Celebrate Oxford’s communities with Cowley Road Carnival

Published: Thursday, 1st July 2021

Celebrate Oxford’s communities in style with the Cowley Road Carnival on 4 July 2021.

Cowley Road Carnival is a yearly event organised by Cowley Road Works (CRW). The Carnival brings residents together to celebrate Oxford’s vibrant communities through colour, music and dance.

The Carnival is a unique Oxford event that provides a family-friendly and accessible way to explore the city’s culture. This year’s Carnival theme is Mother Earth.

Although the Carnival may be affected by the pandemic, CRW has arranged a variety of activities and competitions that include:

  • House Float Challenge. Residents can get in the Carnival spirit by decorating their houses like floats! Prizes include Best House Float of the Year, Best Budget House Float, Judge’s Choice and more.
  • Virtual Carnival. The Carnival’s website, YouTube and Facebook pages will live stream music and other performances from 12 pm until 6 pm, with an after-party from 6 pm on MixCloud.
  • Design a MINI competition. To celebrate 20 years of production of the new MINI at Plant Oxford, CRW is holding a competition for school children to design the best car using the Mother Earth theme.

Participants will also be able to share the carnival spirit with small community celebrations. All gatherings must follow the current coronavirus rules, more information can be found on the Government’s web pages.

For information about Cowley Road Carnival and the activities available, visit the CRW website.


“Cowley Road Carnival is a joyful celebration of everything that makes our city great. It celebrates our vibrant and diverse communities and puts our city’s culture on display. I encourage everyone to get involved with this year’s Carnival events.

It is still important to make sure that safely celebrate the Carnival and continue to follow the COVID-19 guidelines. We can keep our residents safe and still get in the carnival spirit!”

Councillor Mary Clarkson, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism