How we make it happen

Farnham Carnival is the biggest event in the town’s calendar. So what does it take to make it such a success every year? 

Carnival organisers

The management of Farnham Carnival is a joint venture between Farnham Lions and The Hedgehogs, with strong support from a number of other members of the community. 

The main Carnival Committee works throughout the year to co-ordinate all the various activities essential to putting on a safe and successful event, from sponsorship to licence approvals and from parade entries and stall bookings to publicity, our website and much more. 

The Carnival Committee includes the following roles:

Chairman Graham Noakes (

Treasurer Colin Jordan (

Sponsorship Keith Harris (

Publicity Tilly Casson (

Two other groups are central to making Carnival successful every year:

The Gostrey Meadow Committee is responsible for putting together all the ingredients essential to making a fun day out for families and friends of all ages. This includes working with others to book great local bands, a wide variety of food and drinks stalls, charity and craft stalls and children’s entertainments.

The Parade Committee co-ordinates all aspects of ensuring a lively and varied procession around the town. This includes encouraging schools and young people’s groups, charities and commercial organisations to participate, each providing their unique take on the Carnival theme and raising the visibility of their organisation to the thousands who throng the streets to watch the noisy and vibrant parade.

And on the day, it’s vital to effectively organise road closures and provide marshals all around the route, to ensure that everyone taking part in, or watching, the parade has a great safe time.

Parade Chairman: Steve Tilburn  (

How can you help?

Farnham Carnival is organised by Farnham Lions and The Hedgehogs,  ably assisted by a number of other volunteers, as a fun day out for the people of Farnham and surrounding villages. Every year, huge numbers come into town to enjoy the fun, colour and excitement of the Gostrey Meadow Fayre and the Carnival Parade. 

It’s the perfect way for our two clubs to say ‘thank you’ to all those who support us throughout the year in raising many thousands of pounds for good causes.

As you will see from our Carnival website, without the large number of individuals and organisations willing to provide financial support and manpower in many different ways, Carnival just could not happen.

But we’re always looking for new ideas and new support to help us achieve our goal of making each Carnival the best yet.

So take a tour of our website and let us know how you could help. What’s for sure is that whatever you can offer to do, you’ll have a great time getting involved!