Mayor's Newham Show offers a carnival of delights

26 June 2014 in Council and democracy and Events and Mayor
More than 2,000 residents including 500 children and young people will be taking to the streets for a dazzling carnival opening day to the Mayor’s Newham Show.
Mayor Sir Robin Wales at the Newham Show
An abundance of free family fun is promised at the borough’s biggest and most spectacular event of the year in Central Park, High Street South, East Ham, from midday to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday July 12 and 13.

The glittering Mayor’s Newham Carnival parade starts at 2pm on Saturday from Central Park and weaves its way around Rancliffe Road, High Street South, High Street North, Ron Leighton Way, Barking Road, Bartle Avenue and back into the park.

This year’s event is inspired by the 2014 World Cup taking place in Brazil, the carnival capital of the world so expect samba, steel bands and salsa. Amongst those taking part are pupils from 17 schools and various community organisations.

Among the highlights of this year’s Mayor’s Newham Show are headline acts Bob the Builder (Saturday at 12.30pm) and TV’s CBeebies character Mr Bloom (Sunday, 12.45pm). Both acts will also be making personal appearances in the children’s area at intervals throughout the afternoon.

There is also a dedicated children and under-fives entertainment area and stage themed on the children’s classic Alice in Wonderland as well as a real seaside complete with sand, paddling pool, live steel band, donkey rides and a helter-skelter.

A health and fitness area features a host of interactive sporting taster sessions and demonstrations; free health checks and a free bicycle service which can fix most minor repairs.

The centenary of the start of the First World War will be marked with a carefully reconstructed replica trench in which residents can experience guided tours with historical experts.

There will also be a total of 12 hours of fantastic cabaret routines ranging from circus acts, hula hoop performances, magicians, contortionists, acrobatics and comedians. There is also a Newham Village Fete featuring The Great Newham Bake Off, traditional show stalls, a plant sale, Newham City Farm and a bee keeping experience. A hobbies tent features model railways, creative writing, blacksmithing and hand crafts.

Newham Mayor, Sir Robin Wales, said: “The show continues to provide free entertainment for the whole family. It is a fantastic event which brings Newham together. 

“Alongside all the great activities this year we want residents to can get the most out of the borough by finding out what the council is doing for them, whether it is tips to recycle more, finding out about job and training opportunities or information on sporting activities or making the borough safer.

“It is a great weekend to get out in the community, meet new people, have fun and be active at the same time. The carnival is always an exhilarating start to the show with hundreds of people in spectacular costumes dancing through the streets.”