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Notting Hill Carnival

London

Held each August Bank Holiday since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe. The Carnival Bands will take to the roads from around 9am on Sunday 26th August and the same time on Monday 27th of August. Sunday is Children’s day and Monday is Adults day. The Carnival parade should complete its procession by 7pm.

We were lucky enough to visit London on August Bank Holiday weekend when Notting Hill Carnival is staged as an annual event and is a highlight of the London events calendar. I would not recommend taking anyone under 6 as pushing a pram in a large crowd with confined spaces is a bit unnerving. It is also extremely loud when the floats go past and even Hannah, my 6 year old was a bit frightened. The tube at Notting Hill is normally closed off so the best mode of transport is the bus. However the general carnival experience with the glittering costumes, throbbing base lines and party atmosphere was one not to be missed. You cannot fail to jig around to the music and when the sun is out, it is one happy place. We were also glad to come away just before 4pm before it became too hectic for the children and the serious party animals moved in to celebrate.

Every year the streets of West London come alive, with the sounds and smells of Europe's biggest street festival. Twenty miles of vibrant colourful costumes surround over 40 static sound systems, hundreds of Caribbean food stalls, over 40,000 volunteers and over 1 million Notting Hill carnival revellers.

What time is Carnival due to start?

The Carnival Bands will take to the roads from around 9am on Sunday 26th August and the same time on Monday 27th of August. Sunday is Children’s day and Monday is Adults day. The Carnival parade should complete its procession by 7pm.

For further info see http://www.thenottinghillcarnival.com/

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