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Fawkes Fest at Barry Island

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Fawkes Fest at Barry Island

Fawkes Fest takes place leading up to, and including, Friday 5th November, Guy Fawkes Day and Bonfire Night.

Enter your guy (or gal!) into our competition and display it along the promenade for all to see our outdoor Fawkes Fest Guy Gallery.

Wrap up warm and pop down to roast some favourites on our Marshmallow Firepits whilst watching a Firedance show with the ocean behind.

Build a Guy (or Gal!) Competition & Outdoor Guy Gallery

How to take part?

The Build a Guy (or Gal) competition will form the main part of a Fawkes Fest celebration. The competition will be open, not only to to all primary schools in the Vale, but to the general public including all uniformed groups, playgroups etc as well as individual families. The community will be able to get involved and we will be encouraging the creation of green guys (and gals) using materials we can recycle after the event and showing them in a gallery on the railings along Barry Island Promenade. Your creations will then be judged by the public as they place 'a penny for the Guy' of their choice.

Full details of how to create your Guy (or Gal!) and register to be a part of the competition can be found on the Beach Academy Wales website. Make sure you read the 'How to make a Green Guy (or Gal)' guide before you start.

Marshmallow Firepits

Our marshmallow firepits will create a ring of fire and will be manned by members of the South Wales Fire Service. They will be lit between 4:30pm and 8pm on Friday 5th November. Public are welcome to bring their own marshmallows for roasting or can get them on the night.


We will be joined on Friday 5th November by the amazing Damazo. The 20 minute firedance show spectacular will start at 7pm as part of Fawkes Fest. So grab a chair or picnic blanket and come and watch the sparks fly on the coast. Eastern end of the promenade.

Is anything else happening on the 5th November?


Firework Face painting: Available from 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Fire Engine Special Appearance: The south wales team are bringing their engine for the kids to see and play games from 12:30pm to 4:30pm.

Fancy dress highly encouraged to add to the atmosphere.

Is it all free?

All Fawkes Fest Activities are free, brought to you by Beach Academy in partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

PLEASE NOTE - There will be NO FIREWORKS as part of this event. The annual Fireworks display has been cancelled for 2021.


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