With support from the Dalgarno and Golborne Councillors through City Living, Local Life, the Children and Parents Carnival Association held the 31st annual Notting Hill Nurseries Carnival in August. The event enables children and families to experience their own carnival ahead of the world famous Notting Hill Carnival (28 – 29 August 2016), and here’s Charlotte Militello, one of the organisers, with a recap of the day…

The Notting Hill Nursery Carnival has developed to be much loved and looked forward to event that brings Kensington Memorial Park to life. It was a very colourful day as we decorated the park with lots of flags, balloons and piñatas. This year the theme was RIO!!

The children came dressed as beautiful brightly coloured birds from nurseries and playschools in Kensington and Chelsea and from our neighbouring boroughs to take part. There was lots of entertainment taking place on the day including Professor Clump the Clown, drums, bouncy castles and the Junior Steel Band Competition. The highlight of the day however was the Children’s Costume Parade, the children happily danced across the park in front of the judges showing off their costumes that they had spent so much time working on. The Deputy Mayor, Will Pascal, attended with his wife to hand out prizes to the children.

Next came the junior steel band competition which was amazing as we had 6 bands compete, which is the most we have had so far.  We also included a healthy zone where we had a fruit table available to the children with Go Golborne and My Time Active. The day was a huge success and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, it was a great day out for the whole family with plenty to see and do.

The Council has produced a number of booklets and resources for residents and visitors, including maps, information and advice for local people ahead of Notting Hill Carnival. These are all available on the RBKC website.