Travel and Parking Information

Copmanthorpe is a rural village at heart with some fairly narrow roads and very limited on-street parking so the organisers ask everyone attending Carnival events, especially the Carnival Day, to travel by foot or public transport if at all possible.

On Carnival Day parking is not permitted at the Recreation Centre or on the roads nearby to ensure access for emergency services and buses and we ask everyone who must use a vehicle to comply with parking restrictions and to park with consideration for residents and other road users.

There is no parking at the Recreation Centre on Carnival day for visitors or stall holders.

*NB* Disabled parking will only be at Copmanthorpe Primary School Low Green Copmanthorpe YO23 3SB Please visit the main gate where a friendly volunteer will direct you to the new disabled parking area.

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The village is served by both Coastliner (route 843) and Connexions (route 13) buses and is only a ten to fifteen minute walk from the Askham Bar Park and Ride site if you use the service from York city centre.

Copmanthorpe is just off the A64 and may be accessed from both the A1237 or A1036 junctions and the Carnival takes place at:

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Carnival Day 2024

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Sat 6th July, gates open from 11.30 with the first act on the stage at 12 noon.

Please see below for stage timings, our food vendors, attractions and the stalls holders

Stage Acts:

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Owl Adventures


Inflatable Assault Course

Professor Dan

Church Group

Crafts with John & Antoinette

Bungee Flyers

Frei Campagnie

Model Railway


Other fairground rides




The Churros Company


Singapore Street Food

Candyfloss York

Oven Baked Pizzas


Yorkshire Crackling

Dessert Delights

Orchard 27



Willow Bakes


Cakes by Lauryn

Milie Fox Cakes

Charitylink OBO guide dogs

Scroll on Designs


Jasmine Hairbraiding, Henna, Glitter

Cop Tennis Club

Pretty Plaits hair design

Wilberforce Trust

Little Red Snail


Tins n Tubes

Panda Playgroup

Shine 21

Candy Emporium

Painted Birds

CJ Accessories

Artisan Facepaint

St Leonards Hospice

Linley & Simpson

Brians Balloon Magic


Utility Warehouse

Chrysallis Suicide Prevention

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust


Drinks Policy

The Carnival is licensed to sell alcohol and there will be several bars on site. The licence means that only alcohol purchased on site may be consumed within the Carnival boundary. Bag searches will be conducted on entry and our security personnel will remove any unauthorised items.

Dogs Policy

Please note that, as Carnival takes place on the Recreation Centre playing fields, we have to prohibit dogs.  This ban operates throughout the year for health reasons. People with dogs will, regrettably, not be allowed entry to the Carnival.  This applies to visitors and stall holders without exception. Assistance and Guide dogs are an exception to this rule.

Why we have a carnival

Copmanthorpe Carnival was originally established to raise funds to create a recreation centre for Copmanthorpe and the surrounding area. The Recreation Centre has now been established for many years, so why are we still raising money and what are we spending it on?

The Recreation Centre is a registered Charity, number 503007.  Its objectives are to create and maintain a centre offering full recreational activities to the general public in Copmanthorpe and district and to encourage the enjoyment by the public of the facilities.

We receive assistance with some costs in the form of grants from the Parish Council; user groups are charged an annual fee and the Sports and Social Club pays rent for the building they use but we receive no funding from City of York Council so we rely on the Carnival for the bulk of our funding.

We provide a sports field for football and cricket and informal recreation, as well as for the Carnival. There are three tennis courts, one of which is also marked for netball, a bowling green and children’s playground. In addition we have built a club house, a sports hall (about to undergo works to extend its usefulness) and changing rooms. We also host the Scout HQ and a childcare nursery.

All the Recreation Centre facilities are available to the general public of Copmanthorpe and district. The facilities are primarily used by sports clubs but the sports hall is available for private hire by individuals or groups and the sports field is available for informal public recreation when not in use for club activities.

Please visit the Rec Centre website for full details of activities and user groups.


The Carnival Programme is the admission ticket to Carnival Day as well as containing details of all Carnival events in the run up to, and after, the big day.  Of the 5,000 print run a large proportion are sold in advance from shops in the village, by volunteers door to door, at a stall at the shopping centre and online.  Clearly a very large number of Programmes are kept and read in the weeks up to Carnival Day, making it an excellent way of advertising to residents and most of our advertisers have been involved in the Programme for many years.

The 2024 advertising rates will be published shortly, shown below are the 2021 rates for guidance:

Size B&W Colour
1/4 page £50 £60
1/2 page £70 £90
Full page £100 £135

Please email to reserve space in the 2024 Programme as soon as possible: 


Sponsorship of Copmanthorpe Carnival provides great exposure for any company. If you or your business would like to be a sponsor of the 2024 Cop Carnival please contact us for information.

Copmanthorpe Carnival now attracts a Yorkshire-wide audience with c 4,000 York residents once again attending in 2024.

The Music Festival stage features bands from the York area performing throughout the day, with York Mix Radio providing the MC.
Local Playgroups, Dance Groups and other artists perform on the special Dance Stage at various times during the day, contributing to a great main event that draws big crowds all day.

Fun is to be had all over the field, with attractions ranging from fairground favourites to bungee trampolines, inflatables zorbing and even Nerf Challenges.

Refreshment is provided at our Food Court, with a wide variety of food and drinks available.
Local organisations, charities and commercial traders showcase their goods in the stalls village and many city organisations are well represented.

Cop Carnival is run entirely by volunteers and village associations, promoting a community feel for families from across York to enjoy.

Sponsorship of the Carnival – What’s in it for You?
Main Carnival Sponsor

Sponsoring Copmanthorpe Carnival is a great way for your business to get involved with one of York’s highest profile summer events. Our marketing campaign is varied and extensive and your name will be included on all carnival promotional material as well as throughout the Carnival itself. As Event Sponsor your company will have the following benefits:

  • Your logo on all our Carnival posters, roadside banners, leaflets and the Carnival Website
  • Branding on the Big Stage
  • A central site on Carnival day to display your literature and talk to potential customers/clients
  • Banner sites around the Carnival field
  • Headlining on the designated Sponsor’s page on the Carnival Website with links to your own site
  • A Double Page colour advert in the Carnival Programmes. About 3,000 Programmes are pre-sold around the village in the weeks leading up to Carnival. These form the admission ‘ticket’ to the main event so are kept and read
  • Your logo on our posters and leaflets which can be seen around York city centre and surrounding villages in the build-up to the event. These are distributed to shops, pubs, schools, gyms, offices and several other outlets.
  • Your logo included in all our advertising. The event is promoted by the city’s leading media outlets;
  • York Mix Radio, the top commercial radio station in the region, broadcast live from the stage on Carnival Day as well as promoting the event in the weeks leading up to the big day.
  • ‘The Press’, York’s local paper, includes interviews with organisers, press releases and details of the Carnival before the event, as well as a review of the day.
  • ‘What’s-on’ websites including York Press, York 360, York Mix and many more
  • Carnival is also listed on specialist event websites including and

Other Sponsorship Opportunities

It may be possible, given sufficient time for us to liaise with all interested parties, for split sponsorship to be arranged for distinct parts of the Carnival at lower prices. These opportunities could include, for example, sponsoring the ‘Arena’ or the ‘Traditional Games’ and could benefit from:

  • Branding in and/or around the sponsored activity
  • Full colour advertisement in the Carnival programme
  • A stall near to the sponsored activity

If you would like to be part of a great live event and would be interested in sponsoring all or part of Cop Carnival 2024 please contact us here.