2016 Information Coach & Car Parking
M5 Junction 23 Roadworks
We have been advised by Highways England that they will be carrying out works on the Central Reservation of the M5 through the area of Junction 23. These works will commence on 10th October and last through and beyond the Carnival season.
During these works the motorway will be reduced to two lanes with a 50mph speed limit. Junction 23 will be open for exit and access on Carnival day.
It is possible, that during this period congestion may occur and you are advised to plan your journey to Bridgwater Carnival taking into account the possibility of delays. Please remember that the roads around Bridgwater will close at 1800 hours and that the Procession will start at 1900 hours prompt.
For more information about the roadworks please contact Highways England on 03001235000 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopefully if you are reading this you intend to come to our carnival, if you are please bear in mind roads in the town start closing at 4pm to allow for grandstands to be placed in position, after this time access to the town is likely to be congested, particularly from both J23 & J24 of the M5 so come early, please don’t leave it to the last minute to arrive. We want you to enjoy the experience not be stuck in a traffic queue, there is entertainment in the town centre from 10.30am.
In 2016 it is our intention to again be running Park & Ride schemes from three locations two from J.23 & one from J.24 of the M5 which proved very popular in recent years, see details below.
Why not take the hassle out of driving and come by coach, many coach firms now run trips to Bridgwater Carnival, see our Coach Trips page.
The Carnival will commence at 7.00 p.m. Main roads into the town will be closed to traffic from 6.30 p.m. The procession will take approximately two hours to pass any given point. We usually attract in around 120 entries of all descriptions.
Any queries concerning traffic management should be directed to our Traffic Officer Chris Mockridge.
Finally many thanks for supporting Bridgwater Carnival and please remember the carnival raises many thousands of pounds for charity via your donations so please help us to smash last years total by giving as much as you can to support our many worthy causes.
Enjoy the show!
A coach pack containing a short promotional DVD and flyers is available for coach companies from our Commercial Director on request Contacts.
We have allocated some parking spaces within the town centre for coaches on a first come first served basis, spaces are limited; (see application form for details), making it far easier to drop off and pick up your passengers. Should you wish to pre-book a coach you can download an application form by clicking on the link below and returning it with the appropriate payment or you can pay via our online shop, please put in the note fields the number of vehicles and number of seats together with any other relevant information. Online Shop.
The parking charge if available for those that arrive on the day without pre-booking will be £40 for a coach and £30 for a mini bus (maximum 16 seats), if you pre-book £35 for a coach and £25 for a mini bus and your space is reserved, enquiries for 2016 are already being received.
The details of how we can best accommodate coaches has now been agreed with the Police, see “Location” link for a map of Bridgwater. Email contact for coach parking only is Chris Hocking
Park & Ride
Park ‘N’ Ride schemes are again in operation this year thanks to The Buses of Somerset. The service will operate from 2pm on carnival day with parking located just off J.23 M5 (British Car Auctions) – TA6 4TN, J.24 M5 (Junction 24 Ltd) – TA6 6DF, and from 11am at the Morrison’s Distribution Centre, use J.23 exit M5 – TA6 4AT.
Park and Ride charges are £5 per car plus £1 per adult travelling.
You should find this much easier than looking for town centre car parks; buses will run from the site entrance to the town centre returning after the procession picking you up from the position you were dropped off. This service will be available from 2.00 pm, with the first bus leaving when full, the buses will run a regular service both ways until 11.30 pm when the last bus leaves the pick up point as shown on the map. These sites will be signposted from the M5 junction.
The Carnival Committee works hard to ensure there is ample parking in the town with all main car parks signposted, so on arrival follow the signs.
The largest car parks in the town will be St Matthews Field and Bridgwater College, both close to the carnival route.
Official Bridgwater Carnival car parks are at the following locations:-
Angel Place Shopping Centre, ASDA, Bridgwater College, Bridgwater Hospital (new), Bridgwater Retail Park, Morrison’s, St Matthew’s Field. and B & M (old B &Q) (provisionally). Parking costs £5. Many of these car parks have parking bays for blue badge holders and are used on a first come first used basis.
Council Car Parks will be operational at Market Street and Barclay Street
The car parks are run in the main jointly between the Carnival and local charities.
You are advised to use the official car parks, there have been incidents in the past when cars parked on private land and were clamped and were charged several hundred pounds to get their cars released. Bridgwater Carnival has no control over this practice and cannot accept any liability. You have been warned!
Due to the high number of people visiting the town on carnival day specific parking for the disabled is limited, although there are almost 100 spaces in the local car parks reserved for the disabled. We have tried to address this by providing an area in the Mount Street car park which will be adjacent to a reserved viewing area and adapted toilets nearby, this is a trial for this year and will be on a first come first service for parking, priority will be given to those with a Blue Badge. Due to lack of space there is no official disabled parking on the carnival procession route itself but there are several large car parks within a few minutes walk of the procession route.
If you have booked grandstand seats there are sizeable car parks within a 10 minute walk from the location of the grandstands and toilets nearby, see map below.
If you intend watching from the roadside as the majority of spectators do then anywhere on the two mile route is accessible to wheelchair users.
Whilst we make arrangements to secure as much official parking as we can, our advice is to arrive as early as you can as all available car parks in the town centre do fill up early, hence the reason we now provide two Park & Ride schemes with buses adapted for wheelchair users.
Mount Street at the end of the route may be a suitable place to watch the procession for people in wheelchairs. There are two car parks (Mount St. East and Mount St. West) with 9 disabled parking spaces where there is easy access to the footpath and have plenty of room for a wheelchair and carer.
On the other side of this road is the large Angel Place Shopping Centre with easy access to the High Street where the daytime entertainment is held and access at the rear onto Mount Street for viewing the Procession.
A printable map showing the carnival procession route and the location of grandstands, toilets and car parks can be downloaded 2016 route map.
Further information on Bridgwater Carnival can be obtained by ringing the Carnival Centre on 01278 428220.