Carnival 2021 to be postponed until July 2022

It is with great regret that Saffron Walden Round Table has taken the difficult decision to further postpone the 8 Day Weekend Carnival planned for July this year.  Despite the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine and the recent announcement by the Prime Minister, phase 4 is not scheduled to take place until the 21 st June at the very earliest. That date is too close to the planned start date of Carnival and  as such does not make it possible for us to organise a large scale event at short notice.

As Organisers, we have an obligation to provide a safe event environment for all our suppliers, performers, volunteers and of course the entire community who support us in their thousands as well as balancing the financial risks that stretches into a six-figure sum. If there were to be any slippage with the lifting of restrictions, it would have a detrimental effect on our ability to meet both
obligations and therefore we simply cannot proceed this year.

There is some good news; the new dates are already confirmed as Friday 8th July to Saturday 16th July 2022 and for all those who have purchased tickets for our opening Family Night, One Night with Queen and The Blues Brothers, you will be able to carry tickets forward as all acts have agreed to perform next year. We are also extremely grateful to all our Partners and Sponsors who have also agreed to continue supporting us.

As a result of these exceptional circumstances, tickets purchased via our website will be eligible for a full refund up until the 30th September 2021.  In view of our decision to move the event to 2022, existing tickets will be valid and customers who would like to attend next year do not need to do anything at this time. We will announce more information as soon as we are able to do so and in
particular the dates for the 3 events already confirmed.

Having been unable to hold a number of our regular events for the Town, including Fireworks and the Easter Egg Hunt, SWRT will see if it is possible to organise something smaller this year but it will all depend on the progress over the coming months and based on Government guidance.

Any questions can be emailed to but we do ask for your patience with regards to a response, as we work through them as quickly as possible