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Red Funnel’s popular fireworks party cruises back for 2019

Tue, Jul 30 2019

After confirming it will be the headline sponsor of this year’s Cowes Week fireworks, Red Funnel Ferries has announced that its highly anticipated annual fireworks party cruises will return on Friday 16 August.



To mark the finale of the sailing regatta, guests can enjoy The Red Funnel Fireworks at Cowes Week out on the water with two excursions courtesy of Red Funnel, departing either Southampton or the Isle of Wight.

The two excursions, which are available to families, couples, friends and solo travellers, will set off from either side of the Solent and will be held onboard Red Falcon (departing Southampton) and Red Osprey (departing East Cowes).

With 2019 also marking 50 years of continuous high-speed service between Southampton and West Cowes, Red Funnel Ferries promises a lively party atmosphere and an unmissable firework display to not only celebrate its big anniversary but to also extend thanks to its customers and staff, past and present.

The three-hour round trips will include entertainment from official radio partners SAM FM and Isle of Wight Radio, plus live tribute music. While on board, guests can dance the night away to 80s/90s classics and take advantage of on-board food and drink specials.

With the fireworks commencing at 9.30pm, Red Funnel guarantees one of the best seats in the house to watch the dazzling display on the Solent as the ferry situates just off the entrance to the Cowes harbour.

Commenting on the fireworks party cruises, Fran Collins, CEO of Red Funnel, said: “Our Cowes Week fireworks excursions have always been extremely popular, and this year promises to be especially exciting with lots of great entertainment and surprises on board.

“We’re incredibly proud to celebrate 50 years of high-speed service between Southampton and West Cowes, so our sponsorship of this year’s firework display is really a massive thank you to all of our staff and customers for their tremendous support over the last five decades.

“We can’t wait to light up the skies and look forward to welcoming guests on board our party cruises. But no matter where people choose to watch the display we just truly hope they come out and enjoy the show. It’s going to be a great night!”

Tickets for Red Funnel’s party cruise excursions can be purchased at any Red Funnel ticket office, by phone at 02380019192, or online at


For further information regarding Red Funnel, please contact:

Lisa Norman or Kirsti Pawlowski at McKenna Townsend

T: 01425 472330

E: [email protected]

About Red Funnel

Red Funnel is the original Isle of Wight ferry company with roots tracing back to 1820. Based in the UK port of Southampton, Red Funnel carries 2.3m passengers and over 800,000 vehicles on its ferry route between the UK port of Southampton and East Cowes and 1.1m passengers between Southampton and West Cowes on its Red Jet Hi-Speed service.  In addition to ferry travel, Red Funnel is the only cross-Solent operator to offer ferry inclusive bonded holiday accommodation, attraction tickets, festival and event tickets and activity packages. Sub-brands include ‘Red Jet’ (the Hi-Speed passenger only ferry service serving West Cowes) and two food & beverage brands, ‘Steam Coffee Company’ and ‘ReFuel’.  The Company is a founder member of Visit Isle of Wight Ltd, the Island’s not for profit destination management organisation and Red Funnel sponsors or supports most of the Island’s premier events including the IW Festival, Cowes Week, Isle of Arts, The Red Funnel IW Literary Festival, IW Newport Jazz Festival, Isle Walk Festival, Ventnor Fringe Festival and Wolverton Manor Garden Show as well as a range of community and niche interest events. Red Funnel’s 2019 Charity of the Year is Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight.

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About Cowes Week

Cowes Week is one of the UK's longest running sporting events, having first taken place in 1826. The aspirational and inclusive sailing regatta is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting between 800 and 1,000 yachts in up to 40 classes. Around 8,000 competitors race during the week ranging from weekend sailors to World Champions and Olympic medallists.

The lively après-sail atmosphere at Cowes Week means there are plenty of social and exciting onshore activities for sailors and the thousands of spectators who visit Cowes each year. The next edition of the regatta takes place from 10 – 17 August 2019.

The event is supported by the following sponsors who also help to make the event a success: aql, Westerhall Rums,  Land Rover, Chatham Marine, MUSTO, Isle of Wight Council, Sunsail, Fever-Tree,  Slingsby Gin and Media Partner: Yachts & Yachting, Official Charity 1851 Trust

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About Cowes Week Limited

Cowes Week Limited (wholly owned by Cowes Combined Clubs Limited) was formed in November 2007 to provide a single management board with overall responsibility for the event. This ensures that the business operation of both the shore-side and racing elements are managed in a streamlined way.