Bridgwater Carnival is a huge event that includes a carnival parade, concerts, and squibbing at Bridgwater in Somerset, England. It was agreed to be held annually on the first Saturday in November.
The Bridgwater Fair offers lots of entertainment to make everyone fall in love with this merrymaking—featuring stilt walkers, jugglers, street theatre, and marching bands. The fun kicks off at 10 am, so you should get to the city center early in the morning to get a thrill out of all the activities. From 10:30 am to 6 pm, musicians play on the Cornhill Stage non-stop, while the High Street Stage mixes live music with street theatre. Also, you can head to the High Street area, Angel Place Shopping Centre, and St. Mary’s Church to rejoice in the amusing entertainment, the marching bands, and majorettes.
The main carnival procession kicks off at 6 pm, with the pre-procession starting at 5:30 pm on Bath Road. The 1.2 mi (2 km) route ends at the traffic lights at the Clink and Northgate junction. The roads around Bridgwater close at 5 pm, so make sure to arrive to the town in time via the M5 access and from J.23 if you are late.
After the parade finishes, the visitors head to High Street to watch the Squibbing Display—the simultaneous firing of lots of large fireworks, also called “squibs.” This entertainment is something super unique to Bridgwater and can’t be seen anywhere else in the world. When over 150 “squibbers” light up their squibs simultaneously, it looks like a long magical trail of fire. We could say it’s just a large firework, but in fact, it looks way more impressive. This illuminated carnival is one of the brightest UK carnivals worth visiting for sure.
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