There has been a lot of discussion on social media today about whether this year’s Bridgwater Carnival has been cancelled, or if it will be continuing as planned.

We felt that the best way to find out, was to contact Dave Stokes, the publicity director of the Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, and he told us the following.

“As event organisers, we are closely monitoring the rapidly changing Coronavirus situation in the UK and we will continue to follow Government guidance and advice. We are also in the process of reviewing the impact of this year’s activities, and we will continue to work with our carnival clubs, our walking entries and the Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnivals Association during the coming days and weeks to make sure we do the right thing.”

“Once we have finished this comprehensive review, we will make an announcement about our 2020 carnival activities. This announcement is expected within the next 7 days, and we ask you to bear with us while we complete this review.”

“The carnival community has already introduced a number of proactive measures to reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus, some of which include:

  • Cancelling face to face committee meetings until further notice
  • Cancelling fundraising events
  • Cancelling the 2020 Old Folks Show which was due to take place at the end of March
  • Postponement of the 2020 Carnival Concerts front of curtain act auditions

These are extraordinary and unprecedented times, and our thoughts are very much with those who have been affected and impacted by Coronavirus.”

At Bridgwater Magazine, we are happy to support the carnival and to let you know what is happening, but will not report on anything until we have heard from Dave Stokes.


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