Welcome to The SHEPTON MALLET Carnival Committee Website
The site where you will find all your questions answered about Shepton Carnival
Make some noise!!! with our
Once again this year the carnival committee are encouraging spectator participation at the carnival, following the success of our ‘Spectacles’ in 2013 and the ‘Clappers’ in 2014.
This year we want you to help make as much noise as possible in appreciation of all the Carts and Masqueraders in the procession by purchasing our ‘Thunder Sticks’
The ‘Thunder Sticks’ come in a pack of 2 and can be easily inflated, they make a great noise when you bang them together. They will be available to buy before and during the procession and are priced at £2.
The difference in buying this novelty item instead of the items from the street sellers is all the proceeds from sales goes directly into the donations pot which is then distributed to local organisations and charities in the Shepton Mallet area.
So if you are looking to buy an item for your children to keep them entertained before the parade reaches you, which can also be used to show appreciation of the fantastic carts and walkers in the parade, then this is the perfect item to buy.
Once again this year the committee are very grateful to our friends from the local charity ‘Time is Precious’ who will provide the team of sellers on the night
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 then on to Burnham on Sea,Weston-Super-Mare, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Wells, and finishing at Glastonbury for dates please see.
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.
Carnival is very competitive and entrants are striving to obtain every mark in order to win the coveted trophies. Judging takes place whilst the procession is on the move and the results are made known after the procession has ended, but all aiming to win the prestigious county cup.
Browse our Web site for more information about the Shepton Mallet Carnival. If you have any questions or would like to speak with a Shepton Mallet Carnival representative, please e-mail us at: email@example.com and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.
Chris and Marcus enjoying Carnival at Weston Super Mare, whatever the weather.