Leyton Carnival


About the event Click to get info

When: Sun 8 July, 1-7pm

Where: Leyton Cricket Ground

Join us as we fill the streets of Leyton with Caribbean colours, music and flavours for the borough’s biggest street party. A Cultures of the World themed parade featuring elaborate floats and colourful costumes will wind its way through the streets to the sound of steel bands and calypso music. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume and best performance.

Watch the carnival parade along Leyton High Road from 1pm, join in the fun and enjoy tempting food stalls, funfair rides, cinema and music at Leyton Cricket Ground.

View some of the photos from last year's Leyton Carnival on Waltham Forest's Flickr account here.

Carnival Parade

Local schools and community groups have been working with the award winning Clary Salandy, founder of the Mahogany group, to produce their costumes. There will be prizes awarded for the best costume and performance. Taking part are:

  • Buxton School: Jamaica
  • Oak Hill Primary: Aztecs
  • Thorp Hall Primary: Aztecs
  • Emmanuel Community School: Africa
  • Mission Grove: Rainforest Amazon
  • Riverly Primary: Protest
  • Willow Brook: Protest
  • Leaders Academy
  • Family Community Culture
  • Mayville primary school: tropical fish

The carnival parade will start along Leyton High Road from 1pm.

Live Music at Leyton Cricket Ground: 


  • Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band, the UK’s No 1 1960’s Soul Man, who enjoys cult status on the Soul, R&B, Blues and Northern Soul scenes.
  • Renowned 70s funk and disco group Heatwave, known for the hits “Boogie Nights,” “Always and Forever” and “The Groove Line.”
  • Cult Jazz/funk band Shakatak, founded in 1980. In addition to a successful recording career including "Nightbirds" and "Down on the street", Shakatak are a vibrant live act, combining astute musicianship with a sense of fun that resonates with world-wide audiences.
  • 9 piece Ska & Reggae band, The Dualers, hailing from South East London. The Dualers unique Jamaican style rhythm & blues sound teamed with their lively vibrant performances has seen the band consistently perform to sell-out crowds all over the UK, Europe & Asia.
  • Reggae DJ, MC and Radio Star Daddy Ernie.

Let’s  Roll family carnival skate jam 

Let's Roll CIC will be returning to Leyton Carnival to host their popular family skate jams in the Leyton Cricket Ground Sports Hall!

£4 per 1 hour Session. Skates , safety gear, provided.
Ages 4+. No learner skaters, everyone must be able to skate independently.

Leaders Community Dance Zone

One of the groups taking part in the carnival will be the brilliant Leaders Community, a not for profit organisation who deliver socially inclusive Commercial Street Dance and Drama for the community, with a monthly fee of just £10. Visit their dance zone at Leyton Cricket Ground for performances and workshops.

  • 3.30pm performance – 20 minutes
  • 4.15 workshop
  • 5pm performance – 20 minutes
  • 5.30 workshop

Red Imp Comedy Tent

Walthamstow's Red Imp Comedy Club will host their debut comedy tent at the Leyton Carnival, bringing you two quality line ups for a kids comedy show and a family friendly show. Red Imp comedy is Walthamstow’s premier comedy club and the only one to provide comedy to small people who don’t pay their way (kids). For the last five years they have bought big names like Greg Davies and Stewart Lee to Walthamstow, as well as the cream of the live circuit. Their star studded summer preview season is the only UK club to boast 50% women on the bill.

Kids Show 3-4pm with MC Cerys Nelms

  • Act 1 Teirnan Doueib Tiernan co-runs and is regular host of Comedy Club 4 Kids, toured his solo sow for children 'Tiernan Douieb Explains Everything Ever' all over the UK in 2015 to rave reviews. He has been the winner of CBBC’s The Slammer and has worked as a warm up for BBC’s Dick & Dom. 
  • Act 2 Lee Kyle

Family Friendly Show 4.30-6pm with Mc Howard Read

Howard Read is a stand-up and writer who’s been nominated for the Perrier Award and appeared on the Royal Variety Performance. He specialises in making shows and doing stand-up for family audiences and has had his own show Little Howard’s Big Question which ran for three series on CBBC. 

  • Act 1 Ian Stone- circuit A-lister and radio presenter Ian has been headlining all over the UK and is part of Comedy Store’s “Cutting Edge” team. Ian has written for Russell Howards' Good News, The Omid Djalili show, Alistair McGowan's Big Impression
  • Act 2 Mandy Muden- brilliantly silly comedy magician fresh from a recent blinding 2018 Britain’s Got Talent semi-final  
  • Act 3 Jonny Awsum- a Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist in 2017 Jonny’s act never fails to take the roof off. The ultimate feel good closer. 

Art Road Show

Waltham Forest’s creative talent will be showcased in an a travelling exhibition of art submitted by community members and budding artists from in and around London. Festival goers will be able to pick their favourite art pieces, with cash prizes awarded to the winners. Curated by local arts organisation Mehraj Arts and the William Morris Gallery Young Curators.

