For the third successive year, organisers of Bridgwater Carnival have teamed up with The Buses of Somerset to provide a park and ride service for spectators attending this year’s illuminated carnival procession on Saturday 7 November.
The special service will operate from two locations – the junction 24 (M5) cattle market site, and just off junction 23 of the M5 at the British Car Auctions car park – and will run regularly in both directions from 2pm on carnival day.
Both services will be clearly signposted and will cost £5 per car, with all profits going towards the official Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival charity.
Gary Stephens, chairman for Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival Committee, said: “This is another enhancement to the Bridgwater Carnival experience, and I would like to thank The Buses of Somerset, Junction 24 and British Car Auctions for their support with this scheme.
“Not only will it help ease the amount of traffic travelling on the main roads leading into the town on carnival day itself, it will also relieve the pressure on carnival goers from trying to find a suitable car parking space near the procession route, and will make leaving the town easier for everybody after the procession has finished.
Lee Jones, operations manager, The Buses of Somerset, added: “Bridgwater Carnival and its associated activities bring much trade to the local businesses all year around, and it makes perfect sense for us to work in partnership with the carnival committee to promote the town.”
Another first for this year’s event has seen Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival Committee team up with a local caravan site (CL) to provide basic pitches for potential campers for the carnival weekend. The certified site which is based at Manor Farm just outside of Westonzoyland, is owned by Tim Bawden, and offers a pitch with access to fresh water and a disposal point. The cost of the pitch including transport to and from Bridgwater Carnival courtesy of The Buses of Somerset is £18 per night. Pitches are limited and have to be pre-booked through the our online shop. For further information, contact Mark Robson on 07787 120273.