Illuminated Procession

This years procession will fall on the 22nd September 2018.  Entry forms will be available soon.


What’s it all about then?

Pewsey is host once a year to a fantastic illuminated procession. This has dated back to 1898 and with a few hiccups along the way (a few wars) Pewsey has shown what a village in Wiltshire can do with a lot of willing people and ‘carnival spirit’.

We are proud to be Wiltshire’s oldest carnival and love putting on a show for everyone to enjoy.


How do i enter this fantastic event?

We will put up an online entry form so you can fill in your entry details. This will enable us to allocate you a judging number and if your entry falls under certain categories (motorised, using a generator) we will insure your entry. You pay nothing. Its free to enter and we can take care of any insurance costs on your behalf. All you have to do is come up with a theme, grab some friends and create a fantastic walking or motorised entry to entertain the crowds.


Entry Classes

Classes as of 2017 carnival (subject to change)

As a rough guide here’s the criteria for last years carnival. Awaiting approval of final documentation for 2018.

Class 1 = Walking class including push along carts using battery powered electrics.

Class 2 = Walking class with push along carts using a petrol/diesel generator

Class 3 = Motorised class floats/carts less than 9m (small floats)

Class 4 = Motorised class floats/carts over 9m (big floats)

Class 5 = Motorised float any size consisting of a youth group or youth organisation (Scouts, Brownies, Schools, Playgroups etc)

Walking classes will be judged at the Carnival Field before the event starts at 7:30pm. 1st 2nd and 3rd prizes available.

Motorised classes will be judged on route at randomised locations. The results will be announced at the closing ceremony on Sunday 23rd September (this is why we need your phone number when entering).


Float Safety Stewards

Entry’s into classes 3, 4 and 5 will need some lovely people to volunteer to be their float safety stewards. They will wear a very fetching tabbard  and walk along side the entry. Small floats are required to have a minimum of 2 and the big floats need a minimum of 4. Their job is to make sure no one gets near the wheels or falls under the float. We have barriers alongside the majority of the route but there are some places where it gets a bit tight and people do try to get past the floats. Your driver can only see so much and the stewards will make sure that nothing nasty happens. On the night we will have an emergency number to call for any issues and dotted around the route will be qualified event marshals to call on for help.


Building Your Entry

The entry forms will show a list of  requirements to follow. It’s all common sense and its there to protect both entrants and spectators. So it goes without saying that you don’t build your cart/float entry wider than a standard farm trailer or higher than the electric cables. Think about how your entry may effect the environment, don’t use polystyrene that can break apart easy as the carnival field is used for livestock and this can harm the animals. A full list will be available soon.

Building a float can be daunting but as long as you get a good group together you can create something special. Our facebook carnival group can be useful for anyone needing paint or a few ideas. Click on the facebook icon in the header and don’t be afraid to ask a question. Or use our contact us form page to send a quick message.

If you’re going to create something for the wheelbarrow event (Thursday 20th September) why not enter it into the procession. Don’t be intimidated by the big floats. The walking entries we’ve seen over the years can put some of the big floats to shame. Any entry big or small is welcome in our carnival. We just ask all our entrants to be respectful of others.