A number of the local businesses take part in a Shop Window Competition where they create a display incorporating the theme for a year, with the winner announced on the day of the Carnival.

Last year the theme was Red, White and Blue and there were some fantastic entries throughout the high street and we cannot wait to see what displays are created this year.

To take part in the Shop Window Competition this year please ensure that your display is in place by Saturday 14th September. Judging will take place on Sunday 15th September 2019. This year's theme is MAGICAL and MYTHICAL CREATURES.


Each year Carnival fever takes over the town of Great Dunmow. As part of the celebrations we run a number of competitions to involve the local community in the event.

Shop window competition

Art competition

Children from local schools also take part in an Art Competition to design a poster fo the Great Dunmow Carnival. the winning entries will feature in the Carnival Programme and be displayed on our website.

This year there will be prizes for the following categories:

Best entry aged under 11

Best entry aged under 16

Overall Winners Prize 

We look forward to receiving the entries from all of our schools taking part.