Bridgewater Carnival

Bridgewater carnival is the largest of a number of lightshow carnivals that happen in Somerset to celebrate Guy Fawkes ,so most are in November though there are a few smaller ones in Sept/Oct. This spectacle is something that has to be seen to be believed and well worth the trip .

I first came across this carnival through a small motorhome forum website i was using when i first started my motorhoming in 2006. The forum owner Dave Bess had organised a meet in Bridgewater staying in the car park of a local sunday school with use of the hall for the weekend. We set off on the long journey from the north down to Somerset on a cold November day but arrived in Bridgewater to a warm welcome from mine hosts and a few other noted motorhome people ,Dave Newell (Diamond Dave ) ,wife and dog,Supertractorman, Bertie (alan) Bassett ,Mike who was to become  Motorhomevalet there were a few others who i cannot name but have added a pic so if you were there i'm sorry i cannot remember all the names. One couple who did pay a visit had just returned from fulltiming in Europe and had just written a book on the subject Chris and Meli and the book Go-Motorhoming (i still have a copy) and they went on to form Vicarious books and produce all the European aires books amongst others.

The carnival route was just quarter of a mile from where we were parked so we went up about 7pm for the 7.30 start. What we didnt realise was one how cold it was (and we were not prepared for this ) and the 3 hours that the procession takes to pass. About 9pm we decided we would go back to the van for a brew as we were that cold we were frozen to the spot . That was all we saw of the carnival as we didnt return and missed the famous squibbing. We had a very enjoyable weekend in Bridgewater and some good company in the church hall with a hotpot cooked for us by Jacquie Newell . This trip set the precedent for what was to become a regular trip down to Somerset for the carnival.After the trip in 2006 we were better prepared for the weather and 2007 i also took my sister with us (she was amazed) and as there was no meet on we ended up on the car park at B&Q and with a donation to the charity it was an ideal location as the carnival route was right in front .We also managed to see the squibbing which happens in the town centre after the carnival has finished. The next couple of years i went on my own (as my marriage had broken down) and still enjoyed the spectacle and also a tour of the area. The last year i went (with a girlfriend) 2010 the weather was again unkind with torrential rain but still enjoyed it and also visited Glastonbury and Wells on the way back. One thing that did amaze me was the rivalry between the different groups that provide the floats and the fact that they were built from scratch every year and also the amount of money that was raised for the local charities. There are lots of places to park motorhome wise and so long as you contribute when the charity collectors come round the supermarkets and the likes of B&Q have no objection to you stopping .