Frequently asked questions

How do I find out what’s happening during wells carnival week?

A draft programme is normally available to view on our website from around the end of April and the full programme from around the end of June.

Where can I park when visiting Wells?

Parking is always at a premium in Wells during the summer months so we request that everyone parks considerately. There are a number of carparks in the town – for a map and further details click here:

Is there a bank in Wells?

Wells no longer has a bank however further detail on ATM’s etc in the town can be found on the following link:

Who do I contact to be considered for a stall pitch?

Details on stall availability is normally published on our website in early January – however if you would like to be added to our database of contacts please email through your details to:

Who do I contact if I would like to be considered to perform at Wells Carnival?

We have numerous requests to perform at Wells Carnival – if you would like to be added to our contact list please email through your details to: along with links to recordings/videos etc

What are the dates for next years Wells carnival?

Dates of future carnivals can be found on the Home page of our website:

What happens to the money raised during Wells Carnival?

Wells Carnival is a not for profit organisation. Sponsorship, donations, pitch fees, raffles and sales from the Carnival Crew tea tent and merchandise tent goes directly towards funding Wells Carnival. We endeavour to keep all the events either free of charge or to cover costs ensuring it is affordable for all. Monies collected during the Carnival Parade, on Carnival Day, are ‘topped up’ through Carnival funds and distributed between charitable groups based in Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 at our AGM in October.

How can I donate towards carnival costs? 

Full details on how to donate can be found on our home page of our website

How can I contribute/sponsor/donate to Wells Carnival?

Details can be found on our website: alternatively contact us at:

I would like to get involved/help at Wells Carnival. How do I become a Crew member OR ‘Friend’ of Wells Carnival?

email us at: and we will be in touch

What time does the live music event end?

The Events held on the Buttlands finish by 11pm at the latest. Events held in the Carnival Marquee in Clubbs Lane finish by 10.30pm

How do we enter/register for the parade?

Only lorries/cars/trailers etc need register for the parade. Details and a registration form can be found on our website: or in the carnival programme. Pedestrians/bikes/mobility scooters etc do not need to register. If you would like to take part in the fancy dress competition please ensure you are on the Buttlands by 2pm on Carnival Day (parade floats must arrive prior to 1.30pm) and listen for your category to be called. Further details on the above link or in the programme.

Where is The Gordon Barrett Memorial Hall and the Carnival Marquee?

Both are situated in Clubbs Lane in Wells, to the North of the Buttands – a map can be found in our carnival programme and also on our website:

Where are the nearest toilets?

Wells Carnival provides numerous portaloos for use at the evening events – these can be found on the area to the North of the Buttlands and also at The Gordon Barrett Hall. We request that the District Council extend the opening hours of the public toilets to 10pm, but this may not always occur – details on where to find Public toilets can be found on our website Portaloos will be locked at the end of the evening events for security purposes.

Are all events tailored for disabled access?

The majority of our events are held outside on grass or in a marquee. We provide disabled toilet facilities outside the Gordon Barrett hall and from late summer 2022 there will be a Changing Places facility in the Stearmans Yard car park in recent years a Mobiloo for Carnival Day. As the events are mainly held on grass access may be subject to weather conditions but the Carnival Crew members are always on hand to assist where possible. Disabled parking is very limited near to the events as we have to rely on public carparks and on road parking.

Are dogs allowed?

The Buttlands is a public open space so dogs are welcome – however, we would recommend that they are not brought to the live music events in the evening as the events are extremely busy. We also request that dogs are not allowed into the Carnival Crew Tea Tent or events where food is served, for the comfort of our guests.

Can you accept card payment?

Yes, we now have the facilities to accept card payments for items over £5 on the merchandise stall, Carnival Crew tea tent and at the bar in the marquee

Will events still run if it rains?

We very rarely cancel an event – if it rains we get wet!!!

What route does the parade take?

Details of the parade route can be found in the Carnival programme.

If an event is fully booked can we just turn up on the day?

A few of our events are ‘by ticket only’ as there is a limit to how many people certain venues will hold. We very occasionally receive returns but would suggest you contact our ticket office for further information:

When and where can we buy tickets for the various events?

Tickets will be available through the Wells Maltings ticket office: with the date and time to be published approx 1 month prior to the event on our website & through social media.

Where can I find a carnival programme?

A copy of the carnival programme can be found on our website approx 1 month prior to the event: Alternatively they can be purchased (£1) from various shops and businesses around the town approx 2 weeks in advance. Properties in the NR23 area will receive a copy through their doors prior to the event.