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Somerset Illuminated Carnivals 2011 -

Somerset Illuminated Carnivals 2011 - Carnival is one of the most special and unique features of Somerset’s autumn season. Every year more than 150,000 people visit Bridgwater carnival that is believed to be the largest illuminated carnival in the world. In addition to Bridgwater carnival there are another 21 carnivals during the season.

Each area is organised into carnival circuits, which are a friendly competition. There is the Wessex Grand Prix Carnival circuit (which also encompasses a small bit of Wiltshire and Dorset) comprising the nine towns of Sturminster Newton, Trowbridge, Mere, Frome, Shaftesbury, Gillingham, Castle Cary, Wincanton and Warminster. The South Somerset Confederation Association circuit that comprises Wellington, Ilminster, Chard and Taunton. The County Guy Fawkes Association circuit which starts with Bridgwater carnival, quickly followed by North Petherton, Burnham – on – sea, Shepton Mallet, Wells, Glastonbury and Weston –super – mare. There is also Midsomer Norton carnival with Yeovil carnival hoping to be resurrected this year.


Carnival dates 2011

Wessex Grand Prix

Sturminster Newton 20 Aug 7.15pm

Mere 17 Sep 7.30pm

Frome 24 Sep 7.00pm

Shaftesbury 1 Oct 7.00pm

Gillingham 8 Oct 7.15pm

Castle Cary 15 Oct 7.30pm

Trowbridge 22 Oct 7.00pm

Warminster 29 Oct 7.00pm



South Somerset Federation

Wellington 24 Sep 7.30pm

Ilminster 1 Oct 7.15pm

Chard 8 Oct 7.15pm

Taunton 15 Oct 7.00pm



Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnival Association

Bridgwater 4 Nov 7.00pm

North Petherton 5 Nov 7.00pm

Burnham-on-Sea 7 Nov 7.30pm

Shepton Mallet 9 Nov 7.30pm

Wells 11 Nov 7.00pm

Glastonbury 12 Nov 7.00pm

Weston-super-Mare 14 Nov 7.15pm


For more information see Carnivals in Somerset Promotion Project