Bridgwater’s Quayside Festival to be a town-wide street celebration of carnival and circus

Horace the Pliosaur, a giant 35-foot long sea creature will be based at Blake Museum

Bridgwater’s Quayside Festival is a free outdoor summer festival which celebrates the town and its links to carnival and circus — celebrating 250 years of the big top in Britain in this key West Country centre for show people.

The Quayside Festival is all about celebrating Bridgwater and brings together a huge array of talent – from local musicians to crafters, street theatre and circus activities.

Staged and coordinated by Fuse Performance, an exciting day of live music, arts, sport, circus, workshops is planned. There will also be a wide variety of food and drink to try in stalls, cafés and restaurants.

The Quayside Festival will be held on Saturday, July 21 from 11am until 5pm and will run throughout the the centre of Bridgwater.

Stalls and performances will be located at Blake Gardens, Blake Museum, Blake Statue, West Quay, East Over, New Road, Fore Street, Bridgwater Arts Centre and Angel Place and Walkabout acts, such as The Living Statues, Mermaid, Long Tall stilt walkers and Floral Living statues, will be scattered through the town centre.

Visitors can expect to see live music, aerial circus shows, puppet shows, or take part in medieval games, archery or arts activities at Blake Gardens.

Shoppers can listen to jazz and street bands and sample some street theatre in Angel Place or enjoy cafes, bar and music on West Quay.

Organisers will create a festival area on New Road where residents can enjoy songs, activities and sample some tasty traditional Portuguese food by Cafe Aveirense and delicious Greek food from the Acropolis.

Horace the Pliosaur, a giant, 35-foot long sea creature at Blake Museum and a children’s parade of fish and sea creatures will also take place from 1pm, starting from the Bridgwater Arts Centre and ending in the centre of town.

According to the organisers, traffic will still be able to move freely down Queen Street and Castle Street, exiting via West Quay Close.

Motorists can choose from parking at Dampiet Street, Market Street or the east and west sections of Mount Street car park.

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