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Everything you need to know about this year’s Stowmarket Carnival and StowFiesta





A Suffolk town is hosting two free events to entertain families with live music, food and activities.

The first is StowFiesta which is set to return on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 for two days of fun at Chilton Fields, Stowmarket.

The popular music festival will see a line up of Suffolk musicians take to the stage including Sarah Mai, Lucky No. 7, The Becconians and Soul Fusion Seven.

Last year's StowFiesta saw thousands come out to enjoy some live music. Picture: Stowmarket Town Council
Last year's StowFiesta saw thousands come out to enjoy some live music. Picture: Stowmarket Town Council
Hope and Anita with Jeffery from Stowmarket enjoying the music festival. Picture: Mark Westley
Hope and Anita with Jeffery from Stowmarket enjoying the music festival. Picture: Mark Westley

There will also be plenty for children to enjoy with a giant inflatable human football table, bungee trampolines, face painting, giant snakes and ladders, glitter tattoos and circus equipment.

It is being hosted by Stowmarket Town Council and organiser Billie King is looking forward to it.

She said: “We are excited to once again be kicking off this year’s events calendar with StowFiesta.

Bear Brown, five, at last year's StowFiesta. Picture: Mark Westley
Bear Brown, five, at last year's StowFiesta. Picture: Mark Westley

“Last year’s event had record breaking attendance figures and hugely positive feedback from the community.

“We hope to see you all there.”

The festival will take place from 1.30pm to 8.30pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on StowFiesta, click here.

Stowmarket Carnival Procession during the Jubilee celebrations in 2022. Picture: Mecha Morton
Stowmarket Carnival Procession during the Jubilee celebrations in 2022. Picture: Mecha Morton

The second event to mark in your calendar is Stowmarket Carnival which is taking place in two months.

The three-day event kicks off on Friday, July 12 with a free concert from Stowmarket Concert Band at the Recreation Ground at 7.30pm.

The annual procession will take place the following day and includes nine lorry floats as well as tractor unit entries which will make its way from Needham Road at 12.30pm, passing Ipswich Street at about 1pm, to finish at the Recreation Ground.

The carnival has nine floats this year as well as tractor entries. Picture: Mecha Morton
The carnival has nine floats this year as well as tractor entries. Picture: Mecha Morton
Stowmarket Carnival is a three-day event starting in July. Picture: Mecha Morton
Stowmarket Carnival is a three-day event starting in July. Picture: Mecha Morton

Stocks Fun Fair will be at the Rec for the entire weekend as well as a vehicle show on Sunday, July 14.

This year, the carnival’s theme is ‘decades’ and the celebrations will conclude with a church service at 4.30pm which is being organised by the King’s Church.

For more information on Stowmarket Carnival, click here.

Organiser Simon Burton said: “I am looking forward to being part of the procession this year as last year I had to divert my attention to The Recreation Ground, so missed the procession.

“I can't wait for everyone to come together over the three days and have a brilliant time.

“Entry is free and it's fun all weekend.”