The Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Festival is one of the highlights of the Somerset cultural calendar, which celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2011. Marketing itself as the ‘best illuminated procession’ on earth, the event features a unique exhibition of up to 25,000 light bulbs and more than 1450 floats across the Guy Fawkes Carnival Circuit, which includes Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea and North Petherton.
Like all busy events, however, accidents like a slip or trip can happen, and it is important that you understand what you may be entitled to if you suffer from an accident that wasn’t your fault. In crowded outdoor environments with limited space, the chance of experiencing slips, trips and falls increases greatly. Likewise, the risk of work accidents also increases in busy workplaces, as does the risk of being injured in a road traffic accident in bad weather.
In Britain, expect everything but the kitchen sink
From the Indian summer of 2011 to the summer deluges of 2012, you never quite know what to expect on any particular day when it comes to the British weather. In busy outdoor environments like festivals in particular, there is a much higher risk of injury on muddy venues in wet weather, while the risk of dehydration is significantly higher during a summer heatwave.
If it’s cold and wet, don’t forget to bring your wellies and raincoats. Likewise, if it’s hot and sunny, always have plenty of water and sun cream at your disposal, and don’t forget a sun hat. Pay close attention to the weather forecast and find out what will be happening in the Somerset area the day before the event. Take note of where your nearest exits and make sure you know how you will be getting home (or to your next festival venue).