Watchet Carnival Parade procession led by the Town Crier

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Dates & Times

The latest info on the Parade date, and start time.

Directions

Detailed directions for those travelling in.

Carnival Parade Entry

Information for those that would like to join the Carnival Parade.

Parade Route

View a map of the Carnival Parade route and destination.

Volunteers

Support the Watchet Community by becoming a Carnival Helper.

Parking

Useful tips on where to park your vehicle when you visit.

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Carnival Parade Date/Time

DATE: Saturday, 27th July 2019 

START: 6:00 p.m.

Let’s have a colourful, exciting, entertaining and wonderful Carnival Parade. We want EVERYONE to take part – locals and visitors. Its free to enter the Carnival Procession; simply fill out the online entry form, the more people participate > the greater the carnival atmosphere, fun and enjoyment.  Success = participation. No Parade Entries = No Carnival Parade and once gone, lost forever.

You can enter the Carnival Procession as an individual, family, friends, neighbours, school, club, community organisation, charity, business/company, traders/pubs/hotels etc. Come on, join in, make it a spectacular community celebration and a fun-tastic weekend.

All welcome to wear fancy dress, not just those in the parade. Spectator participation makes it even better.  

WATCHET CARNIVAL PARADE, FETE & ENTERTAINMENT BRINGS A SENSATIONAL LAST WEEKEND IN JULY.

Group of Watchet Locals dressed as Smurfs for Watchet Carnival

Directions

The town of Watchet lies on the Somerset Coast along the Bristol Channel between Minehead and Bridgwater Bay.

When you visit Watchet to attend the carnival, please take time to look around this ancient port which dates back well over a thousand years. Twice invaded by the Vikings, some say that has given Watchet its feisty spirit!

Watchet

Watchet Carnival

By Road

Watchet is easy to find located 2 miles off the main A39 Bridgwater to Minehead road. Located 18 Miles from Bridgwater, 20 miles from Taunton and 8 miles from Minehead. (If travelling on the A39 from the Bridgwater direction please be cautious and patient on this road as it has many twists and nasty bends to contend with, which through time perhaps we should put the blame on the Romans as they never seemed to have constructed many straight roads in West Somerset when they conquered England – could this have been because of the discovery of Somerset cider.

If travelling from the north leave the M5 at Junction 23 or 24 and follow the signs for Minehead until you reach the town of Williton and follow the signs for Watchet.If travelling from the south leave the M5 at Junction 25 or 26 and follow the signs for Minehead taking the A358 until you reach Williton and follow the signs for Watchet.

By Train

Take the train to Taunton station. You will need to change to either car or bus to make the final leg to Watchet.

Station address: Station Approach, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1QP

By Bus

For those choosing to use public transport, the First Buses No: 28 Bus runs an excellent service from Minehead and Taunton.

If travelling to the Carnival by bus, please take particular note of your last service bus departure time.

By Sea

Tidal access twice a day. Mooring berths available by enquiry to Watchet Harbour Marina.

Watchet has a 250 berth marina, and each year sees visitors attend the Carnival arriving by boat.

Watchet Marina

Carnival Parade Entry

DON’T JUST WATCHET, BE IT!

Let’s give Watchet all the fun, splendour and excitement of a great Big Parade. All you have to do is simply have a creative and fun idea for carnival and complete an entry form. So easy. Carnival Entry forms will be available soon electronically.  If you do have difficulties downloading an entry form please contact us, putting “entry form” in the subject box and we will ensure you receive it.

Entry is free. Everyone is welcome to enter Watchet Carnival and we invite you to be a part of it. 

  or leave the completed form at Pebbles Tavern, Watchet.

Group of elderly Watchet Locals entering the Carnival Parade on their mobility scooters

Watchet Carnival Facebook Page also contains all the info you should need.

Parade Route

WATCHET CARNIVAL PARADE ROUTE 

Watchet Carnival Parade Route will start from Knights Templar School, Liddymore Road, Watchet TA23 0EX

Proceeding from Knights Templar School along Liddymore Road (turning (left) into Flowerdale Road

Continuing along Flowerdale Road (turning right) into South Road

South Road heading into town, crossing over the bridge, into Swain Street

Along Swain Street  (High St) > Market Street 

Finishing at Mineral Yard Car Park (West Pier) 

Please support your carnival so we can keep going, and keep growing!

 

Watchet Carnival Parade Route

Volunteers

HELPERS ALWAYS WANTED!

Remember, the success of Watchet Carnival depends on community input. If you’d like to help, and be a part of the Carnival team, then please contact us, and we’ll get back to you.

If you can spare a few hours to help out at an event, run a stall or sell raffle tickets?

Thank you to everyone that can make this year as successful as last year!

Two happy volunteers at Watchet Carnival

Parking

West Somerset Council is the responsible authority for car parks and parking.

Harbour Road, Car Park (TA23 0ET) is located close to the marina and town centre.  From there you can walk to Watchet Memorial Ground by crossing the pedestrian rail crossing to Goviers Lane (path to Memorial Ground is first left up some steps or continue to the top of Goviers Lane and take the first left signposted Memorial Ground/High Bank).

Market Street Car Park (TA23 0AP) 

Anchor Street Car Park (TA23 0AZ) 

Swain Street Car Park (TA23 0AL) 

West Street Car Park (TA23 0AW)

Watchet Carnival Parking