Marlow Carnival – full programme of entertainments

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Our previous article (read it here) covered all the basics of the upcoming Marlow Carnival on September 17th – stalls, food, drink and so on.

Here, in more detail we bring you a full programme of events and entertainments.  Plenty to do, whatever the weather – although the weather will be fab of course!

(while we are it it, do follow the Carnival Facebook page – it is being updated regularly with all manner of snippets of info)


The procession introduced in 2015 was a huge success!  Any child can join in the procession (must be accompanied by an adult.). Simply meet on the grass near the cricket pitch in Higginson Park at 11.15, ready to to walk at 11.30. Theme will be Rio and the Olympics, if you fancy dressing up colourfully or sporty!

They are also looking for a drummer to lead the procession, contact if you can help!

Now onto the entertainments:

There are 4 places  you can be entertained this year – like a compact festival 🙂

MAIN STAGE  –  for music and the carnival opening

  • 12.00 – 12.15    CARNIVAL OPENING – procession arrives in the park by main stage and a wonderful join in Rio celebration commences, led by teachers from JDFD Dance & Fitness
  • 12.30 – 1.00  – bluegrass band SWEET SALLY IN THE ALLEY  return after their huge popularity last year
  • 1.30 – 2.00 – local sensation REEVE perform the first of two sets – dance along
  • 2.30 – 3.00 – ladies singing group THE SONGBIRDS entertain
  • 3.30- – 4.00  REEVE perform their second set
  • 12.15 – 12.30   JDFD DANCE & FITNESS  – YOUTH MOVES
  • 1.00 – 1.25   MARLOW SCHOOL OF DANCE
  • 2.00 – 2.20   PHOENIX DANCE CREW
  • 3.00 – 3.25  STAGECOACH
  • 4.00 – 4.25  RAZZAMATAZZ


  • Children’s workshops will run most of the day in the workshop tent behind the Dance Area
  • Confirmed workshops:   (you can book or just turn up)
  • 12.30 – 12.45  Youth Moves Minis  – ages 2.5 – 5
  • 12.45 – 1.00    Street & Youth Moves – ages 5 – 11
  • 1.30 – 2.00     Marlow School of Dance – multi age – dance
  • 2.30 – 3.00     Stagecoach – multi age – drama, singing and dance
  • 3.30 – 4.00     Razzamatazz – multi age – singing drama and dance


  • Django Jazz all day


  • Set up in the park is a tiny open stage for any budding performers to come along and have a go – 20 minute slots throughout the day, acoustic only.
  • Contact Jane to book your slot!!


  • Stuart will be leading the  fun and games on the park throughout the day, assault courses, kids activities as fabulous as ever and always busy

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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