Canley Parade & Creative Fun Day 2022 Info!

Canley residents and Warwick Arts Centre present a community parade, activating the streets with costumes, puppets and music from the samba band.  This years theme is ‘Dreaming Differently’! 

The Parade will start at the top of Glebe Close outside Willowbrook Retirement Village at 11.00 am and will end at Prior Deram Park at 12.30 where there will be creative activities, performances and food until 4.00pm. 

It’s going to be a lovely day and we want you to be part of it! Please see the posters below for more information. You can come to our free workshops, join the Canley Samba Band or walk the Parade and wave our stars, flags or even our giant whale! 

The route has been announced below.  To see an interactive map, click this link

You can get in touch with us at and follow up on Facebook @playingoutcanley

Making Top Hats!

Here’s a video all about how to make a top hat, using the Home Creativity Packs we have been handing out. Viktoria Sesi explains and demonstrates everything you need to do to make a Top Hat (and a quick ‘children’s hat’ at the end of the video) – each Pack should include enough materials for two Top Hats and up to three ‘children’s hats’. Wear one on Saturday!

If you haven’t got a pack and would like one, you can pick them up (while stocks last!) at Canley Community Centre this Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday (31st Aug, 1st/2nd Sept) – or at Canley Big Lunch in Prior Deram Park this Saturday afternoon (4th Sept).

Parade Route (4th Sept)

A map, showing the planned route of the Canley parade, starting at St Stephen's Church on Charter Avenue and ending at Canley Community Centre on Prior Deram Walk.

Here’s the planned route of our first Canley Parade on Saturday 4 September 2021. We’ll start off around 10am, and walk quite slowly – if all goes well we will take a turn around Prior Deram Park a bit later also.

We have a new local Samba Band, as well as a giant boat, a mermaid and some other characters/creatures, etc. You are very welcome to watch, and we could also definitely still use some help carrying our big creatures we made, etc!

If you would like to get involved as a volunteer, drop us a line on, or text Mark on 0772 519 3776.

See you very soon!

Making up home packs

Hello again everyone!

We have a number of Big Things made for the parade, and some more that are half-made; we have a Samba Band coming together; and we have a route. Now we want to make sure that people who live along the route have a chance to be involved ‘from their doorsteps’ as we walk past on September 4th.

Here’s a video made by Viktoria Sesi, showing how to use the contents of the packs to make a couple of celebratory Top Hats and some quick paper plate hats also 🙂

Seven of us helped make up “home creativity packs” for families and other residents who live along the route of the Parade, and others. We met to do this at Canley Community Church at 10am on Thursday 26th August – now we will distribute them in time for residents to make hats or masks or something else with which to join in the parade from their doorsteps as it goes past. Let us know if you can help!

Walk + Talk + Draw

A map of part of Canley, with text advertising a “walk + talk + draw” event

All welcome for a friendly stroll and chat at 10am on Thursday 12th August- with materials provided for optional drawing activities – along the route that Canley Parade will take on Saturday 4th September.

No special skills are needed, and we’ll start from St Stephen’s Church (by the chip-shop on Charter Avenue) and walk fairly slowly to Canley Community Centre.

For more information contact <a href=" Screening"></a>

Interested in Film?

An image advertising two meetings to help programme an open-air film screening

Would you like to help programme an open-air film screening this September in Canley, with help from film festival experts?

We’ll show a feature, probably a short or two as well, and we might well have some activities for people to join in with in the hour or two before the evening gets dark enough to start the movies.

Come and let us know what you’d like to see in either of two Zoom meetings (Thursdays at 6pm – 5th and 12th August). For more information (and to get hold of the joining instructions for the Zoom meeting) contact <a href=" Screening"></a>

Making Big Things!!

A poster advertising free workshops in Canley to make big wearable structures for the Canley Parade. Details in the text below.

Design and make big wearable creatures, puppets, flags, etc. for wearing/carrying in the Canley Parade! A two day workshop – come for all of it or drop in when you like 🙂

No experience needed – we will be building our ‘first drafts’ on the Thursday, and then adding lots of papier-mache on the Friday to some of them.

Thursday 5th August – 10am to 4pm at Canley Community Centre (Prior Deram Walk) – then from 4pm to 5pm we will be walking our creations over to Warwick Arts centre for Friday’s workshop.

Friday 6th August – 10am to 5pm at Warwick Arts Centre (where we can leave the papier-mache to dry for a few days)

Samba Drumming ++

Led by Dave “Marshall” Barrett – sound system DJ, music teacher, jazz musician, CWR and Hillz FM radio presenter, and great drumming group leader. It’s gonna be great – spread the word in and around Canley! 🙂

The workshops are free, at 7pm every Monday through the summer holidays, and we are being Covid-careful (measuring how well ventilated the space is; sitting 2m apart from each other, and advising people to wear masks if they can).

  • 26th July – Canley Community Centre, Prior Deram walk
  • 2nd Aug – St Stephen’s Church, Charter Avenue near the chip shop
  • 9th Aug – Canley Community Centre
  • 16th Aug – St Stephen’s Church
  • 23rd Aug – Canley Community Centre
  • 30th Aug – St Stephen’s Church

No experience needed – and there’s an optional performance on 4th September as part of the Canley Parade