World-famous carnival season gets underway in Somerset

Festival spirit is in the air across Somerset as the county enters Carnival season.

Many consider the Somerset Carnivals the highlight of the year, and one of the most exciting displays of amateur entertainment anywhere in the world.

Every year, brilliantly lit and decorated 'carts' travel from town to town, putting on exciting displays for thousands of delighted crowds.

The processions is part of an ancient tradition, which stretches as far back as the 1600s when parts of Somerset commemorated the Gunpowder plot.

It takes months of planning, fund-raising and building so clubs start working almost immediately after the season ends.

As well as working behind the scenes, many members also double up as characters during the events.

Many members also double up as characters during the events. Credit: ITV News West Country

Where can I see it?

The Wessex Circuit (including Castle Cary, Gillingham, Wincanton) is already underway.

The South Somerset circuit (including Taunton, Chard, Ilminster) begins on Saturday with Wellington and these are bigger than the Wessex ones.

Bridgwater marks the start of the Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnivals - this is the biggest and most prestigious circuit.

Glastonbury, which is the final carnival, also attracts plenty of crowds.

  • Frome - Saturday, September 22th

  • Wellington - Saturday, September 29th

  • Ilminster - Saturday, October 6th

  • Chard - Saturday, October 13th

  • Taunton - Saturday, October 20th

  • Bridgwater - Saturday, November 3rd

  • Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge - Monday, November 5th

  • Weston-super-Mare - Friday, November 9th

  • North Petherton - Saturday, November 10th

  • Midsomer Norton - Monday, November 12th

  • Shepton Mallet - Wednesday, November 14th

  • Wells - Friday November 16th

  • Glastonbury - Saturday, November 17th