SIRF Community Carnival – Saturday 4 August 2018, 12 noon-4.30pm

Once again the SIRF Community Carnival will explode onto Stockton High Street in a blaze of colour and sound as its way through the town centre as part of SIRF18 on Saturday 4 August.

The carnival will parade from Stockton High Street to the Riverside where it will end with a colourful after show party featuring local musicians, dancers and performances with a fun filled afternoon of activity for families and workshops – a free event for all ages with lots to see and do!

The theme for this year’s SIRF Community Carnival is Reach for the Stars celebrating memorable moments in our history, including 100 years since women were first granted the ability to vote. The carnival will shine a light on some of the achievements in Art, Film, Technology, Science, Aviation and Sport which have inspired and shaped the world today as well as what we hope to achieve in the future.

Get involved

Hundreds of participants from local school, youth, community and performance groups will get the opportunity to take part in creative workshops, including a T-shirt design competition, for this years limited edition Carnival T-Shirt.

T-shirt design competition

Why not help celebrate our Reach for the Stars-SIRF Community Carnival by participating in the Carnival T Shirt Design competition.  Simply use the SIRF18 t-shirt design template to share with us a drawing of someone or something past or present that has inspired you. Your drawings could be an iconic sports person, musician, an invention or event or even your Gran, the skies the limit!

30 Winning drawings will be selected and be included in to an overall design by North East Illustrator Daniel Weatheritt. Please remember to use black ink, paint, felt tip or biro on plain paper for increased visibility. Winners will receive a limited edition T Shirt and the design will be worn by over 600 participants during the SIRF Community Carnival.

If you would like find out more about taking part in the carnival, contact Juliet Hardy, Stockton Borough Council, on 01640 527696 or 

One of the highlights of SIRF17, our fantastic Happy Birthday themed SIRF Community Carnival celebrated 30 years of SIRF in the way only Stockton knows how. You can check out our video highlights here:


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