In order for us to hold the procession we must close the roads to ensure the safety of those participating as well as those who come to see the spectacular sights.
We are granted closure orders by the local authorities in order to stage our carnival and publish notices for residents affected in the local newsletter delivered free to all premises in the Town.
The A38 has a contraflow put in place on the Friday evening from about 20:00 onwards between Thurloxton Fruit Farm and the Shearston turning (usually a dual carriageway), for the overnight storage of the participant’s magnificent mounted creations.
We also are allowed to close Moon Lane (except for access for the residents) to safely store some of the smaller spectacular floats.
The main road closures on the A38 are put in place at 1730 hours on the Saturday evening and will remain in place until it is safe to re open the route, probably by 2300 most will have been lifted, but please be patient if the route you wish to use is still closed, it’s for the safety of all concerned, including you. Following the issues at our last Carnival in 2022, there will be NO ACCESS beyond the Huntworth Roundabout for parking at the Sedgemoor Auction / Market Centre once the roundabout is closed. Alternative parking areas on Huntworth Business Park will be signed.
So the A38 between Walford Cross and Huntworth Roundabout is closed at 1730 to enable the procession formation to progress safely through the Town.
The main dispersal area on the A38 between the Huntworth roundabout and the Showground roundabout closes at about 20:00 on the Saturday evening and is often the last stretch of road to re-open usually between 2300 and midnight. The walking entry dispersal area is on Wilstock Way up to the Widgeon Road junction and this will close at 1730 on the Saturday evening.
We try and update our Twitter and Facebook pages with actual conditions and updates over the course of carnival day and during/after the procession.
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Carnival is one of the Town’s traditional events, please enjoy the spectacle and please work with the marshals to ensure that we have a safe event which we can hold for many more years to come.