Burnham-On-Sea Grand Costume Parade

The line-up of performers has been announced for next Monday’s walking Masquerade Parade through Burnham-On-Sea, which will replace the usual carnival procession due to the pandemic.

The walking parade of performers will take place through Burnham-On-Sea on Monday November 8th, starting at 7pm. There will not be the normal illuminated carnival carts.

The event’s Chairman, Phil New, pictured below with a programme, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “Instead of waiting another 12 months, our committee is joining forces with Bridgwater to stage a ‘Carnivalites in costume’ street masquerade – rather different to the traditional carts we are all used to seeing.”

Phil New Chairman of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Carnival

“Over 30 groups from the area are taking part. We have all had enough of the ‘doom and gloom’ so now is the time to bring back a bit of normality and give everyone a carnival event to enjoy!”

The line-up will include walking entries from these Carnival Clubs:  A&A, British Flag, Cavaliers, Centurion, Crusaders, Dynamite, Eclipse, Gremlins, Griffens, Harlequin, Hillview, Kai Newbury of Chard, Lime Kiln, Make You Laugh, Mardons, Marina Sydenham, Marketers, Newmarket, Pentathlon, Ramblers, Renegades, Spirit, Tizzy’s, Vagabonds, Westonzoyland and Wilfs. There will also be local groups from the Burnham area taking part as well.

The line-up of over 30 groups has been unveiled in the event’s programme, which is on sale at £1 from local shops including GW Hurleys, Burnham tourist information centre, Superchips, Toycupboard, Co-Op Morlands and Highbridge Caravans.

Burnham-On-Sea Grand Costume Parade

The event will be part of the Sedgemoor Masquerade Week. which replaces the traditional illuminated carnival processions which have been cancelled for a second year.

Route of the Burnham-On-Sea walking parade

The Parade will start at 7pm at Burnham’s Haven Holiday Village in Marine Drive and will go along Marine Drive towards Highbridge past the Lighthouse Inn, up to the Esso Garage in Burnham Rd near Apex Park, then left at the Roundabout, along Burnham Road past the Police Station, along Highbridge Road past the Lighthouse Inn and Catholic round church, then left into Abingdon St, up to the town, then left and down Old Station Approach back to the Haven Holiday Village.

Phil New adds: “I am really looking forward to the week of activities, and now is the time to bring back a bit of normality to Sedgemoor.”

“In Burnham, we will dedicate this year’s grand costume parade to all of the key workers who have been on the frontline throughout the pandemic, as well as all of the volunteers who have played a major supporting role.”

What’s on in Sedgemoor Masquerade Week?

Sedgemoor Masquerade Week will feature a number of smaller events in our area:

Sunday 31st October to Thursday 4th November: Variety Show, Bridgwater Town Hall
Presented by Bridgwater Gangs & Features Clubs, Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, and
Bridgwater Town Council. Performances start 3pm on Sunday and then 7pm on Monday to
Thursday. Tickets from the Carnival Centre, or by calling 01278 428220.

Friday 5th November: Bridgwater Firework Display, 7.30pm
St Matthew’s Field. Car parking on the field from 6pm – £5 per car with proceeds to the official carnival charity. A Fun Fair will also be present in St Matthew’s Field.

Saturday 6th November, Bridgwater Town Centre
2.30pm – Street entertainment begins
5.30pm – Grand Costume Parade, followed by simultaneous squibbing display
7pm – 2021 Virtual Carnival titled Through the Decades. The two hour live stream broadcast will feature 100 entries from Bridgwater Carnival processions held over the
past 40 years

Sunday 7th November: Burnham-On-Sea Grand Fireworks Display, 6.30pm
On The Esplanade organised by the Town Council – full details here

Monday 8th November: Burnham-On-Sea Grand Costume Parade, 7pm
A procession through Burnham-On-Sea featuring walking entries.


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