Chirk Carnival launched on the 28th of May 2022, reviving the town carnival after over 25 years since the last Carnival
came to the town. This year we brought it back with a bang. It saw an array of unique local producers take to the carnival site within a large marquee and across the carnival field, along with a range of free family entertainment, including giant obstacle courses with people challenging each other to complete to the top, circus skills for all and a vintage fairground with traditional rides and stalls.
The marquee was utilised the night before the carnival opened its doors for a children’s community disco, bringing together all the town children and pupils from Ysgol Y Waun and Pentre School. The team then quickly turned the marquee from the family disco into a space ready for traders to set up the following day.
Chirk Carnival also hosted Refugee Kindness, which had a display within the marquee for all the families they support within the community, helping make the event inclusive and welcoming to all. This also allowed the charity to raise additional funds to keep them on their journey.
The main area attraction was Medieval Jousting!! It was a spectacular site to see in the centre of Chirk, which is so rich in history with a castle overlooking the town and great heritage through the ages. So when Sir Robert of Wrexham took to his horse against the black knight, the crowds cheered and went wild with excitement as the show started! With wood shattering and swords on fire, once the battle commenced, it was a real sight to be held on the rec.
The event featured a music stage with local artists playing throughout the day, and visitors enjoyed the sun and tasty street food. We had the community choir Dynamic join us, a local Sign Language choir that performs all the latest songs. The Upbeats, a local covers band, headlined the day.
The Cambria Band attended the Carnival, too, bringing their drum performance and workshops throughout the day. It was great to see children joining in with their marching and engaging with what they do. We also had Chirk Hockey Club join us for the event offering free hockey taster sessions throughout the day.
If you didn’t manage to grab one of Cafe Wylfa’s signature sausage rolls in the marquee, don’t worry. You can always pop down to their cafe and grab one with a lovely coffee too!
The event welcomed over 4500 people to the Carnival for its first event. It was hugely popular with the local community and brought people into the town from further afield.
This event received funding from The City of Culture 2025 Bid and was run in partnership with Chirk Town Council.
Chirk Carnival will return to the recreational ground on the 3rd of June, 2023