Animals and African drumming at Harpenden Carnival this weekend

Harpenden Carnival - courtesy of

Harpenden Carnival - courtesy of - Credit: Archant

Harpenden is going wild with birds of prey and ferret racing at this year’s carnival.

The Harpenden Carnival will be held on Saturday, June 10 with a procession led by African drums starting at 12pm from Lydekker Park.

An African dance workshop will kick off the carnival, which this year is celebrating animals and nature with the theme ‘go wild’. There will be birds of prey in the arena and sheep race the lamb national, as well as ferret racing, pond dipping and a dedicated wildlife zone. Visitors can bring their dogs to perform at the Savills Dog Show.

Musicians will perform on stage, and there will be appearances by children’s entertainer Mr Alexander and Pete the dinosaur, as well as other activities, stalls and refreshments.

Harpenden town mayor Rosemary Farmer said: “I am really looking forward to the Harpenden Carnival which always proves to be an exciting and fun day.”

Entrance is free and gates are open from 12.30pm to 5pm.