Bring learning to life through the creativity
and joy of Carnival in school

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Our dream is to have all children in the UK celebrate carnival together in their schools. Carnival artists all round the country are putting together an amazing package of activities to assist in teaching curriculum topics using the magic of carnival.

Our theme ‘Once Upon a Time’ will inspire children through the creation of costumes and props that tell stories, accompanied by dance and music for a celebration that will provide uplifting experiences and radiate the warmth and camaraderie that everyone desperately needs.

Stage your own school carnival!

Each school can choose how to stage their carnival event, be it an assembly, class bubble carnival or an all school parade. It can be a day of short sessions in dance, music, lyric writing and creative making, or a comprehensive project lasting several days across the term, with a celebration day at the end.

Check out the resources below for step-by-step instructions on making a range of carnival headdresses or decorations, plus ideas for running your very own carnival club.

Want our artists to help you run a workshop? Contact Clary Salandy for more information at clary@carnivalarts.org.uk or on 07824 774 123

UK Centre for Carnival Arts is working in partnership with organisations around the UK including: The New Carnival Company, Bridgewater Guy Fawkes Carnival, Northampton Carnival, Emcaan and many more to assist educators in bringing the joy of carnival to all children during National Children's Carnival Week 2021.

View all partners here.

Step-By-Step Videos 

Create a carnival headdress!


The team from the New Carnival Company have created a Virtual Carnival Club with new creative ideas, ideally suited to children, every week!

Mahogany Carnival Arts have lots of creative making fun workshops including a Windrush ship hat, a colourful friendship hat and a magical ocean headdress!

Calypso & Soca Workshops

Alexander D Great of Lion Valley Records has created some Calypso and Soca workshops which teachers can run with their key stage 2, 3 and 4 students.


These workshops are suitable for students from year 5 to year 11. They are designed for schools and groups who may wish to create their own Calypso or Soca songs, working together to develop lyrics and melody. 

Design a book wagon

18 Hours have developed a PDF with ideas of how you could create a book wagon for your school carnival parade. You can download here.

In partnership with...

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All carnivals contributing to National Children's Carnival Week are keen to ensure the safety of artists and participants in a virtual setting. Each partner involved is responsible for its' own safeguarding policies and artist vetting processes. It is important that teachers and group leaders take some time to go through the videos to assess the suitability for the children they are working with, prior to sharing the resources. UKCCA and the steering group do not accept responsibility for safeguarding procedures of other carnival organisations, but encourage everyone involved to put the safety of children at the forefront of their planning.  The steering groups signs up to the following principles:

  • recruitment processes and DBS checking of all artists appearing in videos or meetings via zoom or other digital platforms to be adhered to by the carnival organisation posting their videos

  • no online recording or sharing of children participating in live activities unless parent/carer/guardian permission is obtained

  • artists recording from home to consider protecting their own environment and do their own risk assessments for their workspace easy.





Email: info@carnivalarts.org.uk

Tel: 01582 437100

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