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Malmesbury Carnival & Festival

Various locations, Malmesbury, Wilts
Malmesbury Carnival Procession
  • Malmesbury Carnival Procession
  • Malmesbury Community Choir
  • Malmesbury Carnival Procession
  • Malmesbury Carnival 'Petticoat Lane'
  • Malmesbury Carnival Open Gardens


The ancient market town of Malmesbury has been home to a Carnival for nearly 100 years, and the heart of Carnival is still the procession, which this year is on the 5th September starting from 4pm. The route is up through the town and is always lined with enthusiastic and generous spectators, enjoying the spectacle and invention of the local participants and the wonderful marching bands.

These days though, Carnival and Festival is so much more than the procession. During August there will be a range of events to suit all ages and tastes.  All profits made from these events are donated back into the local community.

The full, detailed Festival programme is now available on the Carnival website here, some of the highlights include; 

Open Gardens; Discover Malmesbury’s varied and beautiful gardens throughout the town. Sunday 2nd August

Petticoat Lane, our lively street market of bargains and fun. Sunday 30th August

Billy Danter’s fun fair – the ever popular fair is back with rides for all the family, Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th September.

These are just a few of the events that will be running – keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates of food and wine evenings, quizzes, family fun days and talks.

Tickets for events will be available from the Carnival website and from the Tourist Information Centre at the Town Hall in Malmesbury.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Malmesbury is just off the A429, 10 minutes north of the M4, Junction 17.

Public Transport Directions

Buses run to Malmesbury from Cirencester, Swindon and Chippenham. The nearest rail station is Kemble, 15 minutes drive.



  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering - A number of cafes and restaurants serve the town
  • Picnic area - For outdoor events and elsewhere in the town

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Event
  • Outdoor Event

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking

Payment Methods

  • Prior Booking Recommended - Many events sell out so early booking is advised. Payment by Paypal, cash or cheque.

Opening Times

Various dates and times (1 Aug 2020 - 6 Sept 2020)


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