Be in the Procession

Enter the Procession – It’s Free to Enter!

It couldn’t be easier to join in and take part:

Simply fill out all sections of the online application form below, read and agree to the Rules and Regulations and that’s it – you’ve entered! There are two Processions to choose from; 2pm & 7:15pm. You can take part in either or why not take part in both!? You will receive an automated email response with all necessary details and information – Please ensure to read this so you are fully aware of ‘where to be at what time!’ (Make sure to check your Junk Mail folder!). 

Remember it’s FREE to enter with cash prize donations to be won, so come and join in the fun!

How to:

Want to enter the Carnival but don’t know where to start?  Simply download our guide and have a read through our suggestions, advice, hints and tips.  Entering doesn’t have to be complicated – with a variety of classes, we cater for all!

Please make sure to download and read our How To guide: Click Here

Need Float Insurance:

Want to enter the Carnival and require insurance – NO PROBLEM!  Head over to our friends at Event Insurance Direct and they will be able to help you further. Float insurance is as little as £30!

To visit Event Insurance Direct visit there website: Click Here


The assembly point for the procession is at Parkside Industrial Estate, with parking for procession entrants available in Millstream Industrial Park immediately adjacent. Please ensure to arrive at the assembly point no later than the following times:

Afternoon Assembly: 1pm latest.  (1:15pm for very young children) with judging 12:45pm – 1:45pm.  Procession commencement: 2pm

Evening Assembly: 6pm latest with judging 6pm – 7pm. Procession commencement: 7:15pm.

To find details on the location of Parkside Industrial Park, parking for procession entrants, route and map of the town, please go to our ‘Find Us’ page.

Classes, Judging, Trophies and Prizes:


Class 1 – Walking Entries (single persons and groups) to include any pushed floats/props.

Class 2 – Small motorised floats (groups with small motorised vehicle).

Class 3 – Large motorised floats (groups with large motorised vehicle – 7.5 Ton upwards).

We very much welcome businesses to enter our processions and join in the fun!  Entries however must have a theme, be in fancy dress with any support vehicles suitably decorated.  A good entry/theme will attract positive attention to your organisation or business ! It’s Carnival ‘join in the ‘spirit!’

Unsure of which class to enter?  Don’t worry, just make to register and we’ll put you in the right place on the day!


Judging takes place at Parkside Industrial Park at the following times:

Afternoon Judging: 12:45pm – 1:45pm

Evening Judging: 6pm – 7 pm


Jen & Den Youth Trophy – Best School Entry (Presented in the afternoon procession)

The Jade Clarke Trophy – Best Youth Entry (Presented in the afternoon procession)

The ‘Catweazle’ Trophy – Best Youth Walking Entry (Presented in the afternoon procession)

The Cox & Hicks Trophy – Best Humorous Entry Overall (Presented in the evening procession)

The Sampson Family Trophy – The ‘Spirit’ of Ringwood Carnival (Presented in the evening procession)

The Tom Gamage Trophy – Best of Show (Presented in the evening procession)

Presentation of trophies takes place in the market place during the procession and are awarded by President of the Ringwood Carnival Society.

Prize Money:

Cash prizes will be donated to any winners’ chosen school, registered club or charity. 

£500 for Best Overall Float.

£250 for 2nd Best Overall Float.

£100 for 3rd Best Overall Float.

£50 for the best entry within Class 1

£75 for the best entry within Class 2

£100 for the best entry in Class 3

£100 for each trophy Winner.

Penny Collection:

We provide buckets to all procession entrants to collect ‘pennies’ for Ringwood Carnival Society from the large crowds lining the streets.  These pennies are then donated back into the local community.  For more information on this process, please click here to view our donations page.  The pennies collected during our processions are for the Ringwood Carnival Society and not to be kept by the procession entries themselves.

We look forward to seeing you on the DAY – Good Luck!

Please make sure that you read and adhere to the Rules & Regulations carefully.

Your Name (required):

Your Email (required):

Telephone Number (optional):

Name of Club, Organisation, School or Group (required):

Entry Title Name (required) e.g: "Pirates":

Select Procession (required):
Afternoon ProcessionEvening ProcessionBoth

Entry Class (required):

Is your entry considered a Youth Entry (Under 18) for judging purposes? (required):

Would you like to receive our Email Newsletter? We of course would recommend! (required):

I have read and accept the Rules & Regulations (required - see below):

Additional Comments - Tell us more about your entry and we will try and announce it! (optional):

Be sure to read the Rules & Regulations before submitting your entry.
Be sure to download and read our How To Guide: Click Here

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