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This is the official website for Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival – the UK’s oldest carnival and one of the largest illuminated carnival processions in Europe.

Held annually on the first Saturday in November, this carnival takes place in Bridgwater, Somerset.

Ever since Guy Fawkes was discovered by the guards of King James I on that cold November night in 1605, Bridgwater has celebrated his failure and The Gunpowder Plot in its own unique way. These celebrations have grown into a massive, spectacular carnival that attracts spectators from all over the UK.

Over 50 carnival carts, some as big as 100ft long, 16ft high and 11 ft wide, and lit by thousands of lights, wind their way through the centre of this historic Somerset town, creating an explosive atmosphere of light, sound and movement. Accompanying these carts are groups and individual masqueraders on foot, marching bands and majorettes.

The entire procession takes over two hours to pass anyone viewing point on the 1.7-mile route and the carnival is brought to a dramatic finale with an amazing firework display (locally known as squibbing) in the middle of the town.

Seeing is believing - don't miss this amazing carnival.

As well as visiting this official website, carnival supporters can find out all of the latest Bridgwater Carnival news on the event’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Latest News

BRIDGWATER GUY FAWKES CARNIVAL TO HOST ‘DROP IN’ DAY

Photos Courtesy of Bridgwater Photographic Society Photos Courtesy of Bridgwater Photographic Society Carnival only happens because of volunteers, and Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival is holding an open day later this month where individuals and groups can find out more about getting involved and potentially benefitting from the town’s biggest night of

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Bridgwater Carnival Partner Up with Hinkley Point C

BRIDGWATER CARNIVAL AND HINKLEY POINT C PARTNER UP FOR THE ENVIRONMENT Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival have joined forces with the Hinkley Point C project in an innovative and unique sustainability partnership. The new collaboration sees excess materials, no longer needed at the construction site being reused and recycled by Bridgwater carnival

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BRIDGWATER GUY FAWKES CARNIVAL’S CHANCE TO WIN £1,000

Organisers of the UK’s oldest carnival is calling for nominations to win a £1,000 Movement for Good Award from Benefact Group. Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, which is an official charity, are encouraging people to nominate them for a chance to win £1,000 as part of Benefact Group’s annual Movement for

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Carnival Concert Front of Curtain Acts

Bridgwater Carnival Concert Front of Curtain Acts 2024 – Picture Andy Bennett LOCAL TALENT SHINES AS FRONT OF CURTAIN ACTS FOR 2024 CARNIVAL CONCERTS CONFIRMED 12 talented local entertainment acts fought off tough competition during this week’s auditions to secure a front of curtain slot at this year’s carnival concerts.

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