A spectacular, yet underrated event, the West Country Carnivals are a sight to behold. The carnival parade takes a year to plan, create and choreograph; expect dancing, music, lights and exceptional floats pulled, in true West Country style, by tractors. This masterpiece then tours a selection of towns from August to November; offering several nights of carnival-fuelled fun. It’s a wonderful community occasion where people turn out from near and far to watch the floats pass by. A night for friends, old and new, this event brings people together and is a chance to see the West Country at it’s finest.
1. It’s heaps of fun
A simple reason, but a good reason nonetheless. Whichever carnival you choose we’re certain you’ll have a good night; pick your favourite float and enjoy the impressive display of lights, dancing and marching. For a good view get there early and pick a prime spot on the curb. There will be food and drink available, or bring your own. As the evening cools you may be thankful for a wooly hat and a hot toddy.
2.It can count as a good deed
The purpose of these carnivals is to rise money for local charities. The show is put on my volunteers who work tirelessly in their free-time throughout the year to craft the floats and choreograph the routines. On the night there are are money collection charts which spectators throw spare change at. This money goest towards the charities with thousands of pounds being raised; it adds a feel good factor to your night.
3. The rest of the West Country is beautiful at this time of year
Although visiting the West Country just to see the carnivals wouldn’t be a bad idea, what makes it even better is that Autumn is a wonderful time for exploring this part of the UK. With the trees showing off their bright, golden colours, it’s an idyllic time to crunch though the leaves and appreciate the countryside in one of its most beautiful moments. With apples aplenty, enjoy the local cider and scrumpy or maybe go foraging for blackberries in the hedgerows.
4. It’s a community
One of the beautiful things about the carnivals is that they bring people together. Not only through the clubs that help put the show on the road, but the nights themselves are made up of gatherings of old friends and the chance to make new ones. The atmosphere is a joyous friendly one, so whether you’re an old hat or new to the show you will find a welcoming community to enjoy the night with.