2021 Carnivals are not yet confirmed
Sadly, the 2020 Carnivals were postponed to 2021, however, this has not yet been confirmed. Although it might seem like a long way off until November, the clubs have not been able to carry out any of their usual fundraising or work on their carnival carts during the Coronavirus crisis. At the present time. we’re not able to tell you if 2021 events will go ahead 🙁
Glastonbury Carnival may play second fiddle to the legendary music festival when it comes to the town’s big annual events, but it’s still a huge draw for visitors and people from the local area.
Taking place each November, Glastonbury Carnival sees a spectacular procession of colour with an array of illuminated carnival floats and amazing costumes. The next Carnival, if it goes ahead will be Sat 2oth Nov 2021.
NB. Pitches and accommodation book up very quickly, so please book early.
The Somerset Carnivals are widely regarded as the largest illuminated processions in the UK and Europe, and here they, are right on our doorstep! And guess what? The carnivals are free! However, please do give generously to the collection floats, which benefit many local charities.
All the action gets underway at around 7.30pm and lasts for about 2.5 hours. It is an amazing spectacle and well worth a visit.
Measuring up to 50ft long, the carnival floats and walking entries are the spectacular results of months of hard work and dedication by the many Somerset carnival clubs. It’s impossible to put into words the magnificence of some of entries. The sheer size, sound and colours fill the streets from pavement to sky. Somerset Carnivals are definitely not just for kids!
Where to eat
Following the success of our Carnival eating options at Abbey Tea Rooms in the past, we hope to be organising the pre-carnival meal again for 2022 (to be confirmed). Choose something yummy from the menu of traditional, home-cooked, 2 course meals with a glass of wine, while you wait for the fun to begin. Meals are seved from 5pm up until 7pm. The main procession reaches Abbey Tea Rooms at around 8pm. Click here for details.
Where to stay
If you’re looking for a place to stay for this year’s Glastonbury Carnival, our touring and glamping park gives you a perfect base to experience these spectacular sights for yourself. We have 88 touring pitches and 12 glamping units. Glastonbury town is just a few minutes away or you could try Wells Carnival (6 miles), Shepton Mallet Carnival (8 miles) or Bridgwater (15 miles). Please note that there is a 2 night minimum stay for this weekend.
Our spacious 88 all-weather pitches are perfect for your caravan, tent, motorhome or camper, plus a variety of glamping accommodation; that coupled with our state of the art shower and toilet block facilities, Middle Oaks, will make Old Oaks the perfect base for your Glastonbury Carnival weekend away.
Getting from The Old Oaks to the carnival
Most routes into Glastonbury town are closed off by 5pm, so it’s important to get into town early if you want a parking space. Following the success of the Carnival Coaches for the past few years, we’ll be organising these again in 2021 (Covid19 permitting) to ferry our guests into town, so that they can really enjoy the carnival atmosphere, have a glass or two of the local tipple and not worry about driving or where to park the car.
Book early for Glastonbury Carnival
It’s worth noting that our pitches fill up quickly for Glastonbury Carnival weekend, with many of our guests booking 12 months in advance. Call us on 01458 831437 or check availability online now. 2 night minimum booking applies.
If you don’t manage to get a pitch for Glastonbury Carnival weekend, you don’t have to miss out as there are plenty of others to choose from, including the biggest, Bridgwater. See the full list here.
Other Somerset Carnivals
If we’re fully booked or you can’t make the Glastonbury date, there are plenty of other carnival dates thoughout October and November, including Wells, Shepton Mallet, Bridgwater, Weston-Super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea. See the list here.