Image of the official Birchwood Carnival logo, featuring a pennant design.

East Warrington will be alive with music, colour and excitement on Sunday 11 June for Birchwood Carnival 2023.

The annual event, at Birchwood Forest Park, always proves to be popular with people from Warrington and beyond - and this year is set to be no exception, with some first-class entertainment lined up.

A colourful ‘Coronation’ themed procession around the park led by Batida Rio Samba Band marks the start of the festivities at 12.40pm.  Next is the fancy dress competition judging and prize-giving, followed by the official event opening at 1pm.

The afternoon's arena acts include Little Nippers Terrier Display, Batida Rio, and local acts such as Northern Starr Dance.

There will also be a fun dog show running throughout the afternoon, a large funfair and over 30 charity, craft and commercial stalls to visit.

Other attractions this year include a range of food outlets, Zoo 2 U Animals, a climbing wall and rodeo dinosaur, magic shows, giant Lego, donkey rides and local history displays.

There will also be the chance to join a range of workshops, including drumming, craft and circus skills.  Most of the activities are free of charge so there will be lots to do for the whole family!

Warrington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for community and leisure, Cllr Tony Higgins, said:  “Birchwood Carnival is always a highlight in our calendar, bringing large crowds to the Forest Park for a day of fun and entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

“The organisers have been working as hard as ever to make sure it’s a very special day for the whole family. There will be a real carnival atmosphere and lots to see and do – so make sure you join us for what will be a wonderful occasion in one of our fantastic green spaces.”

Now in its 40th year, Birchwood Carnival is organised and run by Warrington Borough Council’s Ranger Service and Birchwood Carnival Committee, with funding and support from Birchwood Town Council, Warrington Borough Council’s Community Initiative Fund, Sellafield Ltd, Your Housing Group, Birchwood Park, Birchwood Shopping Centre, The Friends of Birchwood Forest Park, Birchwood Lions, and The Buddha Group.

This year’s event takes place on the main playing fields at Birchwood Forest Park on Sunday 11 June from 12 noon.

For more information, visit Birchwood Carnival & Committee on Facebook.