Where to watch the big event
Cross Rifles Roundabout
THE carts will be driving around the Cross Rifles Roundabout and onto Monmouth Street at approximately 7.25pm. If you stand opposite the roundabout near Cannon Close and Polden Street, you will have a great view of the incoming carts and will be able to spot them from some distance. As it is a residential area, please be considerate of the people living in this area.
FROM Monmouth Street to Broadway, this is one of the long stretches of road on this year’s route. Spectators will be able to watch the carts from far away and be able to see multiple colourful vehicles at the same time. It’s a five-minute walk from the town centre so you could walk from here to the High Street in good time to watch the squibbing.
AT approximately 8.25pm, the first carts will arrive from Cornhill to travel down the High Street towards Penel Orlieu. The High Street is roughly a third of a mile long and straight meaning you will be able to spot the luminous vehicles from far away and get close view of the performers as they travel past towards Penel Orlieu. If you are a fan of squibbing, this spot is the best place to be.
ARGUABLY the best place to stand. Carts will be driving towards the Penel Orlieu junction at approximately 8.30pm before it turns right onto Market Street. You will be able to see the colourful vehicles pass through the High Street, around Penel Orlieu roundabout and onto Mount Street.
Market Street Car Park
THE first of many carts will be arriving here at approximately 8.35pm so you will have plenty of time to wait for the first float. Here you will see the carts emerge from the High Street and get a great side-on view of the carts and the performers dancing and singing. But if you wanted to see the displays from the comfort of your parked car – tough luck. The car park will be fully occupied, so you will not be able to park here.
IF you stand opposite Market Street car park and outside Scott Cinemas, you will be able to see the carts pass by roughly around 8.35pm. Here crowds are more scarce as a majority of visitors will be within town centre, meaning you will have plenty of room to stand to see the dazzling vehicles travel past. Alternatively, you can follow the road around and watch the carts travel down the street towards Northgate Street. The only downside is here you will miss the view of the squibbing so if you want to stick around for the fireworks display, leave this area and make your way towards the High Street.