Harborne Carnival 2022: latest line up, stalls, charity, road closures & how to get there

Harborne Carnival is returning after two years - and it’s celebrating its 25th anniversary - all the details on what’s happening at the fun family event on Sunday 26 June

It’s 25 years since Harborne Carnival first launched back on 1977 and since then it’s grown to become one of the UK’s biggest neighbourhood street festivals - only Notting Hill is bigger!

Crowds of up to 70,000 visit Harborne for the family fun event which is back after two years - bigger and better than ever before - featuring a host of entertainment,  live music, fabulous food - and fundraising for charity Heart Research UK. The headline sponsor is engineering firm adi Group, whose employees will also be volunteering on the day.

Although a lot has changed over the years, the organisers are pleased to say that the main focus remains the same - involvement of the community.

“Funds raised by the community are spent in the community and this is what has kept the event going strong for all these years,” they said.

Visitors to this year’s long-awaited event can expect stalls from artists and jewellery makers, great food, and many performances by local musicians including 20-year veterans of the carnival Mr Apollo, local primary schools and youth groups.

Harborne Carnival
Harborne Carnival
Harborne Carnival

Here’s the full line up

Main Stage

9am Schools

11am Official opening

12.30pm Voice of the Town

1pm Lucas G and the Ghetto Band (soul and funk)

2pm Got to Sing

2.30pm Bhangra Smash Up

3.15pm Pippa Langhorne (from Britain’s Got Talent)

4.30pm AWHB Band

5.30pm Close of Carnival

Green Man Stage

12.45- 1.20pm Mike Bethel (classical guitar favourites)

1.30-2.30pm Gypsy Blood (acoustic rock/ pop playing hits by Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane, The Icicle Works and more)

2.40-3.15pm Rach A.Watkins (joined by Gaz Watkins on bass and cajon playing songs from Bruce Springsteen to the Killers)

3.30-4.30pm Mr Apollo (classic rootsy rock by artists including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac and more)

4.40-5.15pm Darren Smith (original material)

Harborne Carnival
Harborne Carnival
Harborne Carnival


What have the organisers said about Harborne Carnival 2022?

Paul Burgess, Chair of Harborne Carnival, said: ‘It is amazing to have the carnival back after Covid-19 and to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. The Carnival Committee and community are very grateful to the support from Heart Research UK and other sponsors without whom it could not take place’.

John Lloyd, Regional Executive at Heart Research UK Midlands, said: ‘It’s wonderful to be part of such a community driven event in Birmingham and one the charity is fully committed to supporting. Proceeds from the event will allow us to continue funding community and research projects locally, to help people live healthier, happier, longer lives.’

Road closures

The following roads will be closed to all vehicle traffic including bicycles between 7am and 7pm on Sunday, June 26. The penalty for wilful breach of this order is a fine of up to £1,000.

  • Harborne High Street from Metchley Lane to south west end of Station Road, including:
  • Grays Road at the junction of High Street
  • North Road at the junction of High Street
  • St Johns Road at the junction of High Street
  • York Street at the junction of High Street
  • Station Road at the junction of High Street
  • Bull Street at the junction of High Street
  • South Street at the junction of High Street
  • Albany Road at the junction of High Street

Where to park

There will be no parking on Harborne High Street or on roads or car parks affected by the road closure notice from midnight until the traffic cordon is lifted. Any parked cars risk being towed.

There will be access to St Johns Road West car park, but only approaching from Clarence Road. Otherwise, visitors travelling by car are advised to use street parking on neighbouring roads around Harborne and away from the high street.

How to get there on public transport

Buses that usually run along Harborne High Street will be diverted during the period of the road closure order via St Mary’s Road, where temporary bus stops will be in place. To find out the best buses and latest timetable go to: National Express West Midlands

The nearest train stations are University (5 miles), Selly Oak (4.8 miles) and Five Ways (4.7 miles). Industrial action has affected rail services in the area this week, however trains are scheduled to run on Sunday, June 26 along the Cross City Line from Lichfield Trent Valley to Redditch and Bromsgrove via Birmingham New Street.

It is an estimated 23-minute walk from University Station to Harborne High Street. Rail users are advised to check with their service provider before travelling.

Find out more about Harborne Carnival here.

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