Somerset Carnivals

An ancient tradition that’s the pride of Somerset

Somerset carnivals combine grand fireworks displays with street processions, fairgrounds and street food. Find out where to see a Somerset carnival this year.

Somerset carnivals are the highlight of the year for locals. The ritual dates back to at least the 1600s, when many parts of the county commemorated the Gunpowder Plot. Today, it’s a combination of open-air entertainment, fairgrounds, street food and late-night openings for many shops and restaurants.

Many Somerset carnival carts are over 50 feet long and come covered in intricate themed designs featuring moving parts and thousands of light bulbs - not to mention the characters, all played by members of the local Carnival Clubs. Remember to bring plenty of loose change, as the proceeds from the coin-collection carts go to charity. Find out more about Somerset carnivals, times, dates and routes at the Somerset Carnivals official website

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Largest illuminated carnival in Europe

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The highlight of the year..

Across the whole of Somerset

Somerset Carnivals are the highlight of the year for locals & visitors alike!.

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Somerset carnival dates 2020

Bridgwater - Saturday 7th November 2020 @ 18.00 hrs
Burnham on Sea - Monday 9th November 2020 @ 19.30 hrs
Weston Super Mare - Friday 13th November 2020 @ 19.00 hrs (earlier start)
North Petherton - Saturday 14th November 2020 @ 19.00 hrs
Midsomer Norton - Monday 16th November 2020 @ 19.30 hrs
Shepton Mallet - Wednesday 18th November 2020 @ 19.30 hrs
Wells - Friday 20th November 2020 @ 19.00 hrs
Glastonbury - 21st November 2020 @ 19.00 hrs
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