Get set for Taunton Carnival

Get set for Taunton Carnival

Taunton Carnival is set to proceed this Saturday (Oct 21st) after a committee meeting had to take place following an incident during the Chard procession.

The fun starts in the High Street at 10am with historic vehicle and Harley Davidson motorcycle displays. There’s also children’s rides and a tombola.

You can buy your Quality Carnival Merchandise from the Official Stand – ‘light-ups’ and toys for all!

Take part in the Mask & Hat Competition at the Museum of Somerset. Children can make masks and hats in the Museum on Castle Green from 10.30am. All equipment provided. Gather together at 2.00pm when the Mayor will select the winning items.


The Procession gets off to a thunderous start on Saturday with a cavalcade of Harly Davidson motorcycles leaving Tangier way at 7pm. Last year’s class-winning Ilminster Majorettes will be at the head of the Annual illuminated Procession following on.

More than 70 items will wend their way along the route from Tangier Way and Wood Street out into Bridge Street over The Bridge and up North Street, then along fore Street and East Street before heading down over East Reach to the finish at Chritchard Way.

This year their charity partner is Love Musgrove.


Castle Street will be closed to traffic between the entrance to Tangier and Castle Street car parks as will Tangier Way down to the junction with Wood Street from 2.00pm to allow all the entries to assemble and get ready for the evening’s show. Access to Tesco and Lidl will not be affected, but Enfield car park will be closed all day.

The town centre will be closed at 6.30pm so the Procession Route can be cleared of traffic before the crowds move in to line the pavements.

Through traffic is directed away from the centre to keep it moving and to keep a clear access to Musgrove Park Hospital. The official east-west diversion is Obridge Viaduct, Priorswood Road, Greenway Road, Staplegrove Road, Silk Mills Road and Wellington Road.

Images courtesy of Taunton Carnival

No vehicles will be able to leave Wood Street, Yarde Place, Haydon Road or Victoria Gate on to the route whilst the Procession is taking place, between 6.30pm and around 9pm. There will be an alternative route out of the Wood Street area via Cleveland Street and French Weir Recreation Ground.

Get set for Taunton Carnival
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