The 2017 West Country Carnival

This carnival is formed of several parades of illuminated floats in the West Country cities of England. The parades take place over a period of about 2 months. The money raised through this carnival goes to different local charities.

There are 4 circuits: East Devon, Wessex Grand Prix, the South Somerset Federation of Carnivals Committee circuit and the Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnival Association circuit.

The East Devon Circuit

Here’s when and where you will see the parade in East Devon: Seaton on September 2nd, Colyton on September 9th, Axminster on September 16th, Sidmouth on September 23rd, Budleigh Salterton on September 30th, Exmouth on October 14th, Ottery St. Mary on October 21st, and Honiton on October 28th.

The South Somerset Federation of Carnivals Committee circuit

This one starts at Wellington on September 30th. The illuminated floats then move to Ilminster on October 7th, Chard on October 14th and Taunton on October 21st. As you see, they tackle a different town each week. Each parade lasts about 75 minutes.

The Wessex Grand Prix Circuit

In September, you will see floats in Sturminster Newton on the 2nd, Blandford Forum on the 9th, Mere on the 16th, Frome on the 23rd and Shaftesbury on the 30th. October has a few interesting locations too: Gillingham on the 7th, Wincanton on the 13th, Castle Cary on the 1th, Salisbury on the 20th, Trowbride on the 21st and last, Warminster on the 28th. This is the smallest circuit, each parade lasting for about 1 hour.

The Somerset County Guy Fawkes Circuit

These are the last appearances of the floats for 2017 and they all take place in November. We’ll start at Bridgwater on the 4th and then move on to Highbridge & Burnham-on-Sea on the 6th, Weston-super-Mare on the 10th, North Petherton on the 11th, Midsomer Norton on the 13th, Shepton Mallet on the 15th, Wells on the 17th, and last Glastonbury on the 18th. The parade lasts for 2-3 hours.

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