A crowd of up to 35,000 people is expected to line the streets of Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Monday November 10th) for the town’s annual carnival.

With weather forecasters predicting light showers and temperatures of six degrees Centigrade, spectators are being advised to wear warm, waterproof clothing.

A total of 94 colourful entries will wend their through the town, starting at 7.30pm near the town’s Tesco supermarket, before moving along Love Lane, Manor Road, and the High Street and finishing in Marine Drive.

This year’s Carnival Queen Tara Moxey, 17, from Highbridge, and her princesses, Burnham girls Katie Lawson, 10, and Cali Rae Brown, 7, pictured, will lead the procession, closely followed by a special float carrying Burnham’s Olympic BMX rider Liam Phillips and Paralympic swimmer Anthony Stephens.

Local emergency services, including West Country Ambulance, St John Ambulance, BARB and HM Coastguard, will also be near the front of the procession.

Among the local entries will be Hillview JCC with its Jesters Parade carnival float, (pictured at the top of this page), which was first featured here last month and has already scooped third places in its class at Bridgwater last Friday and North Petherton on Saturday.

Full details of the route, plus car parking, and road closures appear here on Burnham-On-Sea.com’s complete carnival guide.

Malcolm Borland, President of the Carnival Association, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “Everything is going to plan so far and we’re delighted that there is a good long list of entries again this year.”

“Everyone’s looking forward to this year’s event and the excitement is building.”

The build-up to the 61st annual Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival began on Sunday (November 9th) when Burnham’s seafront fireworks display took place. Click here for a full photo round-up.

A long snake of floats gathered along Queen’s Drive (pictured) and The Frank Foley Parkway in the early hours of Sunday as the crews behind each float prepare for tonight’s big parade in Burnham.


Full guide to the 2008 Burnham-On-Sea Carnival