About this event:
Shepton Mallet Carnival is part of the Somerset Guy Fawkes Circuit. Traditionally held early November to commemorate the attempted blowing up of the Houses of Parliament. Somerset Carnivals are very highly regarded as the largest spectacular illuminated processions in the world. The Guy Fawkes Circuit starts at Bridgwater continuing to Burnham on Sea,Weston-Super-Mare, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Wells, finishing at Glastonbury.
The Somerset Carnivals date back more than 400 years, and are one of the most spectacular unique events in Somerset today. In some of the bigger locations, such as Bridgwater and Glastonbury, you can expect to see crowds of up to 150,000.
Carts as they are referred to in Somerset, are designed and built by dedicated carnival clubs around the West Country. These carnival clubs have many members who raise money throughout the year, and work relentlessly to achieve their spectacular carnival entries. Their completed cart then takes part in the carnival parade along with over 100 other entries, these range from single masqueraders dancing in the streets to 100ft illuminated carnival carts, some with up to 30,000 light bulbs, these will be in the categories of tableau, feature or comic all pulled by decorated tractors.
SHEPTON MALLET – Town Centre
November 14 – 7.30pm