Shepton Mallet Carnival road closure details
Road Closures: Monday, November 11 to Wednesday November 13
Field View and Cannard’s Grave Road
Road closed from 7pm on Monday, November 11 until midnight on the November 13 to enable carnival carts to park.
Parking for vehicles without private drives has been made available at the council offices.
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From 6am on the November 12 to 6pm on November 13, access to properties will be on a one-way system. The direction of travel will be from Cannard’s Grave roundabout to Compton Corner. Access to Tadley Acres will be easier from Whitstone Road and Webber Road.
This road will be closed from 7pm on Monday, November 11, to 1am on Tuesday, November 12.
Access to properties during this period will be on a one-way system with direction of travel from the Charlton traffic lights to the Cannard’s Grave roundabout.
This road is being used to muster the carnival carts on arrival in Shepton Mallet.
This road will then close again from 7.30pm until end of procession on Carnival night.
Carnival Procession Route
The following roads will be closed from 6.45pm on Wednesday, November 13, until the end of procession: Cannards Grave Road, Townsend, Old Market Road, Commercial Road, Paul Street and Charlton Road.
Whitstone Road will close at 7.30pm.
The Rest Route has reverted to its old position between the two sets of school gates at Whitstone School on Charlton Road. This will be signed as normal.
There will be a sterile area from NatWest Bank to the junction of Regal road (approx 50 metres), no spectators will be allowed in this area.
End of Carnival
To leave Shepton Mallet after the procession, marshals will direct traffic to the nearest main road for onward travel. This may mean a small detour for some but it will be the quickest route home while the carnival is still progressing in other areas of the town and the carts are making their way to Wells on the A371, which will be closed until all carts have arrived at the Wells Relief Road (around midnight).
West Shepton (arriving from Wells and Glastonbury direction)
Tesco’s at the Townsend Retail Park has is allowing car parking for the carnival.
From 4.30pm on Wednesday, November 14, the two hour parking limit will be waived. A team of collectors will be at the entrance of Tesco’s for donations from those using the car park.
Road access to Tesco car park from West Shepton only, will remain open until 7pm. Cars will not be allowed to exit until the procession has passed and crowds dispersed. All cars will have to be removed by 10.30pm, when Tesco’s security will have their barriers in place.
Shepton Mallet has two central public car parks: The Old Market Road car park and the Great Ostry car park. Early parking is advised.
East Shepton (arriving from Yeovil, Frome and Bristol direction) including parking for coaches
To avoid the crowds and congestion at the start of the procession, organisers say it is better to park at Dobbies car park, Mendip Avenue, and walk to watch carnival at about 8.15 pm at the Charlton Cross Roads or Whitstone Road.
Dobbies shop and restaurant will remain open till 6pm, but their car park will stay open for coaches and cars until 11pm.
All the other pubs and food bars in the area will remain open the whole evening.
There is a limited amount of space which can be booked in advance to guarantee a good view of the carnival.
To book a disabled parking space call Tina Edwards on 01749 840756. Call Revd Dart on 01749 347437 for a seat outside Shepton Mallet Baptist Church if you are disabled
The public toilets next to the police station will remain open during carnival; Portable toilets are also available at Park Road opposite the cenotaph and on Charlton Road by the telephone box near the leisure centre.
During the procession local charities and groups will make a bucket collection for donations. Proceeds of the collection will be distributed to local charities, clubs and groups.
The carnival costs in excess of £10,000 to stage each year and just £1 from each spectator would give organisers a record collection in 2013.
Souvenir Programmes and Spectacles – these will be on sale in various shops and the Tourist Information Office. They will also be sold during the procession. The programme gives you information of the procession entries and the Spectacles are a great way of showing that you have made a donation towards the carnival and join in the fun