Here you can find all you need to know about the what, where and the when on the carnival day
Frome Carnival Evening Procession Route and Road Closures
The assembly area is located on Manor Road from the Butts roundabout to the junction of Manor Way and Furlong Road (for the transport display). All vehicles must enter the estate via the Sainsbury roundabout (See A to B blue line on the map below). Participants will need to use the Frome by-pass, coming into Frome from the Shepton Mallet roundabout on the B3090. The road will be kept clear with no waiting cones allowing carts to easily muster along the road. Either end of this assembly area is marshalled with two Marshals, and a Lead Marshal managing zone 1. The assembly area itself and entrance within are under the control of the Procession Manager. The assembly area will be in place from 15:00 and maintained for the duration of the event.
Please be in your position on the line-up as soon as possible by 16:00 as VSO inspections will be taking place. Any carnival clubs not in the line-up by 17:00 may not be inspected due to time limitations and unable to participate. Drivers of carts are must be ready to move their vehicles at 18:45. There is a 5 MPH speed limit within Manor Furlong, manor Way and Manor Road.The procession will leave the area at 19:00.
Walking entries should assemble by 18:15. Walking entries are requested not too collect during the procession and to walk in the centre of the road.
The procession will end at Frome Football Club. Vehicles should stop after the football club and as directed by the Procession Manager or Lead Marshal. The carnival will arrive at the dispersal area at approximately 22:30. Carts will turn their lights and audio off and moving parts as soon as the carts have entered the dispersal area. A shuttle bus will operate from 17:00 (dispersal area) to 18:30 and 22:00 to 23:00 taking participants leaving their cars at the dispersal zone back to the assembly area. Cars are parked at the far end of the dispersal area and a long the road side so as not to obstruct emergency traffic.To exit the dispersal area carts/ vehicles once fully broken-down, must continue in the same direction as the parade down the Clink Road turning left towards the A361 Berkeley Roundabout.
Frome Carnival provide an evening procession shuttle bus to help transport participants between the assembly area and the dispersal area. Because there are a limited number of seats and shuttle runs you must book a ticket in advance for each person wanting to use the bus. Contact Procession Secretary, Kevin Sivell for further information and booking. This service will operate from Approx. 16:30 and the last pick up at 18:15.
There will be parking restrictions along the whole of the procession route.
Please note that Frome’s town centre car parks will not be accessible once the road closures are in place. Cars will not be allowed in or out of the car parks while the closures are in place. Please check the route map below in advance if you are planning on using the car parks.
Please note that the road closures will remain in place once the procession has passed, this is for public safety. Roads will need to be clear of the public before they are reopened and this may create delays. Although the Traffic Regulation Order allows us to maintin the road closures for the entire duration of the procession until 00:00, we will always try and open roads a soon as possible when it is safe to do so.
The following roads shall be closed as necessary, to all vehicular traffic on Saturday XX September between 15:00 hours and 22:30.
The following Roads shall be closed as necessary, to all vehicular traffic between 18:00 hours on the Saturday xx September and 00:00 on the Sunday xx during procession.
Marston Road (From the Butts to the Junction of The Gove to The Butts)
Christchurch Street East
Fromefield (from North Parade to North Hill House School)
Berkley road (to the junction of Forest Road)
Route begins at junction of Manor Road with The Butts, proceeds along The Butts, Butts Hill, Welsey Slope, Bath Street, Market Place, North Parade, Berkley Road, Badgers Hill and finishes by the Football Ground.
Judging and presentations
Judging will be en-route. Details of the judging procedure will be sent with your Class Cards on receipt of a completed entry form.
All judging will be carried out during the procession. There will be no marking if the procession is stationary for more than 2 minutes.
Presentations of trophies (The trophies and Cups are to be held for one year )and prize money will take place at Frome Town Football Club as soon as possible (Approx. 22:30) after the procession and all participants are very welcome to attend.
Such is the importance of spectator and participant safety that failing to comply with safety requirements may result in a 10-point deduction. The Procession Manager will be responsible for informing the judges of such instances. These includes;
- failing to comply with the request/ directions given my marshals.
- Breaking the speed limits.
- Failure to inform the Procession Manager of any issues with your carts/ vehicles compromising safety and/or causing a gap of 45 metres when the procession could have been halted.
Participation requirements for carts.
In the interests of safety, to participate in Frome Carnival all carts/ vehicles will need to meet the following legal requirements. Unfortunately, carts/ vehicles (where applicable) not fulfilling these requirements will not be able to take part. Where applicable carts/ vehicles must;
- Pass their VSO inspection,
- Be able to demonstrate that the cart’s electrical system has been inspected by a competent person,
- Has carried out a cart risk assessment prior to the event,
- Have appropriate firefighting equipment;
- Appropriate driver's licence;
- Where appropriate have hearing protection for cart crews and participants.
Toilets for participant are available in both the assembly and dispersal areas. Please ask the marshals for directions.
Disabled viewing, Lost children etc...
The map below details, disabled viewing areas, information for marshals, parking and lost children points.
Bus stops affected by road closures
- Butts Hill (Fire Station (SW-bound))
- Christchurch Street West (Memorial Theatre Complex (SE-bound))
- Christchurch Street West (Weymouth Road (NWbound))
- Christchurch Street West (Weymouth Road (SEbound))
- The Butts (Manor Road (SW-bound))
- The Butts (Somerset Road (SW-bound))
- Butts Hill (Fire Station (SW-bound))
- Gorehedge (Christchurch (E-bound))
- Market Place (Market Place (NE-bound))
- North Parade (North Hill House (NE-bound))
- Berkely Road (Windsor Crescent (SW-bound))
- Berkley Road (Football Ground (W-bound)
- Berkely Road (Selwood School (SW-bound and NEbound)