Shepton Mallet Carnival
Date: 11 November 19 — 13 November 19 | Report this event.
Entrance Price free Per person
Shepton Mallet Carnival is part of the Somerset Guy Fawkes Circuit. Traditionallyheld early November to commemorate the attempted blowing up of the Houses of Parliament. Somerset Carnivals are very highly regarded as the largest spectacular illuminated processions in the world.The Guy Fawkes Circuit starts at Bridgwater continuing to Burnham on Sea,Weston-Super-Mare, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Wells, finishing at Glastonbury for dates please see.
The Somerset Carnivals date back more than 400 years, and are one of the most spectacular unique events in Somerset today. In some of the bigger locations, such as Bridgwater and Glastonbury, you can expect to see crowds of up to 150,000.
Carts as they are referred to in Somerset, are designed and built by dedicated carnival clubs around the West Country. These carnival clubs have many members who raise money throughout the year, and work relentlessly to achieve their spectacular carnival entries. Their completed cart then takes part in the carnival parade along with over 100 other entries, these range from single masqueraders dancing in the streets to 100ft illuminated carnival carts, some with up to 30,000 light bulbs, these will be in the categories of tableau, feature or comic all pulled by decorated tractors.
Carnival is very competitive and entrants are striving to obtain every mark in order to win the coveted trophies. Judging takes place whilst the procession is on the move and the results are made known after the procession has ended, but all aiming to win the prestigious county cup.
Wednesday 13th November 2019 Start 7.30 PM
The Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnival will be held in Shepton Mallet on Wednesday 13th November starting at 19:30hrs.
Build up to the event will start on Monday 11th November and the following information will help our residents and visitors who during the days leading up to the procession.
- Shepton Mallet, UK
- 11 November 19 — 13 November 19
- Family Friendly