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The Ashburton Carnival week starts on the last Saturday in June and finishes on the first Saturday in July with the carnival procession.

The next Ashburton Canival starts Saturday 27 June 2015. Highlights in previous years have included: the Fun Run and the Duck Race at Cleder Place, The Party In The Park with bands, burgers, hot dogs, beer & wine tents.

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.
fun-run
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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