About Carnival

Programme

A full programme of events is available to view approx 4 weeks prior to the Carnival Week – but it is worth checking regularly, from May onwards, as information is added on a weekly basis, as and when events are confirmed.
During the parade, on Carnival Day itself, there is a bucket collection (authorised buckets are clearly marked). This money is divided, through grants,  among local charities and organisations at our AGM held in October.
Dressing up is 100% encouraged – in fact the more outrageous and flamboyant the better. We have themes running throughout the week so check the programme of events for more information.
Our Carnival photographer, Cy, will attend the majority of events throughout the week.

Funding

The majority of events throughout the 10 days are either free or of minimal charge to offset some of the costs.
The ‘Crew’ relies on sponsorship, advertising and bucket collections throughout the week to cover the cost of putting on all the events – so if you come along to join in the fun please make sure you put a few quid in the collection buckets. If you can’t find a bucket you can always leave a donation at the Wells Carnival merchandise tent. or you can donate from this web site with your credit or Debit card securely using the Paypal Payments gateway.

Carnival Sponsorship

A major part of the Carnival’s success is the unstinting and continued support of not only the Wells people and businesses, but also from our visitors from further afield.
To make a success of Carnival requires extensive sponsorship and fund raising so that as many people as possible are catered for and to ensure that we offer a great week’s entertainment. We would like to ask that everyone considers sponsoring, even if it’s just a small part of the week long event.
For anyone wishing to advertise in our programme or would like more information on sponsoring individual events please contact us or visit our Get Involved page. For our latest sponsors click here .
We are finding it more expensive than ever to put on a good show and we hope that everyone who takes advantage of the free events on offer will pop a few pounds in the collection buckets to ensure we can repeat the event in the years to come. The committee are all volunteers, don’t receive a penny for the 1000’s of hours spent organising and running Wells Carnival but can only carry on if you ALL support our efforts.

Royalty

Traditionally Carnival Royalty comprises a king and/or queen, two senior attendants and 4 junior attendants.
Information on how to apply to be King, queen or a senior attendant will be available in March/April – applicants should either live, work or study in Wells or the surrounding area. Carnival Queen/King applicants must be aged 17 + and Senior Attendants aged 12-16