Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival: A Berrys Coaches Visitors Guide

The Spectacle of Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival: A Tradition of Light, Colour, and Community Spirit

In the heart of Somerset, amid the chill of autumn evenings, a tradition ignites the sky and warms the soul. It’s the Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, an event that’s more than just a celebration of Bonfire Night; it’s a spectacle of light, colour, and community spirit that has captivated audiences for over a century.

What’s it all about?

Dating back to the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, Bonfire Night commemorates the failed attempt by Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Yet, in Bridgwater, this historical event is celebrated with a carnival that’s as vibrant and electrifying as the fireworks that light up the night sky.

At the heart of the Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival is its spectacular parade. Floats adorned with intricate designs and thousands of lightbulbs wind their way through the streets, accompanied by the sound of marching bands, dancers, and performers. The air is filled with the scent of food stalls offering traditional fare like hot cider and toffee apples, adding to the festive atmosphere.

What can I expect to see?

Months of preparation go into creating the floats that grace the carnival procession. Each year, local clubs, schools, and organisations compete to outdo one another with their displays of creativity and craftsmanship. The result is a dazzling array of themes, from historical tableaus to fantastical landscapes, all brought to life with meticulous attention to detail.

Visit the Carnival With Berrys – Berrys Drop Off Point

The nearest Berrys Drop Off is located at  the Bridgewater Coach Station. We’ve included a Google Maps route to help guide you.