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Wednesday 12th November 2014 Start 7.30 PM

Roads will start closing from 6.45 PM.

The last road to close will be Charlton Cross Roads/Whitstone Road at approx 7.30 pm

All marshals must sign in at the Salvation Army Hall in Commercial Road from 2.00 PM and be at your position by 5.45 PM. If you do not sign in you are not covered by our carnival Accident Insurance.

Route: The carnival will start in front of The Park Medical Practice, Cannards Grave Road. The procession will proceed passing the Cenotaph to Townsend, round the Tesco roundabout to Market Road, at the Anglo roundabout turn right into Commercial Road, continue to Paul Street.(pedestrians will not be permitted to stand and watch the carnival from the traffic lights at the Nat West Bank to Phillips Tyres, the road is too narrow and dangerous. The procession will continue along Charlton Road. At the Charlton Cross Roads they will turn right into Whitstone Road and finish at Number 40 Whitstone Road.

The new designated rest area will be from the pedestrian entrance of Whitstone School in Charlton Road and finish at the main school entrance at the junction of Kyte Road.

Important Information for cart Captains and Road Crew: The procession will start at the entrance to Mendip District Council Offices, and end in Whitstone Road. The dismount area is after the traffic island in Whitstone Road, opposite Webber Road, which is the Tadley Acres entrance. All carts can then return back to where they lined up, ready to move on to Wells. However carts for Midsomer Norton must break down in Whitstone Road beyond Webber Close as instructed by our Marshal there, turn left at the ``Flock Roundabout’’ and proceed to Midsomer Norton via Fosse Lane. (Note Midsomer Norton Floats only)


After the Carnival you will be escorted by the police to Wells. Please do not uncouple in Cannards Grave Road. The only place to uncouple (if you must) is by the nearside of the road before the Ambulance Station, where it is flat and under street lighting. You can then collect your spare tractor(s) and service vehicles from the show ground, and uncouple quickly. The other carts can then pass on the right side and not stop the flow heading to Wells.

Disabled Parking: There are a limited number of disabled parking spaces along the route, where you are able to remain with your car. Please ring Tina Edwards 01749840756 or E-Mail: woodhill.cottage2@yahoo.co.uk to reserve a place.

Disabled Seating: Please ring Rev. G. Dart on 01749 347437 for a seat outside Shepton Mallet Baptist Church if you are disabled, this does not include reserved parking for a car.

Tescos at the Townsend Retail Park has very kindly allowed car parking for The Shepton Mallet Carnival. For conditions please read more here.

Please print your carnival route map here

To stage the carnival costs the carnival committee over £10,000.00 this includes things like Crash Barriers, Insurance, Radios, Road Signs, Printing and prize monies. Besides which every entrant from the largest illuminated float to the smallest walker receives attendance money. All other carnival officials, marshals, judges and collectors are volunteers and are proud to stage such a fantastic show with the help from all the visiting Carnival Clubs and Masqueraders.

The Shepton Mallet Carnival committee takes great care to plan and marshal the route, we want everyone to enjoy the carnival from a safe position, on the pavement is best. There will be fewer collecting floats in an effort to reduce the throwing of coins which is so dangerous, but more collectors and collecting buckets, please help us collect even more money from the street collection. Carnival costs to stage the procession go up every year, so we need your donations - a £2 coin in the bucket would ensure a bumper collection.

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