The first true summer event in Market Harborough is the carnival which takes places annually on the second Saturday of June.

It’s a much looked forward to event, not only because it marks summer has begun. Around 10,000 spectators visit to enjoy a parade of carnival floats, live music and entertainment at the carnival showground. Harborough Carnival is, without a doubt, one of the unmissable events in the town.

The parade runs right past our hotel’s front door and we’re in the prime position to get a true feel for the carnival atmosphere.

Added to the entertainment is the Carnival of Running which takes place on the same day as the carnival. The races start at Robert Smyth Academy and end in the centre of town, where a large crowd will form.

Carnival of Running

The Market Harborough Carnival of Running has something for everyone. There are a total of four races to take part in:

  • 1-mile fun run
  • 10km
  • Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
  • Relay Challenge – enter the Half Marathon as a team of four

Because the races coincide with the carnival, crowds of spectators are guaranteed. Cheers of encouragement will push all the runners over the line.

Carnival of Running accommodation

Runners from further afield, and perhaps not familiar with the Harborough Carnival, can take advantage of our hotel’s accommodation to turn the race into a summer weekend away to our town.

Thanks to our partnership with Race Harborough, the organisers, if you are running in the Carnival of Running, you can receive a 15% discount on your booking by using the code ‘RACE’. The code is eligible on bookings through the whole weekend, Friday to Sunday.

If you’ve not yet registered for the race but fancy the challenge, you can sign up here.

We currently have a range of rooms available for that weekend. Whether it’s a single, double or family room, we have rooms in Market Harborough on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. To book, call our reception or use our online booking system.