Finding the Fireworks in August

Fireworks fill the skies around the Isle of Wight on many occasions throughout August so make sure you catch at least one display.

The biggest and best has to be the Cowes Week fireworks on the Friday (August 12th) but the show at the end of Ventnor Carnival that fills the bay is a pretty good one too, they even appear to burst from the water.

Sponsored by the Spyglass Inn, the fireworks in Ventnor are on Wednesday August 10th at around 9.30pm (but this is a bit of a moveable feast) and the best places to see them are on the seafront or from above on Belgrave Road. Make sure to see the carnival too, which starts at around 7pm and catch some of the Ventnor Fringe, which is happening around the town from 9th to 14th August, 2016.

Every Wednesday night throughout late July and August there are fireworks at nearby Blackgang Chine to bring an evening of pirate themed frivolity to a close. Back by popular demand, the famous Big Night Out’ Fireworks Extravaganza will take place every Wednesday during the school holidays, starting Wednesday 27th July through to 31st August.  Enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment including street performers, magicians, live music, a BBQ plus the awe inspiring musical firework display set off from the cliff edge to bring your day to a spectacular end at around 9.15pm.

Summer Fireworks and Entertainment are also on the menu at the Needles Landmark Attraction every Thursday from Thursday 28th July until Thursday 25th August. ‘Music & Magic in the Skies’ is a pyromusical extravaganza that starts early in the day and culminates in a huge firework display with heaps of free entertainment. As always, you only pay to park your car and for the activities you want to enjoy.

Thursday night and the firework finale action moves to the Needles Park throughout August where again there is a full timetable of entertainment, this time from 2pm from the Magic in the Skies Firework Spectacular. A stage is set up in the entrance way to the park and there’s live music from artists such as Lucid, Soul Lounge, Jules Nelson from Dream Machine and Derek Sandy. Plus magic from the imitable Huxley Hunt and more enchantment from Andie Penn and her dog Archie, who are a favourite with kids.

At around 6pm Wave 105 takes over and a different DJ every week presents the evening’s entertainment, with a whole programme of fun as the sun goes down. The culmination of the music and entertainment is the grand firework display from the field behind the IW Glass building that begins at 9.30pm.

Jo Macaulay

24 May 2016

By Jo Macaulay in Articles

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