Notting Hill Carnival is an annual celebration of Caribbean culture and diversity in London.
It’s one of the capital’s best-loved events, starting in the 1960s, with up to two million people usually attending the festivities, performances and sensational parade.
Sadly, the Carnival street party was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but is making a triumphant return in 2022.
Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s event – including dates, location, and whether you need tickets.
When is Notting Hill Carnival?
Notting Hill Carnival starts on Saturday, August 27.
It continues through Sunday, August 28 and the three-day party ends on Monday, August 29.
Yep, this is indeed the August bank holiday. It’s worth noting that Sunday is known as the ‘family day’, so the best time to attend with youngsters in tow.
Where is the event?
The Carnival takes place throughout the W10 postcode.
It’s mostly in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, with the parade passing through Notting Hill (of course), plus Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Park and Kensal Road.
To check the exact 3.5 mile route, download the official Notting Hill Carnival app.
Full Notting Hill Carnival 2022 schedule
What events are on at Notting Hill Carnival?
Saturday, August 27
Notting Hill Carnival events begin from 4pm on Saturday evening.
Head to Esmile Horniman’s Pleasance Park (W10 3DH) from 4pm onwards to witness Panorama, the UK’s biggest steel drum competition. There’ll be plenty of live music, and food stalls, too.
Keep in mind that you do need a ticket for this particular event.
Sunday, August 28
From 6am to 9am, you can join in on J’Ouvert – the unofficial celebration to kick off the carnival. Meet at Sainsbury’s in Ladbroke Grove (W10 5AA).
At 10am, there’s an opening ceremony at the Judging Zone on Great Western Road.
From then until 8pm, Carnival goers will also spot a variety of street sellers throughout the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, selling food, non-alcoholic drinks and accessories, says the Residents’ Event Guide.
Sunday’s main event begins at 10.30am. It’s a children’s parade, along the main route (which, again, is best checked on the official Carnival app), that goes on until 5pm.
At 10.30pm, it’s time for grown ups to have some fun. ‘Dutty Mas’ begins along the main parade route – which means if you’re taking part, you may end up covered in colourful paint.
Monday, August 29
From 10.30am, the main Notting Hill Carnival parade begins (along the main route), lasting until 8.30pm.
Throughout the whole carnival, you can visit live stages for a variety of musical performances, including at Horniman’s Stage, Powis Square Stage and Meanwhile Gardens.
Find out more on Notting Hill Carnival’s website.
Do you need tickets for Notting Hill Carnival?
No – you can soak up the atmosphere of Notting Hill Carnival, including watching the parade, totally for free.
However, if you want to attend the steel drum competition Panorama, you will need to book a ticket in advance via TicketSource.
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