Welcome to the Official Wem Carnival Website


It is with great sadness that the committee has had to take the decision to cancel Wem Carnival 2021.The decision has not been taken lightly. We have studied the guidance given and believe it will be impossible to comply with everything required for it to take place with social distancing being around for the foreseeable future and the potential of Covid passports for large spectator events.Public safety has always been our paramount concern and at present there is too much uncertainty around what could be required, for us to go ahead with this years event safely.We hope you understand why we have made this decision and that you will support us in making next year’s event bigger and better, but above all safe, for everyone to enjoy.

Wem Carnival Committee


Wem Carnival Committee has now had the opportunity to review the latest guidance from the Government and held an Extraordinary Committee Meeting via social media platforms to discuss the feasibility of holding this year’s event.

After careful review, and with the heaviest of hearts, it was decided that this year’s event will need to be cancelled.

Our overriding concern has always been the health and well being of our parade participants, performers, traders and public who support us and make Wem Carnival the fantastic event that it is.

We know that this will be a huge disappointment for the community, and we desperately wanted to be able to put on the event to give the town something to look forward to, but feel our decision is the most socially responsible thing we can do to ensure public safety and well being.

As soon as we are able to, we will start planning for next year’s event which will be held on Saturday 4th September 2021 and hope you will support us in our decision.

It goes without saying, we wish you the best of health and please stay safe.

Wem Carnival Committee

Wem Carnival was first held in 1911, used as a way in which to commemorate the Coronation of King George V. That procession consisted of the members of Wem TT Band, the local Scout troupe, members of the U.D.C. masters and pupils of the near-by Grammar School, British School and National School, the Friendly Societies (in their full regalia, including their banners) and the areas parishioners and townsfolk in fancy dress. This was followed by sports events, a dance on the Castle Field, and entertainment at the Cricket Pavilion. The evening consisted of a procession by torchlight, and a Cycle Carnival.

From that day to the present, interest in the Carnival itself has meandered, some years fully focused on it others it was neglected completely. Through wartime and the 60s its popularity sunk, but was revised fruitfully in 1978 – and has continued every year subsequently, with the original format of the 1911 Carnival still in use to this day.

Where are we?

On Carnival day you can find us at Wem Scout and Guide Hut where we have our Headquarters for the day. We also have Marshal’s out and about during the parade. First Aid is available from here or can be called by one of the Marshals during the parade.

Sat Nav Postcode for gala field: SY4 5AP

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