The Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnival Association is the umbrella organisation for the following carnivals:
For more information on each carnival please visit their individual websites above.
APPLICATION WINDOW FOR ENTERING THE 2023 SOMERSET COUNTY GUY
FAWKES CARNIVALS HAS NOW CLOSED FOR 2023
The application window to take part in the prestigious 2023 Somerset County Guy Fawkes carnival processions has closed on the 1 September.
The the start of the carnival season is now just under two months away.
The standardised entry form although closed for 2023 has been a success with all entries but one
entered online enables entrants, at a click of a button, to apply to take part in the eight affiliated carnivals – Bridgwater, Burnham on Sea, Weston Super Mare, North Petherton, Midsomer Norton, Shepton Mallet, Wells and Glastonbury.
2022 saw the spectacular carnivals return to bumper crowds following a two year Pandemic related break. An estimated 400,000 people watched the carnivals, with nearly £110,000 raised from the town street collections and shared between good causes, local charities and the carnivals themselves.
David Churches, secretary of SCGFCA, said: “The Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnivals are the best illuminated processions in the world, and the resurgence in popularity experienced last year is something we need to be very proud of and embrace.
“We acknowledge the current economic and financial climate is causing difficulties for everyone, and many community events have fallen by the wayside over the past couple of years. However, the Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnivals continue to defy the odds with the carnival spirit burning brighter than ever, and this is testament to every single person involved in our wonderful tradition.
David added: “It’s always a very special night when the carnival comes to town, and to feel that excitement, atmosphere and enjoyment again will be a joy to behold”. “I am sure the carnival committees and entrants will be absolutely determined to put on a special show for 2023.”
The date for applying to take part in the carnivals in 2024 is Monday 1 July 2024, and those who are unable to complete an online entry form can still obtain a paper copy by contacting Dave Croker on 01278 421795 or at email@example.com.