by Rebecca Hannant
The annual Withernsea Carnival will return this weekend, boasting nine days of free events for the whole family to enjoy.
On Saturday, August 19, Withernsea Carnival will get under way a range of music and entertainment across various venues including Valley Gardens, Withernsea Lighthouse and the Meridian Centre.
The popular traditional carnival parade will also return this year in full force, highlighting the many businesses and organisations operating in the town. After the parade, the Carnival Prince and Princess (Jacob Caddick and Lily Elms) will be crowned.
Throughout the nine-day event there will be a wide range of free events from a disco at the Meridian Centre on Saturday, August 19, from 6pm to 8pm, to a magic show the following Sunday, alongside a quiz at the Meridian Centre at 6pm.
And, on Sunday August 20, there will be a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast involving a Spitfire and/or Hurricane. The flypast is expected to take place between 1.57pm and 2.27pm.
On Monday, August 21, the carnival will host a range of wizarding events where children can be sorted into wizarding houses, brew potions, create their own wand and more. At 5.30pm, the carnival will also host a Magical Feast – booking is required.
On Tuesday, August 22, there will be a sandcastle and pebble pictures competition before karaoke at the Pier Hotel from 6pm.
Wednesday’s events will include a Princess and Pirate Day in the Lighthouse Gardens. Prize bingo will also take place at the Pier Hotel on the evening.
On Thursday, August 24, the Hut will host a range of games and activities for children, and on Friday there will be a Carnival Gameshow event at the Meridian Centre.
On Saturday, August 26, the Hosanna Creative Ministry will host music, games and entertainment.
The event will draw to a close on Sunday, August 27, with a fancy address competition.
As part of the event, there will be a wide range of traders throughout the town from food stalls to crafts, and the shop window spotting competition will also return with more than 50 businesses taking part, including the Gazette office in Seaside Road.
To find out about the full list of events and timings, Carnival programmes are available
to purchase for £1 from outlets in the town including the Gazette. The programmes also include vouchers for businesses including Doki Doki Kaiju, Mar’s Milkshakes and Game King. Buying the programme will also grant entry to the shop window display competition.
Programmes are also available from Holderness Hardware, the Withernsea Town Council office, Moore’s News, the Gateway Community Care Hub, The Card Shop, Sea View Selections, Tesco and Withernsea Lighthouse.