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14 November 2018

It’s carnival time in Somerset!

Somerset carnivals are an annual highlight in the West Country. It takes place in the two weeks after Guy Fawkes night and has been going since the gunpowder plot of 1605. The purpose is to raise money for local charities.

Over one hundred illuminated floats (or carts) join in the procession along with performers of all ages from the local carnival clubs. Thousands of lights, miles of electrical cable and hundreds of moving parts go into making this a dazzling spectacle.

The carts are always themed and can include anything from popular children’s films to scenes from history. Some carts cost in excess of £40,000 to build and are the result of thousands of hours work throughout the year.

Bridgwater is the first and largest of the carnivals and attracts around 150,000 spectators from all over the world. It’s the only one where there is ‘squibbing’ after the procession. Squibbers walk poles with exploding fireworks through the town, scattering the crowds with burning embers.

Squibbing at Bridgwater carnival

Squibbing at Bridgwater carnival  

After Bridgwater, the procession tours seven towns including Burnham-on-Sea, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Wells and Glastonbury.

It’s often cold (and wet) on carnival night. The shows can last several hours so if you want to go the distance, make sure you come prepared.

Your carnival survival pack!

1. Take a flask of tea, coffee or hot chocolate to insulate you from the inside.

2. Remember to wear your hat, scarf and gloves.

3. It’s a good idea to get there early if you want a decent view. To avoid lots of standing around, take a lightweight folding chair or one of our handy Folding Flip Stick Seats.

4. Keep your legs and feet toasty with a pair of our Thermal Softhold® Seam-free Knee High Socks.

Thermal Softhold Seam-free Knee High Socks

5. Don’t worry if it’s wet and windy. Our Minnie and Stanley waterproof shoes are windproof and 100% waterproof so your feet will stay warm and dry.

6. If you’re wearing boots or wellies, why not warm them up with a pair of our Luxury CosyCushion™ Sheepskin Insoles.

Luxury CosyCushion Sheepskin Insoles

7. If you’re aching from standing in the cold, run yourself a warm bath when you get home and add some drops of Pure Lavender Oil to help relax your muscles.