The world renowned annual Somerset County carnivals are one of the most spectacular events in Somerset today, Bridgwater carnival regularly attracts crowds of 150,000.
The carnival carts are designed and built by dedicated carnival clubs around the West Country. Clubs have many members who raise money throughout the year, and work relentlessly to achieve the spectacular carnival entries. Each clubs entry then takes part in the carnival parade along with many other entries, putting on a show to the public, and competing with each other to impress the judges. The illuminated carts can be up to 100ft in length, 16ft high, and 11ft wide, and some have 20-30,000 light bulbs.
The events are free, but donations are welcome and money is collected from the public along the route, all proceeds go to local charities. The entertainment that you will see is certainly worth supporting, so please help the carnivals and donate what you can.
Check out last years and see for yourself https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmFzllhlYrM
Allow plenty of travel time when go to carnival as they get very busy.
Dates for 2018 carnivals close to Mill Meadow:
10.11.18 North Petherton
Images: Somerset Live