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.
SOMERSET GUY FAWKES CARNIVALS SET TO RETURN TO THE STREETS IN 2022
One of the county’s best loved annual events is set to return to the streets in 2022 after a two year pause. The popular Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnivals will take place again in November, with preparations already underway in the seven towns to make sure this year’s carnivals are the biggest and best yet.
Bridgwater, Highbridge and Burnham on Sea, Weston Super Mare, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Wells and Glastonbury are all part of the Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnivals Association (SCGFCA) circuit, and like many events around the country, the spectacular carnival processions were sensibly cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic restrictions.
Every year the carnivals attracts tens of thousands of people from all over the country and the world to the South West. The events raise a huge amount of money for charities and good causes, and also makes a big contribution to the local economy.
John Owens, SCGFCA President, said: “I am absolutely delighted our carnivals are back this year, and I really cannot wait for them to begin. “It’s always a very special night when the carnival comes to town, and to feel that excitement, atmosphere and enjoyment once again after so long will be a joy to behold.” John added: “The pandemic has been difficult for us all in so many different ways, and it has had a big impact on the carnival towns and entrants in terms of fundraising and cash flow. However, we are absolutely determined to put on a special show for 2022, and bring the smiles back to everybody’s faces.” (28th March 2022)
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.
Your support is vital to the continuation of our carnivals in their present standard!