Islandwide the skies will light up on Friday and Saturday night as there are at least five large organised firework displays celebrating the ill-fated gunpowder plot made by Guy Fawkes in 1605 to blow up the houses of parliament. Choose from Arreton, Newport, Sandown, Yarmouth and Ventnor.
Getting in first are Arreton Old Village with a bonfire and fireworks display this coming Friday (November 4th). A torchlight parade will begin at 7.30pm with the torches then thrown into the bonfire when it is lit shortly afterwards. Home-made Guy Fawkes’ can be entered into a competition with entries to be made by 5.30pm. Fireworks will be at around 8pm.
Just down the road at St Georges Park, Newport Parish Council is putting on ‘The Island’s Family Fireworks Party’ on Saturday November 5th. The party is sponsored by Isle of Wight Radio whose presenters will be hosting the evening and playing some tunes.
A bonfire will be lit and the event boasts a Guy Fawkes competition with live music from Island band Cornerstone to get the joint jumping. Fireworks light up the sky at 7pm and family tickets for 2 adults and 2 children are £10 (or adults are £4 and children £2).
Top of the pops, bangs and sparks has to be Sandown’s November 5th Carnival that kicks off at 6pm on Saturday and parades around the town until assembling on the seafront for a grand firework display at 8pm.
At 5.45pm the floats assemble in Royal Street and the pedestrians assemble in Grafton Street at the Town Hall. Then at 6pmthe judging will commence but for those who are not in the carnival there will be live entertainment on the Esplanade at 6pm too – from local band Switch.
Then at 6.30pm the procession begins, moving along Melville St, Fitzroy Ave, Albert Rd, Victoria Ave, High St, Pier St and onto the Esplanade for 7.30pm. But if you stay on the beach you will get to see the Fire Display at 6.30pm, part two of which happens at 7.30pm in the same location.
The Firework finale is at 8pm, giving everyone plenty of time to assemble on the Esplanade and to find a good vantage point.
Yarmouth too has a Guy Fawkes Night on Saturday November 5th from 6pm onwards. In the Square there will be music, mulled wine, hot chestnuts, toffee apples and a Guy Fawkes competition that will be judged at 6.30pm.
Everyone will then parade by torchlight around the town and over to the Common where there will be a firework display at 7.30pm. There will be a collection to help pay for the fireworks.
In Ventnor the Spyglass are pushing the boat out with a grand firework display from the beach. We have no details as we go to press but will keep you updated…