Two great days of family fun are on offer in Beccles this weekend as it hosts its carnival.

The carnival is based at Beccles Quay with a host of activities for families to enjoy and on Sunday people will be lining the town's streets to watch the carnival procession weave its way to the quay.

Saturday is a family fun afternoon with entry to the quay area via wristband on the gate, £2 with accompanied children £1 and under fives free. Gates open 1pm to 5.30pm.

The popular fun dog show is back with extra classes for people's pets to enter, entry is £2 per class.

People can look out for Pikachu who will be making a special appearance and also enjoy the Waggy Tails dog agility display.

Beccles & Bungay Journal: The traditional Beccles Carnival is set to entertain crowds on August 19 and 20 Picture: NewsquestThe traditional Beccles Carnival is set to entertain crowds on August 19 and 20 Picture: Newsquest (Image: Archant)

A new addition for this year is the Street Food area.

People can also meet the larger than life interactive Robot Max who is doing displays and have selfies with Barbie

Back by popular demand on Saturday night is Quay Rocks with the Battle of Bands finalists Settlements, Escaping Today and Painting the Silence battling it out for the title of the town's top band.

Also appearing is Kitty-May and headlining this year is Counterfeit Quo.

Gates open 6pm hours, entry by wristband, £2.

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On Sunday is the traditional carnival parade. It leaves Blyburgate car park at 1pm then turns left into Gosford Road, then left into Station Road, straight up into the town centre around past QD, then left at the Town Hall into Saltgate and Northgate and finishes at Fen Lane, Beccles Quay.

Then on the quay on the carnival Sunday will be stalls, arena displays, East Coast Truckers and lots of entertainment in the main arena. Same entrance fees as Saturday.

Both days at Beccles Quay will have a licensed bar, food vendors in the new street food area, a large variety of stalls and a Funzone with rides, inflatables and games stalls.

Carnival support plea

Senior event coordinator and manager Annette Tackley said: "Lots of towns have lost their carnival but without the tremendous public support and our great team of organisers ours would have gone too.

"We are one of the lucky ones and I urge people to continue their support again this year.

"Please look out for the collection buckets on the quayside and on the carnival parade, as without people's donations this event will not continue.

"Our carnival parade leaves us at a loss with the huge sums of money for booking acts in the parade along with the insurance and other arrangements.

"So if everyone who watches the parade puts just 20p in a bucket we can ensure our parade continues for many years."

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