Event- Carnival Event Guide

Final details are being put in place for the 2019 St Pauls Carnival as it returns to the city this year. Here’s a run down of what your readers/listeners need to know about the event to ensure it’s a fun and memorable event.

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1.     Details of the day

The 2019 St Pauls Carnival will take place on Saturday, 6 July from 12.00pm – 10.00pm

Highlights not to be missed:

-        Watch the iconic procession as it passes through the area’s streets between 12.00pm and 4.00pm. Judging will take place on the junction of City Road and Ashley Road mid-way through the procession as floats and troupes pass the judging area

-        Prize giving will take place starting from 3.30/4.00pm at Mandela’s Hideaway, St Agnes Park

-        Enjoy authentic Caribbean fayre including Jerk Chicken, Curry Goat, Rice and Peas, plantain and sugar cane at one of the many street food stalls.

-        Visit one of the stages where you can experience an array of live acts throughout the day showcasing music genres from dancehall, reggae and soca to dub, calypso and drum and bass.

-        Experience the bass at one of the sound systems long associated with Carnival going back to its roots 51 years ago.

2.     Procession route

·        Starting at St Paul Street, it will advance to Portland Square and travel around the square

·        Continue up Dean Street then Brigstocke Road  

·        Turn right onto City Road and head to the junction with Ashley Road where the judging will take place

·        The procession will continue down Ashley Road, turn right down Lower Ashley Road, and then turn right into Tudor Road.

·        Left onto Fern Street and then right along Newfoundland Road.

·        The procession will end outside of the St Pauls Sports Centre near the junction with Dove Lane

3.     Family activities

Carnival is an inclusive event for all ages and there are many things for younger carnival goers to see and do throughout the event. The procession is always a highlight and worth watching if you are taking children. There will be plenty of good vantage points along the route.

As well as walking around and soaking up the sensory delights of Carnival there will be dedicated family fun zones in St Paul’s Park, St Agnes Park and We The Curious, one of our partners for Family Zone.

Keep children safe with free wristbands - to write your number on - available from the Information Points. There are three ‘lost children’ locations: St Agnes Park, St Pauls Learning Centre and Brunswick Square.

You’ll find carnival-inspired craft activities and a sensory area including face painting and a visit from Bristol Zoo. The ‘Zoo to You’ team will be bringing animals including Madagascan hissing cockroaches, giant spiny stick insects, and giant African land snails, as well as craft activities such as decorating a ‘little bear’ which will be part of a summer holiday trail in Broadmead, Cabot Circus and The Galleries.

Organised by the Broadmead BID team for Bristol Shopping Quarter, the Little Bear Trail celebrates the opening of Bear Wood this summer, at Bristol Zoological Society’s Wild Place Project just off junction 17 of the M5 motorway.

4.     Road closures

Ideally, we would appreciate vehicles being moved from closed roads by 2pm on Friday 5th July. You will then be able to return your vehicles on Sunday 7th July from 7am.  We will be making Riverside Park available to park vehicles in from 2pm on Friday 5th July. This will be a secure, manned car park with 24hr security operatives and additional lighting available until 12:00 midday on Sunday 7th July. 

If you have any questions regarding the road closures please get in touch with the team on admin@stpaulscarnival.org.uk  We want to work with the communities, residents and business owners so that if any issues arise, we can look for solutions that suit everyone and cause as little disruption as possible.

The road closures shall be implemented from; 14:00hrs on Friday 5th July until 07:00hrs on Sunday morning 7th July. 


5.     Safety/security and wellbeing advice

Carnival goers are advised not to bring rucksacks or any glass to the event. The organisers reserve the right to search bags and any glass found will not be permitted into the Carnival areas and maybe confiscated.

The Carnival team is working closely with Avon & Somerset Police to ensure a safe and friendly Carnival for all.

Some streets will be one-way walking traffic only to encourage traffic flow and stewards and Police will be on hand to direct people.

There will be Information Points at each stage.

First aid points will be in place at the Malcolm X Community Centre, Orange St and Brigstocke Rd. St Pauls Community Sports Academy will act as a temporary hospital.

6.     Travelling to and from Carnival

It is not advised to drive to Carnival due to road closures and limited access around the Carnival area by car.


The nearest train station to St Paul’s Carnival is Bristol Temple Meads.

Buses (First)

All buses are wheelchair accessible; service No.5 that operates through the St Pauls area will be diverted.

All of the following services that operate along the A38 between Stokes Croft and Cheltenham Road, will operate as usual.

·        No.70

·        No.71

·        No.73

·        No.75

·        No.76

·        No.78 

·        No.79 

7.     Accessibility

Every year, we work hard to improve accessibility as part of our commitment to make St Pauls Carnival as inclusive as possible. 

Toilets: There are wheelchair accessible toilets at locations throughout the Carnival site. Maps showing toilet locations shall be available from the information points and shall be in the event programme.

Car parking: the nearest allocated disabled car parking will be at Cabot Circus: Newfoundland Rd, Bristol BS1 3BX.

All live stages and the procession judging point will have designated viewing areas for wheelchair users. If you would like any assistance please approach a carnival steward who will assist you or if you would like to get in touch with someone before the Carnival please contact administrator@stpaulscarnival.org.uk If you find it difficult to communicate via email please call 01179 425017 or 07493 080520.

8.     Souvenirs and mementos

There will be an official programme available on the day. As St Pauls Carnival is a not for profit community organisations we would be grateful of donations towards the programme and towards future Carnival events.

9.     Waste and recycling

We are dedicated to creating a sustainable event which does not impact the local environment and we will be partnering with Bristol Waste. Please recycle your rubbish at recycling points and do not drop litter in the streets.

10.  After parties

There are two official after parties for those who want to carry on partying after St Pauls Carnival 2019 closes at 10.00pm.

Further details can be found here:

10.1  Old School After Party, Malcolm X Centre, City Road. Tickets:

Tickets are £9 plus booking fee, and will be in high demand, priority will be for ticket holders, so it’s advised to purchase them in advance from the following outlets; 

Bristol Ticket Shop, 41 High Street, Bristol, BS1 2AT. Tel: 01179299008.                                                                                

Pride Hair & Beauty Salon 236 Stapleton Rd Easton, Bristol BS5 0NT. Tel: 01179519518.                              Malcolm X Community Centre 141 City Rd St Paul’s, Bristol BS2 8YH. Tel: 01179554497.

You can also purchase E -Tickets online from www.afterdark.co.

10.2 St Pauls Carnival Afterparty at Lakota with Krust, Benny Page, Eva Lazarus

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/365725984040678/