All the most Frequently Asked Questions about the Bridgwater Carnival, Concerts and Procession.
Bridgwater Carnival is now always held on the first Saturday in November each year, for 2020 that will be the 7th November.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, four schemes three from J.23 & one from J.24 of the M5 which are signposted, £6 per car for the car park and £1 per adult for the bus.
Whilst we cannot stop you bringing a dog (assistance dogs excepted) to our carnival you have to consider if the carnival is a suitable environment for your dog, the large crowds, loud noise and special effects may well frighten them?
We do not allow dogs in the grandstands for the reasons stated above.
Grandstands seats for the 2020 procession are available from our online shop from 1st April or the Carnival Centre, or by post or telephone. Seats are £20 each for 2019. See details.
In 2019 we had 150 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.
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 2020 the Concerts start on Monday 5th October for 12 nights (excluding Sunday).
You most certainly can, auditions for front of curtain acts are held early in the year. See details.
We do and it can be found at Access Statement
The relevant officers are contactable by email. See details. You can also contact the Carnival Centre on 01278 428220.
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.