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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.

2017 Carnival Preview launched.

Carnival Concert seats now on sale at our online shop. Please note that Procession Grandstand seats are now sold out for 2017.

STREAMING – Sponsored by Magnox Ltd; first trialled 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!

Listen to the BBC Broadcast featuring Alan Windsor of Marketeers Carnival Club.

CARNIVAL CONCERTS – watch the short video clip by Conor Shutler & Associates.

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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  • When is the Carnival Procession?

    Bridgwater Carnival is now always held on the first Saturday in November each year, for 2017 that will be the 4th November.
  • When is the Carnival Concerts?

    The date of the Carnival Concerts are governed by the Bridgwater Fair which precedes it, the four day Fair always starts on the last Wednesday in September each year, so for 2017 the Concerts start on Monday 2nd October.
  • Do you operate a Park & Ride scheme?

    Yes, three schemes two from J.23 & one from J.24 of the M5 which are signposted, £5 per car for the car park and £1 per adult for the bus.
    See details.
  • Can I park in the town?

    Yes you can park in the town but spaces are limited and once the car parks are full there is little other space available. You are strongly advised to use the Park & Ride making it much easier to get into the town and back to your car. See details.
  • Can I park a coach?

    Coach parking has been extended for the last few years due to the high demand, We have areas in the town specifically for coach parking but it has to be pre-booked this makes it far easier to drop off and pick up passengers. See details.
  • Customer Services

    If you require more information than you can find on this site or would like to report something please email Customer Services. You can also contact the Carnival Centre on 01278 428220.


  • Do you have Grandstand seats?

    Grandstands seats for the 2017 procession are available from our online shop from 1st April or the Carnival Centre, or by post or telephone. Seats are £16 each for 2017. See details.
  • What is Squibbing?

    In 2016 we had 180 people squibbing in the High Street after the procession, the squibs are fixed to coshs which are held up at arms length and all let off at the same time. See details.
  • Can I audition for the Concert?

    You most certainly can, auditions for front of curtain acts are held early in the year. See details.
  • What happens during the day?

    We put on street entertainment from 10.30am in the town centre, the roads are closed to traffic and the variety of acts creates a party atmosphere.
  • How do I contact a member of the committee?

    The relevant officers are contactable by email. See details. You can also contact the Carnival Centre on 01278 428220.
  • Do you have an Access Statement?

    We do and it can be found at Access Statement

Mark Robson-W

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.
Chris Hocking

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.
Janet Croker-W

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.