THE party atmosphere will return to Hale Barns this year — and carnival organisers want residents to get involved.

The first Hale Barns Carnival was held last year and organisers the Hale Barns Events Team are working flat out for this years's festivities on July 14 and 15 on St Ambrose Playing Fields.

They are holding an open evening on Monday for people to put forward their ideas, take part, volunteer and discuss sponsorship.

The aim of the carnival is to a focus on building a community event for everyone to enjoy, showcasing the best the area has to offer.

There will be more than 200 performers, attractions and displays, including musicians, car displays, falconry displays, traditional funfair, brass bands, dance displays and activities for children.

The first of the main sponsors has been announced with Benchmark Security sponsoring the event.

And this year, organiser Max Eden wants to go bigger.

He said: "Our aim is to create a huge party atmosphere for the evening concerts and build on last year’s success by recreating two musical phenomenons and staging them in Hale Barns, and for the past six months, we have been searching out the very best performers to do this."

The Saturday night sees Hale Barns staging Best Brits.

The carnival will be taken over by Beatlemania with one of the UK’s Top Tribute bands, The Pretend Beatles, headlining the Saturday evening concert along with the Sound of Bowie and George Michael tribute Andrew Browning.

The Sunday night sees the ABBA Revival headlining the Ultimate Disco, along with the award-winning Bootleg Beegees and Diana Ross by Tameka.

Mr Eden said: "In doing these shows, I really wanted the very best in tributes because there are tributes and then there are tributes.

"Having gone through hundreds of performers, I’ve selected the very best and the shows lined up are possibly the greatest party gigs possible."

The Hale Barns Carnival Evening Concerts take place after the day events with gates open at 6pm each night.

Tickets are on sale now and available at

Money raised from the event goes to the community hall project for Hale Barns.

The open evening is at 7.30pm on Monday at St Ambrose Prep School.