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Carnivals and Some of the Free Entry places in the UK and Northern Ireland
that you can visit without paying for a ticket – all you need is the
Carnivals and Free Entry - Attractions, Heritage Sites, Events,
Museums, Galleries. Listed by county.
About UK Carnival
References to Carnival appear as early as the late 1850's
Carnivals are Free street entertainment - usually, these days, with a street
collection in support of local, regional and national charities. There
are usually programme's on sale about the procession - full of information
about the participating Carnival Clubs' history.
Many UK Carnivals are twinned with other local, national or international
Carnival committees and take part in each others Carnival events.
Carnival processions can be over 2 miles or 3.2km long and take over two
hours pass by a given point on the route.
Carnival floats or Carts can be up to a 100 feet or 30mtrs long, around
11 feet or 3.3mtrs wide and around 17 ft 6 inches or 5.25mtrs high
and using up to 25,000 light bulbs. The carts are usually constructed
and decorated in strict secrecy with their themes varying from fairy
tale tableaus etc followed by all singing and dancing troupes and
Carnivals generally take place from the beginning of lent right through
the year - Somerset towns like Bridgwater, Glastonbury and Wells hold
their Carnivals during the first two weeks of Nov each year -
combining them with Guy Fawkes, Bonfire and fireworks celebrations.
Bridgwater Carnival is claimed to be the largest illuminated winter carnival
in the world.
The only time that UK Carnival has been halted since they started was during
the two world wars.
Below this line, in the grey area, we are adding alternative days out to
the Free listings that DoFreeStuff is renowned for. This is to help you plan
your family days out. The events listed below make a charge for admission!
Map of the counties of England CLICK HERE
Map of the Regions of Scotland CLICK HERE
Map of the Regions of Wales CLICK HERE
Map of the counties of N Ireland CLICK HERE
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