August 2017











June 2017

2017 Carnival – Entry Forms

This year’s Procession will be on Saturday 21st October.

We have moved into the electronic age with our Entry Form to save everyone printing them off, filling them in and posting them back.

The South Somerset Federation of Carnivals (Wellington, Ilminster, Chard and Taunton) is using the same entry form for all four Carnivals so if you want to enter more than one you need only provide us with the information once – providing you tick the right box!

Go to Entry Form


January 2017

Miss Taunton 2017

Miss Taunton 2017


Eloise Gould is the new Miss Taunton 2017, the Carnival Queen.

SW Regional Manager for , Eloise was selected from three finalists at the Committee’s Annual Charity Presentation Evening last Friday (20 January). The unsuccessful finalists were Emily Adams and Alexis Staple.

Eloise will lead the Carnival Procession in October, represent Taunton at other Carnivals on the South Somerset Federation Circuit and be involved with the Taunton Marathon & Half Marathon in April and the Taunton 10k in September.

To go with the title Eloise won £200 in cash, hair styled by Toni & Guy, a manicure by Donna Jewell, Nail Technician and a dress especially for Carnival Night, made and donated by ‘And Sew To Knit’.

The event was kindly hosted by Somerset County Cricket Club in the Atkinson Pavilion.



November 2016

Miss Taunton 2017

We have begun our search for Miss Taunton 2017, the Carnival Queen.  We are looking for entrants who are between 16 & 30 years of age and live, work or are in full time education in the Taunton Deane area. An ability to converse with people in a variety of different situations and an interest in promoting Taunton and Taunton Carnival would be an advantage.

The  chosen contestant will lead the Carnival Procession, represent Taunton at other Carnivals on the circuit and take part in events organised by the Committee.  Prizes include £200 in cash, hair styled by Toni & Guy, a manicure by Donna Jewell, Nail Technician and a dress especially for Carnival Night, made and donated by ‘And Sew To Knit’.

The final will be held at Somerset County Cricket Ground on Friday 20 January 2017. Closing date for entries is Friday 9 January 2017

Click to download the Entry Form and Rules of Entry


October 2016

Taunton Carnival 2016

Saturday Daytime

Carnival Day starts on Castle Green and Goodland Gardens at 10am with historic vehicle and motorcycle displays, musical performances from the Tone Valley Jazz Band and Stevie Nichol Brown, children’s inflatables, face painting and other stalls.

Come and buy your Quality Carnival Merchandise from our Official Stand in Goodland Gardens – ‘light-ups’ and balloons for all! Buy from us and keep the money local.

Take part in our Animal Mask Competition. Children can make masks in the Museum of Somerset from 10.30am. All equipment provided. Gather together at 2.00pm when the Mayor will select the winning masks. Everyone then parades in to Castle Green for the presentation.


Saturday Evening

The Procession gets off to a thunderous start on Saturday with a cavalcade of Harly Davidson motorcycles leaving Tangier way at 7pm. The Bristol-based Batala Samba Band will be at the head of the Annual illuminated Procession following on.

Ahead of them will be the Official Sellers for our own merchandise. Please buy from them rather than other sellers who aren’t from around here and who do not give any of their proceeds to Carnival or to local charities.

More than 80 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.

Our main charity is Stand Against Violence who are celebrating their 10th year.

Download the Carnival Route Plan here
Download the Procession List here



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. Two diversions keep traffic moving around the outside – from the east along Bridgwater Road, Ilminster Road and Chestnut Drive; and from the west using Park Street, The Crescent, Mary Street, South Road and Chestnut Drive or Silk Mills Road, Greenway Road and Priorswood Road.

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.


September 2016

Taunton Carnival Princess 2016

Taunton Carnival Princess 2016/17After a nail-biting evening for all the young contestants Elsa Whitworth was chosen to be the 2016 Taunton carnival Princess.
Judges Taunton Deane Mayor Cllr Vivienne Stock-Williams, Verity Powell form Tone FM, Miss Taunton Carley Chapman and Carnival Chairman Marilyn House deliberated long and hard after interviewing nine entrants.
Charlotte McGurk and Mya Goodman were selected as runners-up.




August 2016

Taunton Carnival 2016

Entry forms for this year’s Procession are now available to download.

For more details see our Taunton Carnival Procession page


July 2016

Carnival Princess Competition 2016

We have started the search for this year’s Carnival Princess.

For more details see our Taunton Carnival Princess page


January 2016

Charity Presentation

We have presented just over £9000 to our four charities and other local organisations! This is the sum raised from our main events, the Carnival, the Marathon & Half Marathon and the 10k.

The main beneficiaries from the Carnival are Taunton Association for the Homeless, Guide Dogs for the Blind and Hope for Tomorrow. Mind are the nominated charity from the Marathon. They received the money at our Presentation Evening in January in front of many of our helpers and supporters.

Our Chairman, Marilyn House, reported on another successful year and thanked all those who had helped us in any way, financially, in kind or just by ‘being there’.

Charity Presentation 2016

Charity Presentation 2



October 2015

Taunton Carnival, Saturday 17th

Thank you to everyone for making the Carnival night such a success. Download a full set of results here.


The Taunton Carnival takes to the streets this weekend. Historic Vehicles, Harley Davidsons, live music, children’s rides on Castle Green during the day. The Procession starts from Tangier Way at 7pm and travels up through the town centre to the finish at the bottom of East Reach.

For more details and a Procession list see our Taunton Carnival 2015 page


September 2015

Taunton Carnival Princess 2015

Levy Miller was chosen as this years Taunton Carnival Princess at Mr Miles Tea Room in Taunton on Monday 14th September.


Miss Taunton 2015, The Carnival Queen

Carley Chapman was crowned Carnival Queen at the competition final at Miles at The Riverside


July 2015

Taunton Carnival Princess 2015
We have started the search for this year’s Carnival Princess
For more details please see our Taunton Carnival Princess page


May 2015

Miss Taunton 2015, The Carnival Queen

The search is on for Miss Taunton 2015, The Carnival Queen.

For more details please visit our Miss Taunton 2015 page


April 2015

New Taunton Carnival Website Launched