Giant carnival comes to Telford

Telford & Wrekin Council and Telford Town Park will celebrate all things big with a Carnival of Giants on Saturday 6 June 2015.

Giant carnival comes to Telford

The Carnival of Giants promises to be a day-long colourful celebration with the main attraction being a colourful parade of giants and magical creatures created by local schools and community groups.

In advance of the event, artists from the Liverpool Lantern Company will be working with local schools and groups to explore local mythology and lore of giants.

They will work together to create giants and puppets for the Carnival procession on the day with a spectacular parade from the Southwater development to the Telford Town Park.

The Liverpool Lantern Company will also work with the local schools and community groups to create smaller items for people to carry such as fish, birds and butterflies.

It is hoped that the community groups that work on the different elements of the parade will be able to create something they can take back to their own carnival fete or fun day.

The Liverpool Lantern Company will be creating large spectacular giants including the Wrekin Giant and other giant characters from folklore.  

The event will also host the Telford Big Dance, a fun and inspirational community event which will bring young people from across the borough together to energetically perform and dance as a large group.

In addition there will be a mix of local food and craft markets within the QEII Fields In Trust Town Park Arena, as well as a host of sporting activities to take part in and a giant tea party for all to enjoy. 

Councillor Liz Clare, cabinet member for leisure services and culture, said: “This event is the only one of its kind in Telford and the surrounding area and one that will capture the imagination of people of all ages. Carnival is a celebration of place and people.  

“Our ambition was to involve the community in creating something spectacular to celebrate where they live and we hope this will be become a regular part of our growing events calendar.

“I’d urge everyone to get creative and join the carnival.”

The Carnival of Giants takes place on Saturday 6 June 2015 in Southwater and Telford Town Park.