Get to Cowley Road Carnival

Cowley Road Carnival


Come to Oxford's Big Day out - Cowley Road Carnival, Sunday 7th July 2019.

On Sunday 7th July, Cowley Road will be closed for the Cowley Road Carnival from The Plain to the junction with Magdalen Road from 7.00am to approximately 9.00pm.

Carnival Day starts at 11am until 5pm in which time the Cowley Road will be alive with music and colour as performers take over venues and stages all along the road. There is something for everyone, with music and performance of all genres at venues and stages along the length of the road from the Plain all the way up to the City Arms at Magdalen Road as well as adjacent areas including the Disco Car Park behind Tesco and Manzil Way which will be transformed into market street leading to Dingley Dell (picnic area and ideal for families with young children) and the Global Dance Stage which is at the Asian Cultural Centre.

The theme for this year is ‘Space is the Place’. The procession, which starts at 12.30 from the Plain end of the Cowley Road, will feature some amazing costumes and structures inspired by Space in fact and fiction as well as a Mini car created especially for the parade.

The Carnival is inclusive and accessible for all to enjoy. If you have any concerns about how you can access the event please follow the link to the website here or email for information.

Finally, Carnival is working hard to minimise its impact on the environment. Please discard your rubbish in the bins provided or take it home.

For more information see the carnival website.


Stagecoach services 1, 10 & 12 will be diverted between Cowley centre and The Plain via Church Cowley Road and Iffley Road, joining the normal route at Between Towns Road. 

Passengers should use stops along Iffley Road during this time.


Where to get on and off your bus for Carnival

Cowley Road bus map

Getting to Carnival

From London and Thornhill Park & Ride

Take the Oxford Tube from London. Our coaches depart from Victoria, Marble Arch, Notting Hill and Shepherd’s Bush and run 24 hours a day. Get off at St Clement’s and walk through Dawson Street to get to Cowley Road.

You can buy and use tickets on the Oxford Tube Mobile Tickets App.

From Oxford city centre

Take your local Stagecoach service to Oxford city centre and change to route 1, 10 or 12. Get off on Iffley Road and walk across to Cowley Road using Magdalen Road, Bullingdon Road, James Street or Circus Street.

Ticket prices vary depending on where you’re travelling from. Group tickets are available.

Find your fare


Pay a Pound to Keep Carnival Around

Donate £1 to Carnival
Cowley Road Carnival  receives grant funding from Oxford City Council and Arts Council England but  is reliant on support from voluntary donations from sponsors, partner companies and the general public. 

It costs around £150,000 to hold this iconic event every year. To keep the Carnival going for years to come  you can donate just £1 on the day when you see the Volunteers with the buckets.

If everyone donated just £1, that would equal a third of the funds needed to upkeep the Carnival.

So go on, pay your pound to keep Carnival around!