carnival suggested it might be a good idea for me to put pen to paper (or should that be ‘fingers to keyboard’?) to keep you up-to-date with what goes on behind the scenes to organise the event. To that end, a very warm welcome to what, I hope, will be the first of many regular blog posts!

The Thornbury Carnival Committee meets on a monthly basis to organise the event, and we had our March meeting a few weeks ago. This is where we’re at with organising the event so far:

When I was being “persuaded” to write this blog, I laughingly said it should be called a ‘No Chairs Blog’ because one of the recent Committee debates has centred on the provision of tables and chairs in front of the main stage. If you happened to catch the recent news that the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is to be reduced from four days to three this year due to rising costs, you’ll perhaps understand the background to some of our dilemmas.

The events industry, like many others, has been subject to rising costs and inflation, and the Committee’s challenge is to balance providing an enjoyable and inclusive weekend for the local community with securing the long-term financial viability of the event. 2023 was successful on many levels, not least because it was the first time in several years the event returned a small financial surplus. In the last few years, we’ve had to draw on the contingency fund provided by Friends of Thornbury Carnival (an arms length organisation set up by local businesses to provide a reserve fund) to keep us going. As we do every year, we’ve reviewed our 2023 expenditure with the aim of keeping our costs as tight as possible while balancing the desire to ensure a positive experience for our attendees. We’re mindful that the ongoing cost of living crisis is placing family budgets under pressure, so we’ve made a couple of decisions we think will help, which brings me back to my ‘No Chairs Blog’ comment above…

One of the changes we’re implementing this year is that, in line with most other community events, we won’t be providing tables and chairs in front of the main stage. This has cost nearly £2,000 in previous years and although we know they’ve been appreciated by some attendees, we’ve noticed many people bring their own camping chairs and picnic blankets anyway. We believe people would prefer we didn’t provide tables and chairs but kept ticket prices down instead. So, to that end, we’re holding Friday ticket prices and Saturday ticket prices at the same level as 2023 and in addition, we’re also absorbing the online ticket booking fee, making tickets this year even better value!

I hope you enjoyed finding out our latest news but please don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date as the event approaches.

Best wishes

Liam

Supporters

Fastfix Drainage and Plumbing logo
Wolfridge Alpacas logo

Chair’s Blog

Liam Williams
Blog No. 2 (25th April 2024)

Welcome to my latest blog on Thornbury CarnivalThe last month has been quite intense as we finalise all of the plans for the 2024 event and start promoting our online presence. We’ve moved to Eventbrite to manage our online ticket sales and we’re now live for bookings for stall pitches, Show ‘n’ Shine exhibitors, tickets and really importantly, sponsorship packages!

If you’re reading this and run a business or manage a budget to promote your organisation, then please do consider getting involved with us. We’ve put together a range of sponsorship packages and some of our volunteer committee members have worked hard to ensure you can attend with colleagues, friends or family members and have a little extra special treatment with one of our VIP hospitality packages. This is a new thing for us and I really do want to see greater business involvement and support for our community event so I hope this offer is taken up. Do drop me an email at chair@thornburycarnival.co.uk or follow the link on our website and we’ll be in touch to agree the best package for you; if we haven’t made the right offer then just tell us what you’d like and we’ll do our best to work with you on achieving it!

As I’ve shared before, we have some incredible acts lined up for both the Friday evening and the Saturday but the schedule isn’t yet fully complete! We’re still to see who the winner of Battle of the Bands will be and the Community Acts applications remain open to any individuals or groups in the local area who’d like to be on stage! Musicians, dancers, comedian, short play……we’re open to anything if you can demonstrate you’re going to help make our event entertaining and fun for all the family!

For people who know our event, we’re mixing things up a bit more this year – the site layout has been altered to accommodate a Big Top circus tent and the playing fields ecological areas – we hope you’ll like the new look! Keeping the event live and responding to feedback is an important part of making Thornbury Carnival successful and while we’re entering the final planning stages, some of us have already started thinking about 2025.

If you want to get involved in any way, as a business, volunteer, act, exhibitor, or as someone coming to enjoy Swing in the Park on the Friday evening or the main event on Saturday, I can’t wait to welcome you!

Best wishes

Liam

Blog No. 1 (24th March 2024)

The team of volunteers behind Thornbury Carnival suggested it might be a good idea for me to put pen to paper (or should that be ‘fingers to keyboard’?) to keep you up-to-date with what goes on behind the scenes to organise the event. To that end, a very warm welcome to what, I hope, will be the first of many regular blog posts!

The Thornbury Carnival Committee meets on a monthly basis to organise the event, and we had our March meeting a few weeks ago. This is where we’re at with organising the event so far:

When I was being “persuaded” to write this blog, I laughingly said it should be called a ‘No Chairs Blog’ because one of the recent Committee debates has centred on the provision of tables and chairs in front of the main stage. If you happened to catch the recent news that the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is to be reduced from four days to three this year due to rising costs, you’ll perhaps understand the background to some of our dilemmas.

The events industry, like many others, has been subject to rising costs and inflation, and the Committee’s challenge is to balance providing an enjoyable and inclusive weekend for the local community with securing the long-term financial viability of the event. 2023 was successful on many levels, not least because it was the first time in several years the event returned a small financial surplus. In the last few years, we’ve had to draw on the contingency fund provided by Friends of Thornbury Carnival (an arms length organisation set up by local businesses to provide a reserve fund) to keep us going. As we do every year, we’ve reviewed our 2023 expenditure with the aim of keeping our costs as tight as possible while balancing the desire to ensure a positive experience for our attendees. We’re mindful that the ongoing cost of living crisis is placing family budgets under pressure, so we’ve made a couple of decisions we think will help, which brings me back to my ‘No Chairs Blog’ comment above…

One of the changes we’re implementing this year is that, in line with most other community events, we won’t be providing tables and chairs in front of the main stage. This has cost nearly £2,000 in previous years and although we know they’ve been appreciated by some attendees, we’ve noticed many people bring their own camping chairs and picnic blankets anyway. We believe people would prefer we didn’t provide tables and chairs but kept ticket prices down instead. So, to that end, we’re holding Friday ticket prices and Saturday ticket prices at the same level as 2023 and in addition, we’re also absorbing the online ticket booking fee, making tickets this year even better value!

I hope you enjoyed finding out our latest news but please don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date as the event approaches.

Best wishes

Liam

Supporters

Fastfix Drainage and Plumbing logo
Wolfridge Alpacas logo

On Instagram

Keep up with news and photos on our Instagram account - don't forget to tag @ThornburyCarnival and #ThornburyCarnival in your snaps on the day!

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The map below shows the location of Thornbury Carnival on the Mundy Playing Fields. Entry for ticketholders is via The Close, off the High Street, near Star Legal.

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