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The Notting Hill Carnival returns to the streets of west London this August bank holiday weekend - Sunday 24 August and Monday 25 August. More than a million people are expected to attend the biggest carnival in Europe.

What is it:  Held each August Bank Holiday since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe.  Every year the streets of West London come alive, with the sounds and smells of Europe’s biggest street festival.

Travel:  Check out the TFL website for information on getting there.  Click Here.


  • Sunday is Children’s day and Monday is Adults day
  • Useful website advice:  MET
  • As with all crowds, carry the minimum with you
  • Going to the loo is a challenge!
  • Put your dancing shoes on.
  • Roll up a thin waterproof just in case - but in the meantime keep blowing the clouds away


  • Saturday 23 August: Panorama, a free open-air annual steel band competition for the whole family, steel band and general music lovers, held at Emslie Horniman Pleasance centre.
  • Sunday 24 August: J'overt marks the opening of the Carnival followed by Family Day, a jubilant Children's Parade showcasing flamboyant costumes along the carnival route.
  • Monday 25 August: Monday Parade, The Grand Finale and main carnival parade, showcases a sea of vibrant colours as bands and floats in magnificent costumes dance to the tantalizing rhythms of Carnival.

Website:  All details can be found at the Notting Hill Carnival Website.


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