IT’S time to dig out your mullet wig and leg warmers because Llanfair Caereinion is going ‘Back to the 1980s’.

Organisers of Llanfair Caereinion Carnival say they’re ready to go for the annual summer extravaganza, and are hoping to bring the whole town together for a weekend of fun on June 15.

The summer spectacle promises to be bigger and better with colourful floats and fancy dress galore in the streets of the small Montgomeryshire town.

The exceptionally high standard of fancy dress entrants will be judged by the current Miss Powys, Hayley Lawson, and the immensely talented local artists Linda Jane James and Paul Butler. The fantastic floats will be at the railway station from 11.45am where they will be judged the best in town.

Then from 12.30pm the procession will begin with the Cambria Band leading the way along with the fancy dress competitors to ramp up the atmosphere at the family-fun carnival.

The Carnival Queen, Fiona Gittins-Coulson, and her eight attendants will parade through the town following their grand arrival by carriage on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway – a tradition that started in the 1930s. The eclectic1980s-themed floats and Llanfair Caereinion’s resident fire engine will complete the parade.

The Carnival Queen will officially open the event on Mount Field at 1.45pm.

The Main Ring entertainment begins with the Cambrian band at 1.50pm then the Cosmic Cheerleaders followed by Powys Dance, Presentation to Floats and Fancy Dress Winners, Non-Stop Kids Entertainment, Magic and Illusion Show, Grand Draw, and the Children’s Races. Kidz Corner will be available throughout the day with a sandpit, soft play, garden games and other toys all free of charge. Cheryl from Rush will be with us doing face painting for a small charge and lots of various stalls to suit all ages.

Entry is £3 for adults and £2 for children. Under four years old go free.

Further information:

  • The Carnival will also have a food court which will include food from Brawny Bakery, Kevin’s Burger Van, Ice Cream, Lucy’s Donuts and Sweet Treats. The bars include a new Gin and Prosecco Bar, Tipsy Trailer and Hall and Smith Vintage Bar, serving beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks which are both hosted in converted horse boxes.
  • As there is limited parking, disabled parking spaces will be on the road outside of Mount Field, please pre-book your space. Please phone or text Sam on 07711 293196.
  • Please remember there are no dogs allowed on Mount Field.
  • The Carnival committee would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who have kindly donated raffle prizes including the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway, Rayven Studios, Deri Dental Practice, May’d Beautiful, Pandy Butchers, Jo’s Hairdressers, Bank Antiques, Top Town Barbers, Llanfair Chip Shop, Freedom Leisure, D M Roberts, Llanfair British Legion, AW Coaches, Red Lion, Geraint Peate.