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Setting sail for Arbury Carnival 2016

Final preparations are underway for Arbury Carnival which takes place at Arbury Town Park on Saturday 11 June, 11am – 5pm.

University of Cambridge Museums have been delighted to partner with the volunteer-led carnival for the past three years with artists from Kettle’s Yard working with local groups to create colourful costumes for the procession.

This year the theme for Arbury Carnival is Beach Party and community groups have been getting creative thinking about the sea and the seaside in preparation for the parade.

Park Arts Group in Orchard Park worked with artist Sandra Scott to create colourful beach flags and palm trees to decorate the carnival site on Campkin Road.

The Grove Primary School worked with artist Ricki Outis to create amazing giant sea-side shades which they will be sporting in the procession alongside guests from the Church of the Good Shepherd Holiday Lunch who made their spec-tacular sunglasses during half-term.

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Arbury Primary PTA set artist Cary Outis a challenge to help them create a giant seagull which will soar through the streets – hopefully not helping itself to anyone’s snacks like gulls do to me!

All three artists have been working with participants at our drop in sessions at Nuns Way Pavilion to create Alfred Wallis banners, seaside t-shirts, fishy hats, seaweed skirts and, of course, a giant octopus!

Next week we’ll be working with children at Colleges Nursery and pre-school making jellyfish hats, and members of the Not Quite Over the Hill Club who’ll be screen-printing a banner for the parade.

You can see the results of all this creativity and hard work when the parade leaves Armitage Way at 12 noon on Saturday 11 June and processes down Northfield Avenue to the carnival site.  The Museum of Zoology and Kettle’s Yard’s Open House Artist in Residence will both have stalls at Arbury Carnival where you can find out about whales and sea creatures, and get creative with maps with artist Isabella Martin.

Arbury Carnival is a community led annual celebration now in its 39th year.  With the theme for 2016 of Beach Party’ all are welcome to come along. As well as the procession there will be bands, acts and local performers in the Arena which once again will be expertly looked after by Jezo and his team.  There will be a fun fair and many stalls run by local groups and charities, providing fun and gifts for all. For more information visit or search Arbury Carnival on Facebook.

Karen Thomas, Community Officer, University of Cambridge Museums

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