Family fun as carnival returns

Atherton Carnival
Atherton Carnival

RESIDENTS will be able to enjoy all the fun of the fair as Atherton Carnival returns for a packed day of family activities.

Hundreds of people are expected to visit the carnival at Meadowbank Playing Fields on Sunday as organisers are planning a day of live entertainment, attractions and stalls.

Atherton Carnival

Atherton Carnival

The carnival begins at noon with the traditional parade around the streets of Atherton, with this year’s impressive spectacle set to include scooters, VW camper vans, an open-topped bus containing musicians from Wigan Ukulele Club and a float bearing Anna and Elsa from the hit film Frozen.

The event then continues all afternoon with live music from bands ranging from brass ensembles to samba groups, dancers, DJs, a fairground, pony rides and zorb balls.

There is also the chance to get up close and personal with an array of beasties with the Curious Critters bug challenge, scale the climbing wall or get a bird’s eye view of the carnival courtesy of the fire engine lift.

The carnival is now in its sixth year after the old tradition was resurrected by the event’s organising committee.

Committee member Eileen Seddon said: “It’s become a massive event in Atherton. We got about 2,000 people down last year and the residents line all the streets for the parade before going to the playing fields.

“This is all done for the community and because we want Atherton to be a thriving town. We don’t make any money, it all goes back into the carnival.”

Atherton Carnival is on Sunday June 21 at Meadowbank playing fields on Formby Avenue, with the parade starting at noon and entertainment continuing until 6pm. Entry is free.