Have you ever heard of Weston-Super-Mare’s Carnival? I hadn’t. But after some of my family went last year and came back raving about it, I know I’d have to go to the next one. Fast forward a year and I’m very glad that I tagged along!
Together with my Mum, Gran and Auntie Lesley, we jumped in the car shortly after 1pm and set off for the seaside. After a pleasant drive, we arrived to the Blakeney Guesthouse an hour later and after checking in, headed out in search of some food.
I have only been to Weston-Super-Mare once before that I can remember, but it was great to visit again! After a short stroll in to the town, we stopped at a the Old English Restaurant for an early dinner. We all opted for a quintessentially British dish of Steak and Kidney Pie and chips. The chips were to die for!
Once suitably full, we went in search of our standing spot for the parade. A little tip if you’re ever going, make sure you wrap up warm. We ended up in so many layers that we were practically waddling and it still got nippy! Though I don’t think the constant rain helped matters! Luckily, we bought a Thermos of hot chocolate and some Baileys to keep us going.
Also be sure to arrive early to grab a decent spot, it gets very busy very quickly!
Despite the cold and wet, the wait for the Carnival parade was worth it. I have never seen anything like it! Multicoloured floats, that were covered from top to toe in lights, passed us and some of the designs were incredible!
My favourite was definitely this one. Just look at that detailing!
Vehicle after vehicle rolled past us, each one just as bright and wonderful as the previous.
As well as the large floats, there were also smaller ones or people on foot. Every thing that went by had clearly put enormous amounts of time and energy in to their costumes and floats. It was brilliant.
We stood in awe as the parade rolled by and sang along to every song we recognised. There was even a ‘Beauty and the Beast‘ float – my all-time favourite film! The whole event felt special and the atmosphere was fantastic.
After the last Carnival float went by, we trundled off back to the B&B to dry and enjoy our excited buzz a little longer with more Baileys. Once the drinks had gone, we headed to our rooms to crash out on the comfy beds.
The next morning was welcomed with a delicious, cooked breakfast! Afterwards, we packed up the car and went for a drive along the seafront. Unfortunately, the rain hadn’t eased in the night and view across the sea was restricted.
However, the brisk sea air, squawking Gulls and smell of salt and seaweed took me right back to when visiting the beach as a child. We also stopped to look at the old and derelict pier, which was fascinating to see!
It was a brilliant night away and most of all, I got to spend some time with my lovely family and nothing beats that.