West Country Devon and Somerset Carnival Dates
Enjoy the lights, action, music and costumes of the spectacular floats and walking displays put on every year in the carnivals. Well known in the West Country, Devon and Somerset carnival parades are really fun events. With majorettes, music and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
Wrap up warm in the autumn for these evenings out and collect all your small change ready to throw into the collectors charity buckets.
Here are the West Country Carnival Dates for East Devon and Somerset 2019.
East Devon Carnivals
Saturday, August 31 – Seaton
Saturday, September 7 – Colyton
Saturday, September 14 – Axminster
Saturday, September 21 – Sidmouth
Saturday, September 28 – Budleigh Salterton
Saturday, October 19 – Ottery St. Mary
Saturday, October 26 – Honiton
Please check local press for start times.
South Somerset Carnival Dates
Saturday 28 September, Wellington
Saturday 5 October, Ilminster
Saturday 12 October, Chard
Saturday 19 October, Taunton
Saturday 14 September – Mere
Saturday 21 September – Frome
Saturday 28 September – Shaftesbury
Saturday 12 October – Castle Cary
Friday 18 October – Salisbury
Bridgwater is one of the largest and most well known carnivals and starts off the Somerset season. Look out for local bus excursions. These are larger parades and can last 2 to 3 hours.
Saturday 2 November, Bridgwater
Monday 4 November, Highbridge & Burnham-on-Sea
Friday 8 November, Weston-super-Mare
Saturday 9 November, North Petherton
Monday 11 November, Midsomer Norton
Wednesday 13 November, Shepton Mallet
Friday 15 November, Wells
Saturday 16 November, Glastonbury
Christmas Carnivals in East Devon
December 8 in Honiton.
Take a look at the video below for a preview of what to expect at the carnivals.
Carnivals are run entirely by volunteers who have to fund raise annually to finance the building of their entries, there is very little sponsorship available!
Each carnival holds a street collection which helps local charities and community groups raise funds as well as helping to fund the carnivals, so please give generously.
Please check local press for details of carnival start times and other associated local events.
Credits for information and pictures:
Midweek Herald, Somerset Carnivals website, Devon 24, Visit Somerset, Swift Owners Club
For more ideas of What’s On in Devon, Somerset and Dorset visit the Events Listings page here and look out for the What’s On for Half Term Guide coming soon