Bishop's Stortford Town Council welcomes the Annual Carnival Parade and Fun Day on Saturday 15th June 2024. 

The Carnival Parade departs from South Mill Arts (CM23 3JG) at 11.30am, processes through South Street, Potter Street, Market Square, North Street and Northgate End, finishing on Link Road at approximately 12.20pm.  

The Carnival Fun Day on Sworders Field (CM23 2EL) is from 12pm – 5pm; visit over 100 stalls at the Fun Day including a bar as well as delicious food from around the world.  Be sure to visit The Carnival Cruise, a special array of decorated working and pleasure boats, moored along the river between the Register Office (CM23 2DL) and Station Road.

The whole event promises to be a fantastic experience for all the family.

How to Apply

Application forms for the 2024 Carnival Parade and Fun Day will be posted here in due course.

Standard Pitches Application Form: 

Catering Pitches Application Form: 

Parade Entry Form: 

Classic Cars Entry Form: 


1 standard pitch is 4m x 4m
Cost of a commercial pitch £54.00 incl. VAT (£45 plus VAT)
Cost of a charity pitch £30.00 incl. VAT (£25 plus VAT)
1 catering pitch is 5m x 5m at a cost of £150.00 incl. VAT (£125.00 plus VAT)

The deadline for submitting applications is the 30th May 2024.
Please contact or call 01279 715001 for more information.

The Stortford Carnival Cruise

A special array of working and pleasure boats will be moored in Bishop’s Stortford for the Carnival Cruise. The Mayor of Bishop’s Stortford will be awarding a prize to the skipper & crew of the “Best Decorated Boat” and the runner up. Don’t miss your chance to view them along the river between the Register Office (CM23 2DL) and Station Road. Boats visiting this year will be able to book in using the following link

Please check you receive an email response, which may go into your spam folder.  If you have not received a confirmatory email within a few minutes then your system may be preventing this, and applicants should register by email to providing name, boat name, boat  length / width, date of arrival and any special mooring requests

Carnival Lifeguards

A big thank you to Hertfordshire Boat Rescue and Bishop’s Stortford Life Saving Club who will be our Carnival Fun Day lifeguards on Sworders Field again this year.

Bar Tender

The tender for the bar at the Carnival Fun Day is now open. Bids are hereby invited from suitable, qualified and experienced service providers to submit an offer for the running of a mobile bar as a sole concession at Bishop’s Stortford Carnival Fun Day on Saturday 15 June 2024 at, Sworders Field, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2EL. Bid deadline 1st March 2024. Refer to the tender document below for further information on how to apply. 

Contact or call 01279 715000 for more information