Ooo… Aaaa…. Yes, it’s that time of year again. You either love ’em — or you don’t and spend the evening comforting your cowering pets. If you’re planning on bundling up and heading out to watch the skies this weekend, here’s a selection of the bigger displays around the county. Take your pick — and wave your sparklers!
The Royal Masonic School Fireworks, Rickmansworth, 4 Nov, from 6.15pm
Yes, there’s fireworks — but there’s also food, a BBQ dinner, mulled wine (yes please), glow sticks and more. But you’ll definitely need to book your tickets in advance. They don’t want to run out of sausages, after all…
St Albans Fireworks Spectacular 2016, Verulamium Park, St Albans, 5 Nov, open at 6pm, fireworks at 7.30pm
The St Albans Fireworks have been a fixture in the November calendar for more than 25 years now — and it’s a biggie. It’s also raised more than £730,000 for local and national charities over that time, and this year, they’re supporting the Special Olympics St Albans. Tickets are available from the Cathedral Box Office and the Alban Arena, and are cheaper if you book in advance.
Cassiobury Park, Watford, 5 Nov, entertainment and live music from 6pm, bonfire at 7pm, fireworks at 7.30pm
Loads of fireworks and fun in Watford’s Cassiobury Park. Parking’s a bit limited, and avoid the Gade car park from the afternoon as its closed. But it’s going to be a fab night.
Tring Festival of Fire, Tring Park Cricket Club, 5 Nov, open at 5.30pm, live music from 6.00pm, bonfire and Guy parade from 6.30pm as well as a mini-display, main display at 7.15pm followed by more live music
Tring Festival of Fire has been going every year since 1964, and it’s always a good ‘un. Some great live music — and a huge range of local food choices. Oh, and the Tring Brewery beer tent — hoorah! There’s a parade of Guys and the bonfire is always enormous. It’s a good night all round. And keep an eye out this year for Mr C in a hi-viz jacket…
Meadow Park Fireworks Display, Borehamwood, 5 Nov, 7pm
The annual fireworks display in Borehamwood’s Meadow Park usually attracts several thousand spectators — which is a lot. It’s big, but it’s friendly — a safe place for everyone to have a good time. This year, the fireworks will be going off to a background of music from the musicals — so you can all sing along while you oooo and ahhh…
Berkhamsted Rotary Fireworks, Berkhamsted Cricket Club, 5 Nov, from 5pm
A proper professional display — courtesy of Classic Fireworks and linked to music and lasers (ooo…) so it’s usually a fairly fantastic show. And the cricket club is a great venue, with the hills rising up all round. There’ll be some stalls to tempt you, bits to keep the kids happy, a barbecue and a bar — sounds tempting, eh?
Firework Display, Cheshunt Park, 6 Nov, gates at 4.30pm, fireworks at 6.30pm
Room for just one more? Head to Cheshunt Park on Sunday. The gates open early, and there’s music on the Hoddesdon Loves Music Stage — as well as face painting, street food, and a bar. The firework display is called ‘A Galaxy of Stars’ — which promises to be exciting!