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The next Ashburton Carnival week starts in June 2017 with the Carnival Party in the Park followed by the Ashburton Carnival Procession on Saturday 1st July 2017.

The Ashburton Carnival Procession starting at Balland Lane around 6:30pm, through the town to Pear Tree Cross and back to the Bull Ring. Followed by the Carnival Post Procession Celebration at Cleder Place where there will be a firework display and live music Hosted by The Blues Brothers Collective.

The next Ale Tasting & Bread Weighing Ceremony will be held at St Lawrence Chapel, during July, commencing at 4.00pm and ending with a medieval fair.

For full details of all events, please see our events calendar.

 Ashburton Carnival
The Carnival is one of the oldest, possibly the oldest, surviving in Devon. Written records date it back to 1891, but it is believed to have been started in the mid 1880s to raise funds for a new hospital.

The original date for the Carnival was in November, after the harvest. 1999 saw its revival, as a supplement to the now established Summer Carnival (see the left hand column for details of dates/events).

At the Summer event ten days of activities culminate in the grand procession of floats on the Saturday.
Click here to go to the Carnival image gallery and slideshow.
The main function of Carnival is to raise money for local charities, town groups and clubs. This ensures widespread local support.

For full details of all events, please see our events calendar.

 Bread Weighing & Ale Tasting Ceremony

Click here to go to the Bread Weighing and Ale Tasting image gallery and slideshow
Another of the town's traditions kept alive and connected with the Office of Portreeve is the Annual Ale Tasting and Bread Weighing Ceremony held near the end of July each year. (see the left hand column for details of the next event)

Until the time of the Magna Carta, there was no check on the price or quality of bread and ale. Ashburton's records of its Ale Tasters fining brewers for selling bad ale date back to the 13th century, soon after the first Ale Conners were appointed in London in 1276.
Today's ceremony keeps alive this ancient tradition with a colourful procession through the town, in medieval dress, of members of the Court Leet and Baron Jury, Town Council and other local people, culminating in a Medieval Fair.

For full details of all events, please see our events calendar.

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