Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)


 The difficult decision was taken following discussions between the towns, entrants and authorities regarding the ever changing Coronavirus threat in the UK. 

Bridgwater, Highbridge and Burnham on Sea, Weston Super Mare, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Wells and Glastonbury all form part of the Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnivals Association (SCGFCA). All of the towns unanimously agreed that safety and public health has to be the number one priority, and during such uncertain and unprecedented times this was the right thing to do and the only sensible way forward. 

Please see the New Carnival dates for 2021


Shambles CC is based in Shepton Mallet, Somerset. We take part in the Somerset November Illuminated Guy Fawkes Carnivals, which parade around the streets of Bridgwater, Burnham, Weston Super Mare, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Wells, and finally Glastonbury. We also enter the Midsomer Norton Carnival.

Many people ask, “why do we call our carnival floats, carts.” That is because these Somerset attractions were originally built on hay carts and pulled by horses.

As well as the obvious, needing people to dance on the cart, building and fund raising is a very important part of the club, so any one with artistic, model making, painting, electrical, metal and wood working skills are more than welcome. Please do not let this put you off as tea making and clearing up behind some of those messy workers is also a very important job, and most of all the fund raising, so if you would enjoy putting any of these skills into action, come and join us, we are a friendly bunch and work as a team to build a fantastic cart.

For those who do not know much about us, since 1987  Shambles  CC have always entered carnival with a tableau cart, but 2015 bought us new success as a feature club, so all singing and dancing now. This has enticed more membership of all ages, and the club is still growing.

So come and see what we are about, new members are always welcome.


Due to Social distancing and government rules, no more than 6 members to be building at the shed at one time, please put a note on our facebook page if you are going to shed on a building day, and if you change your mind please let all know on facebook again, so another can take their place.

Contact, building & meetings Info

We meet and build on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, also daytime Saturday. Committee Meetings (Cancelled due to COVID 19) usually the first Sunday in the month at The Thatch Cottage, Shepton Mallet (winter) or at our Shambles shed (summer), Shepton Mallet  at 7.00 pm. Minimum age 19 unless accompanied by an adult. For any more information please contact Chairman: Scott Witcombe 07967722880
Secretary: Angela Davis  07810258047
Treasurer: John Davis 01749899279


 Shepton Carnival App!

Shepton Mallet Carnival now has a Carnival App – which can be used to donate, look up the  Carnival procession entries, check out the route  and also to vote for your favourite  entry. The winner of the App vote will be awarded  “The People’s Choice trophy ”