THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival is the annual street festival that has taken place in leafy Notting Hill in London’s Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea since 1966. Taking place every August bank holiday Monday and the preceding Sunday, Notting Hill Carnival is a colourful, vibrant celebration of caribbean culture and arts. Attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world, Carnival is widely recognised as Europe’s greatest annual street festival. 

Sunday is children’s day.

Carnival is busy, very busy. Notting Hill’s characterful streets become packed with happy, partying crowds enjoying Caribbean music, dance, costume, food and much more. This may be overwhelming for small children, so Sunday is designated children’s day and may be the right day for families and for those who wish to enjoy the spectacle, sounds and tastes of Carnival in a slightly less frenetic atmosphere.

Calypso and Soca – Association of British Calypsonians

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Mas Bands represented by CAMF

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Steelbands – British Association of Steelbands BAS

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Mobile Sound Systems – Caribbean Music Association CMA

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Static Sound Systems – British Association of Sound Systems

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