Remember remember the 5th of November…
Being on holiday during the first week of November doesn’t mean missing out on Guy Fawkes fun, as there are dozens of bonfire events and fantastic fireworks displays taking place all over Cornwall. From small community gatherings to big and bold bobby dazzlers, whatever your preference you’re sure of an ooh-ahh-mazing time. So wrap up warm and head out under the stars to watch explosions of colour light up the night skies, eat bonfire toffee and write messages with a sparkler.
Here are a few suggestions to get your fire-party started:
Polperro – 1st November
If you can’t wait until the 5th, head over to the delightful fishing village of Polperro on Saturday 1st for their annual bonfire on the beach and fireworks where stunning Peak Rock is the backdrop. Gunpowder, treason and plot haven’t been forgotten as there’s also a children’s Guy Fawkes competition, while a barbecue in aid of the Rowing Club will keep hunger at bay. Entry is free but donations are gratefully received to help cover costs.
Carbis Bay – 5th November
Carbis Bay’s event is on November 5th itself. Come along for the lighting of the colossal bonfire at 6pm, then tuck into hot spuds and doughnuts washed down with mulled wine or a nice cuppa before the fireworks. Suggested donation of £1 per person, a free shuttle bus will be operating from the Porthrepta Road car park (pay and display car parking charges apply).
St Ives – 5th November
In St Ives you can watch the fireworks at Porthminster beach from 7pm. No charge but donations welcome, with a BBQ and refreshments available.
St Agnes – 5th November
From 5:30pm onwards, there will be a kids entertainer, and mulled wine and cider for the adults, with a BBQ and fish and chips, toffee apples, and the obligatory firework display and bonfire. At the Driftwood Spars Hotel, Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes.
Coverack Bonfire Night Celebrations – 5th November
Bonfire Lit on Coverack Beach & Fireworks set off from 7pm. Hot refreshments, raffle, glow sticks and a wonderful view of the fireworks across the bay! Everyone welcome! This is a community event – Donations towards the cost of the fireworks and insurance greatly appreciated and essential to the continuation of this event.
Falmouth Firework Display – 5th November
Boasting the biggest firework display in Cornwall, Falmouth Cricket Club on Trescobeas Road is the place to be if you like your illuminations epic. A whopping £6,500 worth were set off to music last year, with this year’s looking to be even more explosive. In safe hands, Falmouth Firefighters organise this one, complete with food and drink stalls, fairground rides and fire-eaters (naturally) all proceeds going to charity. Gates open 6pm, fireworks at 7pm.
Penzance Charity Fireworks Spectacular – 5th November
Organised by the Penzance Rotary Club, this year’s Charity Fireworks Spectacular at the AFC Football Ground, Alexandra Place (off Alexandra Road) features the Samba Celtica Band as well as other entertainment, and a sizzling hog roast. Gates open 6.30pm, fireworks at 7.30pm. If you’re feeling a bit strapped for cash, you can always join the throng on Penzance’s iconic prom with its marvellous panoramic vista of the whole of Mount’s Bay.
Pool, Heartlands – 5th November
Heartlands at Pool will be hosting their 3rd annual bonfire night celebration on the 5th as well. Showcasing local musicians, plus activities and entertainment for all the family, the Red River Cafe will be serving up supper, but best to book to avoid disappointment. From 5.30pm, the bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm with fireworks at 7.30pm. Free admission, but parking charges apply.
Porthleven Fireworks – 7th November
On Friday November 7th Porthleven School have organised a special community firework night. Jacket potatoes, hot dogs, cakes and hot drinks will warm your cockles, while the angelic singing of the School’s unique signing choir will warm your heart. £2 for adults, £1 children and under 3’s free, sparklers will be available to buy so please don’t bring your own.
Carnglaze Caverns – 7th November
Also on the 7th The Whizz Bang Boogie Night at Carnglaze Caverns is about as unusual as it gets. Listen to the sound of fireworks reverberating around the valley walls, watch as rockets soar through the sky to erupt in a blaze of colour, munch on a burger, then go underground where the phenomenal acoustics guarantee a top party night with The Boogie Knights. Let’s face it, it’s not often you get to dance in your wellies in a cave. In aid of St Neot Scouts, admission £10 adults, £5 children. Starts 6.45pm www.carnglaze.com
Gwinear – 8th November
And finally, a little closer to your home-away-from-home, on Saturday 8th the Hall For Gwinear in the village of Gwinear Chrchtown are holding their bonfire party night. With hot music from the hottest Rock&Roll four-piece this side of Hayle roundabout, The Super 8s are sure to light your fire. Music 9-11pm, cheapest drinks anywhere, bonfire in the garden, and the kind of firework display you’d find in your own back yard (we’re talking cut-price selection box here, no expense spared…) it’s £2 on the door, everyone welcome.
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