Carnival Club

Blyth Carnival Club

Headway Arts Bringing Back Blyth Carnival!


This summer we’re working with Blyth Town Council to bring back the Blyth Community Carnival,  drawing inspiration from the old time carnivals, circus and vintage entertainments from Blyth’s unique history.

On Saturday 26th August there will be a Community Carnival Parade to Blyth Market Place which will kick off an afternoon programme of performance on the community stage and around the market place. Blyth will host the very best of dance, music, circus and street theatre from an array of regional artists. There will be an international market and the afternoon will finish with rock-a-billy and lindy hop dancing with Anth Purdy.


Carnival Club

No artistic skill is required, the sessions are free of charge and you can attend as often as you like. Everyone is welcome.


Carnival Club workshops are happening at Headway ArtSpace throughout the whole of July and August. Monday to Friday 11am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm.

You can come to all of them or just one – it’s up to you. Workshops are free and open to everyone but places are limited so please let us know you are coming by booking a place on 01670351962 or emailing


On Tuesdays leading up to the festival there will be sessions by

  • Blyth Valley Samba   6.30pm-9.30pm
  • Carnival Parade Costumes  4.30pm-6.30pm

All materials are provided and Headway Arts’ creative team will be on hand to help people design and make their own costumes, walking floats, models, banners and other colourful items to carry in the parade.

All ages welcome although young people under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Group bookings available.


Businesses – can you offer some support or sponsorship? Dress your windows with a circus or theatrical theme? Enter a float into the parade? Make a donation?

Community Centres and Groups – we challenge you to represent, come build a float and walk in the parade!

Performers, groups and artists – want to be part of the parade and perform on our community stage?

Basically we’d love to hear from anyone who wants to get involved; making, dancing, acting, singing, stewarding…it’s Blyth’s own Carnival… come along and get involved!


Headway Arts were ​Creative Producers of the Tall Ships Community Parade 2016 & Tall Ships Fringe Festival, part of the award-winning Blyth Tall Ships Regatta 2016. Watch our short film to see what we got up to – and see what you could be a part of this year.