SOMERSET ILLUMINATED CARNIVALS
Join us in Somerset for one of the highlights of the year: the Somerset Illuminated Carnivals! Somerset Carnivals run throughout October and November in South Somerset and North Somerset. The Somerset Illuminated Carnivals are traditionally set around Bonfire Night and the Gunpowder Plot, originating in the 1600s. Today's Somerset carnivals feature enormous, often tractor-led carnival floats, with music, dancing, entertainment and street food across Somerset.
If you are looking for caravan, motorhome or RV and Fifth Wheel accommodation to visit the Somerset Illuminated Carnivals, we are one of the few open all year touring caravan parks in Somerset and can cater for you for the entire Somerset Carnival circuit. We also have holiday lodge accommodation available for the Somerset carnivals in October and November.
We are one of Premier Parks Top 100 UK Sites and they have picked us as one of their top Autumn breaks. Highlighted in their posts are the wonderful Somerset Illuminated carnivals, where you'll get to experience Somerset tradition first hand across several dates across October and November.
Take a look below for our top tips on which Somerset carnivals to visit during your caravanning holiday!
THE WESSEX GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT COVERING SOUTH SOMERSET AND DORSET:
This carnival circuit usually runs through September and October, with milder evening weather to enjoy the illuminated carnivals. Our nearest Somerset illuminated carnival is held at Castle Cary, just 4 miles away. 2024 dates will be announced shortly.
Mere Carnival -
Frome Carnival -
Shaftesbury Carnival -
Gillingham Carnival -
Castle Cary Carnival -
Trowbridge Carnival -
Warminster Carnival -
SOMERSET COUNTY GUY FAWKES CARNIVAL CIRCUIT COVERING NORTH SOMERSET 2024:
The North Somerset carnival circuit begins from Bonfire Night on 5 November with Bridgwater carnival. The remainder of the North Somerset carnivals are held throughout October, with our recommendation of the carnival in Wells, the only city on the circuit, towards the end of the month.
Bridgwater Carnival - Saturday 2 November
Highbridge & Burnham on Sea Carnival - Monday 4 November
Weston-Super-Mare Carnival - Friday 8 November
North Petherton Carnival - Saturday 9 November
Midsomer Norton - Monday 11 November
Shepton Mallet Carnival - Wednesday 13 November
Wells Carnival - Friday 15 November
Glastonbury Carnival - Saturday 16 November
CHECK AVAILABILITY AND BOOK ACCOMMODATION FOR THE SOMERSET ILLUMINATED CARNIVALS
We are open all year as an adult only touring park with holiday lodges for hire. Check availability for your motorhome, caravan, RV or Fifth Wheel for pitches during the Somerset Illuminated Carnival season. Alternatively, join us in one of our holiday lodges.
INDEPENDENT SOMERSET CARNIVALS:
South Petherton Carnival - Saturday 9 September
Midsomer Norton Carnival - Monday 13 November
SOUTH SOMERSET FEDERATION OF CARNIVALS COMMITTEE CIRCUIT:
Wellington Carnival - Saturday 30 September
Ilminster Carnival - Saturday 7 October
Chard Carnival - Saturday 14 October
Taunton Carnival - Saturday 21 October
OUR SOMERSET CARNIVAL RECOMMENDATIONS
Our nearest carnival is Castle Cary Carnival, just 4 miles away. You will see the same large floats which are displayed at the big North Somerset carnivals, with the benefit of being even closer to the action! The heavily decorated, illuminated carnival floats feature dancing troops and are great for a sing-along, with common themes including musicals, comedy floats, and of course farming, which Somerset is famous for! You'll definitely catch a few songs by The Wurzels throughout the night.
There will be parking around the peripheral of the town centre, although we would suggest car sharing if possible, as carnival is always busy! We'd also recommend dressing up warm and picking up some fish and chips from the local chip shop.
We would also highly recommend a visit to Wells Carnival, which is one of the largest illuminated carnivals during Somerset carnival season. Wells Carnival features all of the largest floats seen at Bridgwater Carnival and is, without a doubt, one of the biggest crowds for the show.
"50 EVENTS WORTH TRAVELLING FOR IN 2022"
Conde Nast Traveller Magazine named the Somerset Illuminated Carnivals one of their "50 events worth travelling for in 2022". Listed alongside some of the top festivals and events in the world, the Somerset Carnivals are just one of five recommendations for November by the travel oracle and were part of their "year to remember"!
Find out about more unique things to see and do in Somerset all year round! We're open 365 days of the year and ideal to see Somerest in all seasons.
Visit us for a late summer or early autumn break and catch the last of the sun this September and October. There's lots to see and do during your touring holiday in Somerset!