PREPERATIONS are underway for the return of a “key summer event” in Christchurch.

Christchurch Carnival is scheduled to take place at the Quomps on August 10 and 11.

Dating back to 1909, Christchurch Carnival remains the town's longest-running annual event, and welcomes more than 5,000 people each year.

Jonny Rayner, one of the carnival’s directors, said: “In times of rising living costs and other challenges, the carnival brings joy while supporting our community.”

Fi Herbage, a member of Christchurch Carnival committee, added: “Along with the sunshine, good food and music, carnival rallies a deep sense of community spirit, belonging and a desire to be involved.

“Local people know what their community needs and we see them pulling together in the donations given and raffle ticket purchased across the weekend.”

As well as providing plenty of entertainment, the carnival raises significant funds through donations, which are then granted to deserving local causes.

In 2023, the event partners were Christchurch Food Bank+ and Somerford Arc.

Bournemouth Echo: Donations being presented to 2023 event partner Somerford ArcDonations being presented to 2023 event partner Somerford Arc (Image: Christchurch Carnival)

Tracey Blick, manager of Christchurch Food Bank+ said: “It was so wonderful to be a part of Christchurch Carnival, to both judge the Carnival entries and be a beneficiary charity of the donations raised.

“We were able to spend the £1,000 on cookery bags filled with a recipe, a large pan and all the ingredients to cook a healthy meal for visitors needing to use the foodbank. A great day was had by all. We’re so thankful to the Carnival.”

Christchurch Carnival organisers say they are “dedicated” to promoting the work of their charity partners, offering support and publicity leading up to carnival weekend, thereby raising awareness and funds simultaneously.

Nominations for this year’s ‘Christchurch Carnival Charity Partnership’ are officially open.

Local good causes, not-for-profits, charities, and community organisations are now being invited to apply to become beneficiaries.

They should apply via the Christchurch Carnival website by March 31.

According to a carnival committee member, "It's a simple application process; we are looking for a brief description of your organisation, how donations would be utilised, and the area your organisation serves."