Summer carnival fun lined up for children in Hastings and St Leonards

A group that organises popular children’s festival in Hastings and St Leonards has joined a national body which aims to bring carnival fun to local children this summer.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 1:55 pm

18 Hours Events produces St Leonards Festival and Hastings Storytelling Festival. Both festivals had their schools parades cancelled during the pandemic.

Now they have become involved with the new National Children’s Carnival Week, which will run July 12 - 18. The event is the brainchild of the UK Centre for Carnival Arts and aims to get schoolteachers, children and their families involved in an upbeat finale to a challenging academic year.

Mandy Curtis, Director of 18 Hours Events, said: We usually run a children’s parade during the summer as part of St Leonards Festival. Many teachers have told us they’re disappointed not to be taking part in 2020 and 2021. So, to make up for this, we have joined the National Children’s Carnival Week programme. We are encouraging all Hastings and St Leonards schools to take part.

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“Schools and groups are being asked to record their projects and their own carnival celebrations and share them onto the national page and onto St Leonards Festival social media pages.”

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