Family Activities

  • Storytelling
  • Teddy Bears around the world picnic
  • Arts and creative workshops with Mehraj Arts
  • Soft play, crazy golf,  crazy bikes,  garden games, trampolines and 360 traverse

How to get here Click to get info

Leyton Cricket Ground, Crawley Rd, London E10 6RJ

There will be a number of road closures taking place during the festival and therefore we recommend using public transport to get to Leyton Carnival.

Allow extra time for your journey as local stations maybe closed or subject to disruption. Extra buses will be put on during the carnival weekend, but they will be diverted away from the carnival route.

For up to date information and to help plan your journey visit the TfL Journey Planner.

By tube: Leyton Midland Road (London Overground) is a 5 minute walk away. Leyton or Leytonstone (Central line) are both a 20 minute walk away.

By train: Lea Bridge Station (Greater Anglia) is a 20 minute walk away.

By bus: 97, 69, W16

During the Leyton Carnival, temporary restrictions will be in place for access of the carnival and the safe procession of the floats between 13:00hrs and 15:00hrs on Sunday 8th July 2018.

The Carnival will leave Leyton Cricket Club and head towards Leyton High Road. Once at Adelaide Road it will head towards Leyton Football Club, along Oliver Road. Once through this section the carnival will head east on Church Road and finish back at the rear of Leyton Cricket Club on Brewster Road.

Parking – High Road Leyton, Adelaide Road, Oliver Road, Church Road, Crawley Road, Brewster Road and Leyton High Road

Parking will be prohibited in the following parts of the route;

• Residents bay Oliver Road by Lyttelton Road

• Residents bay Oliver Road by Walnut Grove

• 96 – 90 Adelaide Road and Outside Leyton Mini Market

• Technical Institution and 1 – 79 Adelaide Road (Odd side)

• Crawley Road – non residential side only

• Leyton High Road – Between Hainault Road and Crawley Road

• Brewster Road – SE side between High Road Leyton and Crawley Road

You are able to park on the even side between 90 Adelaide Road and the edge of Leyton Mini Market.

This enforcement will be between 11:00hrs and 16:00hrs on Sunday 8th July 2018. Any vehicle remaining within the prohibited area may receive a Penalty Charge Notice and be towed away.

 Signs will be in position at the enforced areas.

One Way – Adelaide Road

One section of one way working will be reversed for the duration of the carnival.

Parking – Brewster Road

Parking will be prohibited on Brewster Road along the section adjacent to the park to allow for costumes and participants to off load from the procession vehicles. This enforcement will be in between 11:00hrs and 16:00hrs on Sunday 8th July 2018. Any vehicle remaining within the prohibited area may receive a Penalty Charge Notice and be towed away.

Signs will be in position at the enforced areas.

Road Closures – High Road Leyton, Adelaide Road, Oliver Road and Church Road

The roads listed above will be closed to all traffic on a rolling road closure system between

01.00pm and 03.00pm depending on where the carnival is on the route.

Road Closures – Francis Road, Jesse Road, Crawley Road, Brewster Road, Dawlish Road, Vicarage Road, Lindley Road, Sedgwick Road, Windsor Road, Balmoral Road, Murchison Road, Osborne Road, Tyndall Road, Huxley Road, Brisbane Road, Sidmouth Road, Lyttelton Road, St Marys Road, Dunedin Road, Leyton Park Road, Osier Way, Alpine Road, Thornhill Road, Walnut Road, Inskip Close, Dene Close, Rosedene Terrace, Grange Park Road and Tennyson Road.

The roads listed above will be closed to all traffic heading on to the carnival procession route. Where possible, you will be able to exit the road at the opposite end, as long as it does not lead onto the procession route shown above.


Alcohol Click to get info

You cannot bring alcohol to the event. However, there will be a range of stalls selling delicious food and refreshing alcoholic and soft drinks for you to enjoy on the day!

Dogs at the event Click to get info

Only Registered Assistance dogs are allowed at this event.

Photography & filming Click to get info

We will be filming and photographing inside the event to share on our website and social media channels. Footage and photography may also be used locally, nationally and internationally in various media to promote the show.

By attending the event, you give your express consent to your actual or simulated likeness to be included within any film, photograph, audio and/or audio-visual recording to be exploited in any and all media for any purpose at any time throughout the world.

This also includes CCTV and body-camera filming by the Metropolitan Police Service and/or show security, which may be carried out for the safety of attendees and staff. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 8496 3000.

This year's Get Together festivals will feature an Art Road Show that will be travelling around the borough throughout the summer.

We are inviting creative practitioners from different practices, backgrounds and cultures to showcase their passion as part of this collaborative exhibition and competition. You can submit your entry online by Friday 22 June.

Festival goers will select their favourite pieces throughout the summer with a prize of  £500 for the overall winner, £200 for the 25 and under category 2 additional prizes worth £50 each to take part in the 2019 E17 Arts Trail.

Click here to apply

Please see information about the events terms and conditions of entry.