Notting Hill Carnival is making its triumphant return this year, with the event set to be bigger than ever after taking a few years of Covid forced-induced break. 

With expectations higher than ever, the borough is expected to see nearly two million carnival fans descend on the area over the bank holiday weekend. 

Organisers have said the event will also be greener than ever before, using its first ever electric float after partnering up with music app Spotify to make the carnival more eco-friendly. 

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Ahead of the big day, you might be thinking of planning where to head to make sure you get the best view and get to be a part of all the festivities and celebrations.

Well, you're in luck as we have all the key information on the big day, from the route, timings, schedule and when the carnival is taking place. 

When and where is Notting Hill Carnival?

Keeping in tradition, the Notting Hill Carnival is returning to its slot of the August Bank Holiday from August 27 to 29.

Much like its name suggests, the carnival takes place in Notting Hill but also goes into the streets or neighbouring areas. 

Those areas are Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Park, Westbourne Grove and Bayswater. 

What is the parade route for Notting Hill Carnival 2022? 

The parade is around three and a half miles long and takes up much of the W10 area. 

The parade starts near Westbourne Grove tube station at 9.30am before travelling down to Great Western Road. 

It then slowly moves back toward Westbourne Grove after circling much of the surrounding area. 

To see the full map head to the Notting Hill Carnival website. 

If you're heading down to watch the parade you can even track the parade using the Notting Hill Carnival app that you can download here. 

What is the schedule for Notting Hill Carnival?

With the carnival expected to be bigger than ever before, this year there will be 38 sound systems playing a range of music and 84 Mas bands. 

Here's the full schedule for the Notting Hill Carnival:

Saturday, August 27

Starting on Saturday, there will be Panorama, a family-friendly event in Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park, near Trellick Tower.

You will need to get a ticket to the event, which you can find here. 

At Panorama you can expect live music, a Caribbean atmosphere and the UK's largest steel pan completion. 

Sunday, August 28

The Sunday of the carnival is known as the family day which is typically very busy. 

With the J’Ouvert Carnival in Ladbroke Grove kicking off at 6am, you will be able to see steel bands and African drummers take to the streets. 

Later at 10.30am, the children's parade starts where young performers show off their dancing skills through the streets. 

This year the children's parade will be led by the virtual running community, the Emancipated Run Crew, with the members wearing green to remember those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire five years ago. 

Monday, August 29

Starting at midday on the Bank Holiday, there will be more than 80 bands as well as amazing, colourful customers all wandering through the streets as part of the main parade. 

And of course, there will be plenty of yummy food and drink stalls lining the streets for people to enjoy. 

Plus, entertainment will continue with nearly 40 sound systems sharing hit after hit throughout the day.

Do you have to pay to go to Notting Hill Carnival?

Notting Hill Carnival is completely free to attend, with the Not for Profit event created for the community by the community. 

To find out more information head to the Notting Hill Carnival website.