IT'S now only two more sleeps until the Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Carnival procession returns to illuminate the streets of West Somerset on Monday November 6 at 7:30pm.

Last year, Gremlins Carnival Club won in several classes including Best Entry in Procession, Most Outstanding Costumes and Best Feature Entry.

The Bridgwater-based club wowed the crowds and judges with their ‘Feast of Fools’ cart, which also won four cups at Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival.

Ahead of the event's second return since 2019, here is everything you need to know for Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Carnival 2023.


There are four official car parks for this year's carnival. 

All open at 3pm, and users are suggested to pay a £5 donation in return.

  • Old Station Approach TA8 1PH
  • B&M TA8 1PT
  • Apex TA8 1NQ
  • Oxford Street TA8 1EL

Road closures

The following roads will be closed from 4pm on Monday November 6 until 1am on Tuesday November 7:

  • Love Lane
  • Manor Road
  • Victoria Street 
  • High Street
  • Pier Street
  • Old Station Approach
  • Marine Drive
  • Oxford Street

Procession Route

The carnival procession will take place along the following roads (in order):

Tesco roundabout, Love Lane, Manor Road, Victoria Street, High Street, Marine Drive, Burnham Holiday Village on Marine Drive (finish).

As the procession approaches Marine Drive, clubs will be reducing the music volume on their carts by 50% in respect of the missing man who was last seen in the water after attempting to save a woman and her dog last weekend.

Fireworks Display

Although the fireworks display traditionally takes place on the preceding Sunday to the Carnival Procession, this year's display has been postponed, again out respect for the heroic man who is currently missing in the area.

Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Town Council are working to reschedule the display, although an official date has not yet been announced.