Glastonbury Carnival is on the 16th November, 2019

One of my favourite times of year is Glastonbury Carnival Weekend.  Over 30,000 people descend on our little town for the Grand Finale of the Somerset Carnival Series.  The amazing procession winds its way around the town.   I enjoy watching it on the High Street where the crowds are at their largest.  It is such a fun, friendly atmosphere and there are pubs and cafes to sneak into for drinks and snacks while you watch.

Here is the Carnival route for 2019 (I know it says 2016 but it hasn’t changed at all)

Glastonbury Carnival Route
Glastonbury Carnival Route

The Carnival goes through Wells on the Friday night and Glastonbury on the Saturday night.

On the Friday night the Carnival takes place in Wells.  When they finish there the floats all make their way back along the A39 to park up on the Glastonbury to Wells Bypass.  From up here at Middlewick we can watch the lights all passing by on their way to their resting place for the night.  All day on Saturday they spend the day parked up on the closed road waiting for the Grand Finale.


The Comedy Side of Carnival

This resting place provides the perfect opportunity to view the floats/carts up close.  Of course you don’t get the full effect of the thousands of lights that light up the night sky but you can see all the intricate workings of each float.

With the floats standing still you also get a chance to giggle at the comedy entries.


For more information about the Somerset Carnival Series visit their website.  Somerset Carnivals

If you plan on driving to the Carnival you can park in the Clarks Village Car park but be prepared to take a while to get away from the town as everyone else leaves.   This year there will be parking at Herbies Field a car park at the edge of town off of the A39 bypass road.

From here at Middlewick you can walk down to town so it takes the stress out of trying to drive home.  The walk is good fun through our country lanes with a torch.

To Read about the history of the Carnival, have a look at my previous blog about the Bridgwater Carnival

To see what accommodation we have available for Carnival visit our Cottages page.  Please note that we do have a 2  night minimum stay for Carnival.

Middlewick Holiday Cottages

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