Light the blue touchpaper – where to watch your bonfire celebrations


So, the pumpkins and face paint have been packed away for another year and now it’s bonfire night – Guy Fawkes and all that. If you prefer an organised display to setting off your own fireworks in the garden, check out these displays coming up over the weekend and the next few days.

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RYDE

When: Saturday

Where: Ryde, Haylands Primary School

Time: From 5.30pm

Tickets: Available at the gate on the day

Featuring fireworks from Titanium Firework Ltd, known Island-wide and notably for their fireworks displays at the Edinburgh Hogmanay, London New Year Celebration and London Rugby World Cup final.

There will be a barbecue, hot drinks, ice creams and even fairground rides.

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SANDOWN

When: Saturday

Where: Sandown, Esplanade

Time: From 4pm.

Tickets: Free (donations to Sandown Carnival appreciated)

This is Sandown’s annual cracker family fun and entertainment, music and look out for a range of hot food stalls.

Meet Captain Jack Sparrow, Wonder Woman and Cheeko the friendly squirrel from 6pm.

And check out performances from the Oyster Girls morris side, Jukebox Jazz and a fire show on the beach by the Ryde Extreme Performers.

Side shows include bungee trampolines and vintage amusements will keep those attending entertained.

The grand fireworks display from the end of the pier caps the show from 8pm.

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YARMOUTH

When: Monday

Where: Yarmouth, The Square and The Common

Time: From 6.30pm

Tickets: Free (donations to Yarmouth Carnival Committee appreciated)

Monday is November 5 so this is a proper Guy Fawkes’ Night shindig. The annual Yarmouth fireworks kicks off with a guy competition being judged outside The Bugle at 6.30pm. To get right into the spirit of the evening, there will be a hog roast, mulled wine, toffee apples and hot chestnuts on sale in The Square.

At around 6.45pm, a torchlight parade will walk towards The Common where the fireworks, weather permitting, will be set off just off The Common – or at the end of the pier.