Best Ways to See the Fireworks

Avoid the damp squib of having your own fireworks at home by heading off to one of these organised firework displays on the Isle of Wight – one of them even has a bonfire! Traditional firework night food is often on offer so wrap up warm, stay safe and scoff chestnuts and mulled wine at one of these organised firework nights.

Arreton Barns

Making a Halloween Week of it, Arreton Barns are having their Bonfire and Firework Finale on Friday 26th October this year (2018) to bring their week of half term adventures to a close. Attend during the week in fancy dress and a winner will be drawn at random at the end of the day on Thursday 25th October, and receive the prize of a Family Ticket for their Bonfire and Firework Finale.

Billed as starting from 7pm, you do need to get to this venue early to get a parking space. Ryde Extreme Performers will be giving their pyrotechnical display from 6.30pm, followed by a Ghost Parade led by Bloodstone Border Morris dancers. The huge bonfire is lit at about 7.45pm and once it’s well alight the firework display begins.

There’s a Burger Van with refreshments and drinks from 6.30pm, and it costs £4 per person (including children) for the evening’s entertainment.

Bembridge, Steyne Park

Bembridge Youth and Community Centre will be holding their annual firework display at Steyne Park, Bembridge on Friday 2ndNovember(2018) from 6:30pm until 8:30pm. There will be stalls in the hall, food stalls outside, Lane End Downbeat will be DJing on the terrace and the bar will be open all night with fireworks at 7:30pm. 

You are asked not to bring any sparklers or fireworks into Steyne Park on the night and to remember the car park will be closed and there will be 'no waiting' cones along Steyne Road, so you may need to park quite a way away and walk back to the park. It's free entry but BYCC are asking if everyone would be kind enough to make a donation on the night toward the Centre and the night’s entertainment.

Sandown Esplanade

Sandown Carnival put on a whole timetable of entertainment on Saturday November 3rd, starting at 4pm and culminating with the firework display fired from Sandown Pier at 8pm. There’s Morris Dancing from the Oyster Girls and dancing from Jukebox Jazz, both by the pier. Ryde Extreme Performers will be giving their fire shows on the beach and you’ll be able to meet characters such as Captain Jack Sparrow, Wonder Woman and Cheeko the friendly squirrel.
There will be loads of side shows including bungee trampolines and vintage amusements to keep you entertained through this action packed event, and plenty of hot food stalls and refreshments. And throughout the whole evening BaY Entertainment will be playing the latest tunes and your requests over the loud speakers. This is a free event but you are asked to give generously to the collectors to ensure that they can continue to run this great event.

Ryde, Haylands Primary School

Rotary has their annual Fireworks Display at Haylands Primary School on Saturday November 3rdfrom 5.30pm to 9pm, with the fireworks at 7pm.There will be a BBQ and sweet treats available, plus hot and cold drinks and plenty of entertainment for the whole family.

The spectacular display will be fired by Titanium Firework Ltd, well known for their displays at Edinburgh Hogmanay and London Rugby World Cup Final.

Entry is £4 per head with a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) for £14, with the money raised going to the rotary club's local, national and International charities. 

Newport, Victoria Recreation Ground

Newport's annual Spooks & Sparks event combines the best bits of Halloween and Bonfire Night and is on November 3rdat Victoria Recreation Ground, Newport, from 4pm.  Hosted by StageGear Hire and Isle of Wight Radio, there’s live music and entertainment all night and, of course, a firework display at around 7pm.

Everyone is encouraged to wear fancy dress, with prizes for the best Halloween costume and there are lots of things to do and see, with plenty of local food and drink vendors on site and a bar. Tickets are £6 for over 16s, £4 for children (over 5) and under 5s free.

Yarmouth, Town Square

The only town to have its firework celebrations on Guy Fawkes Night, Monday November 5th, is Yarmouth and the evening’s festivities kick off in the town square at 6pm where everyone assembles with their home made Guys for the competition at 6.30pm. At 7pm a magical torchlight parade sets off for the Common, to light the town beacon, and then the firework display lights up the sky.

Hosted by the Yarmouth Carnival Committee, there will be a range of food and drinks available, including traditional hog roast, hot chestnuts, toffee apples and mulled wine. This event is free but you are encouraged to give to the collectors so that it can be held next year.

Jo Macaulay

26 October 2018

By Jo Macaulay in Articles