The South Brent Winter Floodlit Carnival is the culmination of a number of carnivals which are held in Devon throughout the year, and this impressive grand finale takes place on the last Saturday in November.
South Brent is a picturesque location in the rural countryside of South Devon, just off the busy A38. It is a beautiful place to visit throughout the year and this Winter Floodlit Carnival signals the beginning of Christmas festivities.
South Brent Winter Floodlit Carnival is the Carnival of Carnivals!
The South Brent Winter Floodlit Carnival is one of the largest carnival processions in the county. It includes some amazing award-winning floats including longer floats of up to 100 feet in length from the neighbouring Bridgewater and Somerset circuits. Carnivals have always been about having fun as a community and many of the small towns and villages in the area have carnivals that can be traced back for hundreds of years.
Starting at 6pm, the carnival consists of a parade of colourfully decorated floats as well as various walking groups who are all attending in the hope of winning some of the prize money. Plenty of effort is made to make each float stand out from the crowd as they compete against each other. South Brent's own float is always decorated to a theme such as Boogie Belles or Scotland the Brave. You'll have to wait and see what will inspire the 2014 committee.
South Brent Village
This large village seems to get more than its fair share of rain, something to do with it having its own micro climate caused by its proximity to the hills of Dartmoor. There's a good chance of a shower at this time of year, so do dress appropriately so that it does not spoil your fun.
There is a pub in the village of South Brent that is worthy of a mention, especially if you are thinking of combining the carnival with some high quality dining instead of the usual hot dogs and burgers that are common at these events.
The Oak Inn can be found on Station Road in the village. It has no airs and graces but the food is excellent. The pub claims that it offers restaurant food at pub prices and that is certainly no exaggeration and I can personally recommend their steaks. They are a little more expensive than the rest of the menu but the chef buys in the whole rump and trims it so all you get is a high quality tasty steak. Try one, medium rare.
Open from six until ten in the evening it could be just what you are looking for after the fun of the carnival, but don't forget to book a table as this place is extremely popular, especially on the day of the carnival itself.
Family fun guaranteed at the South Brent Winter Floodlit Carnival
In summary, the South Brent Winter Floodlit Carnival is a lovely relaxed carnival with a great family atmosphere and everyone is welcome to join in with the fun. The bright lights and beautifully decorated floats are second to none and make a cheery sight on a cold autumn evening.
Everyone has his or her own favourite pub or restaurant where the food is out of this world, with service to match. How about sharing the name of your favourite Devon eatery and what makes it so special?