Notting Hill Carnival Safety Tips
Notting Hill Carnival is sure to be a lively, fun and welcoming event that is immersed in colour, music and food. However, like every big event it does come with dangers, so being aware and alert will help you to stay safe and smart at the carnival. We have put together some tips for you, so you can stay safe this bank holiday weekend!
This list is not by any means exhaustive, so please consider taking all personal precautions you can for your overall safety.
Wear minimal jewellery
All the flamboyant costumes and colours might inspire you to reflect that in your own wardrobe but wearing sentimental and perhaps expensive jewellery could end in disaster. At these events crime can be an issue, so to make yourself less of a target we suggest wearing as little jewellery as possible.
We suggest wearing inexpensive costume jewellery; so you can still partake in the spirit of the festival but if it is lost it won’t ruin your good time.
Travel in groups to and from the event
There is always safety in numbers and feeling safe will help you to enjoy yourself, so if you are attending with friends, it’s a good idea to stick together. With millions of people estimated to attend there are many risks from separation to pick-pocketing, being a part of a larger group will minimise your chances of becoming a target.
We suggest setting a specific spot that is memorable and stationary at the start of the event, so that if anyone gets separated you have a way of finding each other.
Be alcohol aware
There is nothing to say that you cannot drink at this sort of event as there is bound to be plenty of it, but what can be said is that if you are going to drink, just remember these three simple things:
- Don’t accept any drink that you have not seen been opened or made
- Don’t accept drinks from strangers
- Know your limit
Please check out the Drinkaware website before attending the festival for some more tips on how to stay safe if you are drinking alcohol at the festival, you don’t want to have your time ruined by drinking too much and not being prepared!
Always plan ahead whether it is for the weather or it is how you are going to get home, make sure you are prepared for all situations.
Designate a sober driver to take everyone home or organise a taxi to avoid being stranded in the middle of the night.
It is England in August, so the weather could be anything. Make sure to look at weather forecasts leading up to and on the day of the event so that you are not caught in the rain without a coat or in the sun without sun cream!
If you are unsure go to the police
At these big events there will always be a larger amount of police patrolling the area, if you get separated from your friends or see something suspicious the police will always be around to help.
Think about your feet!
There’s going to be loud music, beautiful costumes and surely a fair share of dancing,
so we suggest leaving the heels at home and go for a comfortable pair of supportive shoes. Likewise, wearing open-toed shoes such as flip flops or sandals is not going to be the best idea. In the city streets there might be glass that could cut your foot, or millions of people who could potentially step on your toes and break them. You don’t want a good day and night ruined by poor footwear choices! Not to mention the painful blisters!
Don’t splash the cash
Like said before, unfortunately there are sometimes people who are looking to steal at these events and displaying large amounts of money at these events can make you a prime target. Try taking a suitable and secure bag where you can store valuables such as cards and cash in internal compartments. Enjoy your time and have fun but try to be discreet about the amount of cash you are carrying to reduce the risk of becoming a target.
We suggest separating your some of your money, so that in the unfortunate scenario you are pick pocketed you have a back up for the emergency.