Ryde Carnival WINS the “UK’s Most Popular Carnival” award!

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Ryde Carnival WINS the “UK’s Most Popular Carnival” award!

Ryde Carnival was chosen by the UK’s rental giants HolidayLettings.co.uk (owned by TripAdvisor) as one of the final 11 competitors in the running to be named the UK’s Most Popular Carnival for 2018.

To win this award, they needed to receive the most votes on the Holiday Letting’s website by midnight on 21st August. The final vote count according to the web-site https://blog.holidaylettings.co.uk/most-popular-carnivals-uk/
is Ryde Carnival 4,365, Wells Carnival 3,867 and Bridgwater Carnival 1,149.

Ryde Carnival expects to receive the official confirmation from holidaylettings.co.uk that they have been crowned the “UK’s Most Popular Carnival 2018” and to receive their award certificate from Holiday Lettings (of TripAdvisor) to commemorate their win later today.

Ryde was the only Island Carnival to be chosen for the competition which meant that the other 7 Island carnival associations (Cowes, Newport, Freshwater, Sandown, Shanklin, St Helens, and Ventnor) could get behind Ryde and help them secure the win on behalf of the Isle of Wight. Voting really took off after Lyn Blackledge, the #GoLiveGranny, joined the Ryde Carnival team to help promote the Vote and urge carnival fans to vote in the competition at various events in the last week and through regular live-streams on Facebook over the final days of voting right up to midnight on the 21st. The video of Lyn outside the Co Op in Ryde interviewing Liz Allen, the Chair of Ryde Carnival Association, on Saturday 18th August has had over 11,000 views and voting really took off from there. A week ago, Ryde Carnival were 800 votes behind Wells Carnival and when voting finished they were almost 500 votes ahead! Businesses around the Island joined in the campaign urging clients to vote for Ryde Carnival and hundreds of people helped spread the word through social media – many of them working as hard as Lyn to get Ryde Carnival the votes that secured the win.

The timing couldn’t be better as next week is Ryde Carnival Week when Ryde Carnival celebrates its 130th Anniversary:

Ryde Childrens’ procession: 3pm Wednesday 29th August Ryde Main procession 6.30pm Thursday 30 August
Ryde Illuminated procession 8.30 pm Saturday 1st September

Liz Allen, Chair, Ryde Carnival Association said

“The Ryde Carnival Team were thrilled to hear we had been nominated for the award and our work recognised at a national level. But we have been completely blown away by the support we have received from so many people that has enabled us to win. This clearly shows how much our Carnival, and those organised by the other Carnival Associations on the Island, mean to people and why it is so important that, as a community, we continue to support the events and the volunteers who make sure they happen every year. It also demonstrates the role that Carnival can have in attracting visitors to the Island “home of the UKs most popular Carnival”. We are looking forward to celebrating winning this Award with three spectacular Carnival processions in Ryde next week – come and join us.”

http://www.rydecarnival.com Facebook – Ryde Carnival

Children’s Wed 29th Aug 3pm; Main Thurs 30th Aug 6.30pm; Illuminated Sat 1st Sep 8.30 pm

The full list of the UK’s Most Popular Carnivals can be found here: https://blog.holidaylettings.co.uk/most- popular-carnivals-uk/

Recently named the No.1 Travel Blog in the UK, Holidaylettings.co.uk receives around 7 million unique visitors each month – Source: Google Analytics, Q1 2018. The competition will also be promoted through their social media channels which attract over 260k followers.

About Ryde Carnival Association

Ryde Carnival Association is the voluntary group that organises the three annual summer Carnivals that have been held in Ryde since 1888. It’s members also create the “Ryde Carnival Queens” float and organize the group of young people representing the Town as the “Ryde Carnival Queens Team” at all the carnivals across the Island. This year (2018) Ryde Carnival has received funding from Arts Council England and Tescos Bags of Help to work with professional Island based Carnival Artists – Shademakers UK and the New Carnival Company – to run free community workshops during August to create two amazing groups that will perform in this year’s Main and Illuminated processions.