Where to watch the big event

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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.

High Street

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.

Penel Or­lieu

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.

Mount Street

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.

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