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Carnival 2017 - 7pm Saturday 4th November
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ADVANCE NOTICE – Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival – Saturday 4th November 2017 at 7 p.m.

Full day of entertainment planned for 2017, see details.

Firework Display – The annual display sponsored by Bridgwater Town Council will be held on Friday 3rd November at St Matthews Field, starting with a children’s parade at 7pm with fireworks at 7.30pm, car parking will be available on the field.

2017 Carnival Preview launched.

G.W.R. announce extra trains stopping at Bridgwater for the carnival!

1C22 16.33 Paddington to Paignton service will call additionally at Bridgwater to set down only (18.53).

1A37 21.30 Taunton to Paddington service will call additionally at Bridgwater to pick up only (21.42) NOTE: this service then calls Weston Super Mare, Bristol Temple Meads and stations to Paddington, customers for local stations to Weston and Bristol should wait and join 2M72 21.47 departure to Bristol TM.

1C31 20.31 Paddington to Exeter SD service will call to pick up and set down at Bridgwater (23.06) this call is normally to set down only.

Please note that Procession Grandstand seats and Hospitality Packages are now sold out, book early for 2018.

STREAMING – Sponsored by Magnox Ltd; first trialed in 2016, whilst we had a few hiccups many told us they enjoyed the stream with 42,712 hits on our website on carnival day alone this slowed things up a bit, the stream was watched in 119 countries. We are now working on improving the stream for 2017 increasing the resources on our website and using a dedicated satellite stream plus include the commentary. We would like to thank all the viewers who made a donation in 2016 and hope you will support us again, see streaming.


Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival has won two tourism awards, a GOLD award in the Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Excellence Awards for the TOURISM EVENT AND FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR 2016/17 and a Silver award in the South West Tourism 2016/17 awards in the category TOURISM EVENT AND FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR 2016/17.

VIDEOWondering what Bridgwater Carnival is all about, watch the clips from the 2017 Promo Video – In a hurry have a glance at Bridgwater Carnival 2016 in under four minutes!

FILM titled “Bridgwater – The Home of Carnival” released by Conor Shutler & Associates, see story.

DOWNLOADS – All downloadable files available on this site can be found here.

Bridgwater Carnival CentreOpening Times

PHOTOS – In addition to the Gallery on this site many more photos can be found on the websites of our two 2016 official photographers Peter J Nicholls Photography and Timeless Images.

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Corporate Hospitality

Want to make your visit extra special why not purchase our Hospitality package; parking, meal, stand seat. programme and more all included. Two options available.

Sponsor the Carnival.

Yes Bridgwater Carnival is very expensive to stage so to secure its future we have to raise considerable amounts of money, sponsors are very valuable to us.

Become a Friend of Carnival

Becoming a Friend will allow you to receive priority booking for Carnival Concert tickets; receive discounted prices for Grandstand or Concert seats; have your name in the programme and support Bridgwater Carnival.

Camping Facility

Unfortunately we are unable to offer this service for 2017 due to problems with obtaining a site.