2018 Information Coach & Car Parking
Hopefully if you are reading this you intend to come to our carnival, if you are please bear in mind roads in the town start closing at 2pm to allow for grandstands to be placed in position, after this time access to the town is likely to be congested, particularly from both J23 & J24 of the M5 so come early, please don’t leave it to the last minute to arrive. We want you to enjoy the experience not be stuck in a traffic queue, there is entertainment in the town centre from 10.00am.
In 2018 we will be running Park & Ride schemes from four locations three from J.23 & one from J.24 of the M5 which proved very popular in recent years, see details below.
Why not take the hassle out of driving and come by coach, many coach firms now run trips to Bridgwater Carnival, see our Coach Trips page.
The Carnival will commence at 7.00 p.m. Main roads into the town will be closed to traffic from 6.30 p.m. The procession will take approximately two hours to pass any given point. We usually attract in around 120 entries of all descriptions.
Any queries concerning traffic management should be directed to our Traffic Officer Chris Mockridge.
Finally many thanks for supporting Bridgwater Carnival and please remember the carnival raises many thousands of pounds for charity via your donations so please help us to smash last years total by giving as much as you can to support our many worthy causes.
Enjoy the show!
A coach pack containing a short promotional DVD and flyers is available for coach companies from our Commercial Director on request Contacts.
We have allocated some parking spaces within the town centre for coaches on a first come first served basis, spaces are limited; (see application form for details), making it far easier to drop off and pick up your passengers. Should you wish to pre-book a coach you can download an application form by clicking on the link below and returning it with the appropriate payment or you can pay via our online shop, please put in the note fields the number of vehicles and number of seats together with any other relevant information. Online Shop.
The parking charge if available for those that arrive on the day without pre-booking will be an extra £5 per coach / minibus (maximum 16 seats), if you pre-book £35 – £50 for a coach and £25 – £40 for a mini bus depending on location and your space is reserved, bookings for 2018 are already being received so if you want a particular location don’t delay, book today!
The details of how we can best accommodate coaches has now been agreed with the Police, see “Location” link for a map of Bridgwater. Email contact for coach parking only is Chris Hocking
Park & Ride
Park ‘N’ Ride schemes are again in operation this year thanks to The Buses of Somerset. The service will operate from the following times on carnival day with parking.
Park and Ride charges are £5 per car plus £1 per adult travelling, children under 16 free.
|LOCATION||ADDRESS||POST CODE||HOURS OF OPERATION|
|Junction 24. M5. Park & Ride||Market Way, North Petherton||TA6 6DF||2pm to midnight|
|Blue Route. Drop off/Pick up-Broadway outside Morrisons Supermarket|
|British Car Auctions||Bristol Road, Dunball||TA6 4TN||2pm to midnight|
|Junction 23 M5 Park & Ride||Bridgwater|
|Green Route. Drop off/Pick up-Bus Station/East Quay|
|Morrisons Manufacturing||Bristol Road, Bridgwater||TA6 4AT||11am to midnight|
|Junction 23 M5 Park and Ride|
|Red Route. Drop off/Pick up-Bus Station/East Quay|
|EDF Hinkley C, Dunball||Bristol Road, Dunball||TA6 4TN||2p.m. to midnight|
|Junction 23 M5 Park & Ride|
|Yellow Route. Drop off/Pick up-East Quay/Watsons Lane|
You should find this much easier than looking for town centre car parks; buses will run from the site entrances to the town centre returning after the procession picking you up from the position you were dropped off. This service will be available from the times advertised above as being open, with the first bus leaving when full, the buses will run a regular service both ways until 11.30 pm when the last bus leaves the pick up point as shown on the map. These sites will be signposted from the M5 junction.
The Carnival Committee works hard to ensure there is ample parking in the town with all main car parks signposted, so on arrival follow the signs.
The largest car parks in the town will be St Matthews Field and Bridgwater College, both close to the carnival route.
Official Bridgwater Carnival car parks are at the following locations:-
|LOCATION||ADDRESS||POST CODE||HOURS OF OPERATION|
|St Mathews Field||West Street, Bridgwater||TA6 7HD||10am to midnight|
|Morrisons Store||Broadway, Bridgwater||TA6 3LN||2pm to midnight|
|B & M Store||Broadway, Bridgwater||TA6 3LN||2pm to midnight|
|Asda Store||East Quay, Bridgwater||TA6 5AZ||3pm to midnight|
|Bridgwater Hospital||Bower Lane, Bridgwater||TA6 4GU||10am to midnight|
|Bridgwater Retail Park||The Clink, Bridgwater||TA6 4AB||1pm to midnight|
|Angel Place Shopping Centre||Mount Street, Bridgwater||TA6 3TQ||4-30pm to midnight|
|Old Splash site||Mount Street, Bridgwater||TA6 3ER||1pm to midnight|
|Bridgwater College||Bath Road, Bridgwater||TA6 4PZ||2pm to midnight|
Please check the availability of parking and times on our Bridgwater Carnival website nearer to carnival day.
Official carnival car parks will be manned by persons representing charities and community organisations authorised by Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival Committee which takes no responsibility for any loss sustained. Parking costs £5.
Many of these car parks have parking bays for blue badge holders and are used on a first come first used basis.Council Car Parks will be operational at Market Street and Barclay Street.
The car parks are run in the main jointly between the Carnival and local charities. You are advised to use the official car parks, there have been incidents in the past when cars parked on private land and were clamped and were charged several hundred pounds to get their cars released. Bridgwater Carnival has no control over this practice and cannot accept any liability. You have been warned!
Disabled Access – Due to the high number of people visiting the town on carnival day specific parking for the disabled is limited, although there are almost 100 spaces in the local car parks reserved for the disabled. We have tried to address this by providing an area in the Mount Street car park which will be adjacent to a reserved viewing area and adapted toilets nearby and will be on a first come first service for parking, priority will be given to those with a Blue Badge. Due to lack of space there is no official disabled parking on the carnival procession route itself but there are several large car parks within a few minutes walk of the procession route.If you have booked grandstand seats there are sizeable car parks within a 10 minute walk from the location of the grandstands and toilets nearby, see map below.
If you intend watching from the roadside as the majority of spectators do then anywhere on the two mile route is accessible to wheelchair users. Whilst we make arrangements to secure as much official parking as we can, our advice is to arrive as early as you can as all available car parks in the town centre do fill up early, hence the reason we now provide four Park & Ride schemes with buses adapted for wheelchair users.
Mount Street at the end of the route may be a suitable place to watch the procession for people in wheelchairs. There are two car parks (Mount St. East and Mount St. West) with 9 disabled parking spaces where there is easy access to the footpath and have plenty of room for a wheelchair and carer.On the other side of this road is the large Angel Place Shopping Centre with easy access to the High Street where the daytime entertainment is held and access at the rear onto Mount Street for viewing the Procession.
A printable map showing the carnival procession route and the location of grandstands, toilets and car parks can be downloaded 2018 Carnival Map Further information on Bridgwater Carnival can be obtained by ringing the Carnival Centre on 01278 428220.