Summer may be fading fast, but that doesn’t mean you have to be as gloomy as the weather – especially with the UK’s biggest street party getting ready to take the streets of London. Let’s hope the weather holds out for the Notting Hill Carnival!
The famous carnival is now a legendary annual event that’s taken place in London’s Kensington area since 1966, when 500 revellers took to the streets in a celebration of multicultural traditions at a time when racial prejudice was a major concern.
Today, the event attracts somewhere around one million participants looking for something fun and exciting to make the most of the August Bank Holiday weekend. Why not head down and join them?
If you’ve never attended this landmark event of the social calendar, let me tell you, it’s well worth making the trip to London for. You’ve probably seen the images of bright floats, energetic dancers and lots and lots of feathers, but the 20-mile parade on Bank Holiday Monday is only part of the festivities, and the culmination of a long and enjoyable weekend in West London.
If you’re keen to get started early, head to Notting Hill on Saturday 28 August for the steel band competition, a chance to enjoy some authentic Caribbean sounds. Sunday is a great day to take the kids, with prizes awarded for the best costumes and hundreds of food stalls selling succulent delicacies like jerk chicken, curried goat, and rice and peas for vegetarians – celebrating diversity is the name of the game, after all!
You won’t have to pay anything to join in the festivities either, making the Notting Hill Carnival the perfect recession-beating break for the Bank Holiday weekend. Just make sure you don’t get lost in the crowd, which can get quite lively!