On the surface, Bridgwater may seem like a quiet town nestling on the banks of the River Parrett in Somerset. However, its history dates as far back as an entry in the Doomsday Book. During the 15th Century it was a major shipping port in the West Country and today is still thriving as an industrial town with many new features and businesses developing in the area.
By far the most famous aspect of Bridgwater is its annual autumn Illuminated Carnival dating back to the 1860's! The vastness and seriousness of this carnival cannot be stressed enough and truly has to be seen to be believed. Work on the floats takes place all year round and the festivities commence at the beginning of October with a Carnival Concert at the town hall running for two weeks. The procession lights up the town in early November with proceeds from the collection going to local charities. A truly magical event!
Never fear, if you can't get to the Carnival, there is still much to do during the rest of the year. There is an abundance of eateries whether you require a posh meal in a fancy restaurant or a traditional pub lunch there are many fine places in which to dine. Why not finish off your evening in a pub sampling some of the local bands that this town boasts or taking part in a traditional game of skittles, there is truly something to cater for all tastes.
By day, Bridgwater makes the perfect base for a shopping spree to nearby towns such as Taunton, Weston and Street. Alternatively, a trip to the picturesque Quantock Hills is recommended for a picnic surrounded by impressive scenery and wildlife.
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