FREE Live Music, Circus Workshops, Samba Dancers and more! Head to Desborough Road on Sunday 3rd July, from 11am – 4pm for a Carnival celebration…

Desborough Road will be alive with the sounds of Summer this Sunday 3rd July, as the Desborough Carnival’ returns to High Wycombe town centre. The FREE popular Carnival event, a celebration of music & culture, represents the very best of local performers, musicians, artists, with a busy line-up of creative classes, live shows & more!

Hosted in conjunction with Wycombe Arts Centre, the entertainment will take place throughout the day, from 11am – 4pm, and with Desborough Road closed to traffic, especially for the occasion, there’ll be activities to enjoy along the whole street!

Wycombe Arts Centre will be at the heart of the celebration, hosting the Main Stage – including performances from Chiltern Groove, DJ Raga, MLN, The Rock Project and DJ Paul Unomundo – plus there’ll be Carnival congas throughout the day, and flamboyant Mask-making workshops, led by our very own troop of Samba dancers.

Carnival walker on stilts walking down Desborough Road in High Wycombe

Visitors will be getting in the Carnival rhythm with Drumming Workshops from both Drumojo (Wycombe Arts Centre) and The Dhol Collective (Desborough Road), as well as ‘Circus Workshops’, and a ‘Craft Village’ for those embracing their arty side. Dan Wilson from Decreate will also be bringing colour to the streets with a LIVE masterpiece!

For those feeling peckish, there’ll be exceptional food offerings from Desborough Road favourites, including Burger Daddy & Uncle Sami’s, plus there’ll be face painting, stilt walking and even soft play for everyone to enjoy – the fun is never-ending, and it’s all FREE.

Chief Executive of HWBIDCo, Melanie Williams, is getting in the Carnival mood. “Desborough Carnival has always been one of our favourite town centre events, and we’re so pleased to be able to bring it back again this year. It really is a celebration of High Wycombe’s amazingly talented community of artists, musicians and entertainers, and we love having the opportunity to join forces with local organisations such as Wycombe Arts Centre. The weather is looking perfect this Sunday, and we can’t wait to showcase Desborough Road at its finest – we hope there’ll be lots of people joining us for another FREE family event in High Wycombe.”

Check out our gallery of the 2019 Carnival below. For more information on other town centre events happening this summer, head over to our What’s On page