Somerset Illuminated Carnivals

Where: Somerset - various towns (see website link)
When: October & November
Time: Evenings



Somerset is home to a series of  spectacular processions for a short season in the autumn, and the carnivals here are the largest of their kind in Europe. Expect large motorised floats ablaze with lights and participants in fantastic costumes, some in the form of static tableaux and others a complete contrast, all-singing and all-dancing. A number of towns participate every year (some with unique aspects are detailed in their own separate articles on this site, like Bridgwater) from October to mid November and  entrants compete for a variety of prizes for the best float, best costumes and so on. The origin of the events lies with Guy Fawkes night (see separate article) and fireworks but the floats have taken on a life of their own in this part of the world.

Helpful Hints

They’re popular crowd-pullers so arrive in plenty of time if you want a good view. Unless the weather is absolutely atrocious they go ahead regardless of wind and rain.

Head to the events website for full details of times and dates :