Eynsham Carnival returns with Morris dancing and ‘shirt’ racing

Eynsham Carnival returned at the weekend with a crash of sticks and a tinkling of bells as Morris dancing filled the village square.

The annual event, held on Saturdays, is one of the oldest carnivals in the county. She celebrated her 70th birthday in 2016.

The main attractions this year included a parade, a craft fair, arena acts, a funfair and the famous “shirt race” – a contest of improvised prams.

(Photo credit: Anthony Morris)

The event started with Morris dancing in the square and then at the Swan Pub

Then there was the judging of the floats followed by the shirt race, then the craft fair.

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Oxford Mail: (Photo credit: Anthony Morris)(Photo credit: Anthony Morris)

Other entertainment included performances by the Deep Down Brass Band, the Jez Avery Stunt Show, the Hogg Show, Armaleggan Morris, Punch and Judy and a display by Sheridan the Sheepdog.

Oxford Mail: (Photo credit: Anthony Morris)(Photo credit: Anthony Morris)

Oxford Mail: (Photo credit: Anthony Morris)(Photo credit: Anthony Morris)

Oxford Mail: (Photo credit: Anthony Morris)(Photo credit: Anthony Morris)

Oxford Mail: (Photo credit: Anthony Morris)(Photo credit: Anthony Morris)

Oxford Mail: (Photo credit: Anthony Morris)(Photo credit: Anthony Morris)

Oxford Mail: (Photo credit: Anthony Morris)(Photo credit: Anthony Morris)

Oxford Mail: (Photo credit: Anthony Morris)(Photo credit: Anthony Morris)

Oxford Mail: (Photo credit: Anthony Morris)(Photo credit: Anthony Morris)

This story was written by Gee Harland, she joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: [email protected]est.co.uk

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