Your Whizz Bang Muddy Guide to Fireworks
Ooooo… Aaahhh… There’ll be fireworks going off all over the county this weekend. Here’s just a selection for you. There’s sure to be one – or probably more – near you. Wrap up warm, make sure any nervous pets are happy, grab a sparkler or two – and head on out!
THURSDAY 5 NOV
Stevenage Fireworks, Fairlands Valley Lakes
Head over to Fairlands Valley Lakes for a free (hoorah!) fireworks display tonight. It all kicks off at 7.30pm, and there’s free (hoorah!) parking opposite at the Stevenage FC ground on Broadhall Way. Great start to a long weekend of firework fun!
Six Hills Way, Stevenage, SG2 0BL
Rudolph Steiner School Fireworks, Kings Langley
There’s live jazz at the Rudolph Steiner School fireworks this as well as a barbeque and restaurant – and glow sticks, which are always good. The bonfire is being lit at 6pm, with fireworks at 7.15pm. Tickets are £14 for a family, £10 for a couple, £6 for just one, and children are just £3. www.rsskl.org
Rudolf Steiner School, Langley Hill, Kings Langley, WD4 9HG, rsskl.org
FRIDAY 6 NOV
Abbots Langley Firework Display
The Lions Club of Watford are behind this one. Gates open at 6.30pm, with fireworks at 7.30pm. There’ll be a burger stall and crepes, too – and the Manor House bar will be open. It’s free to get in, but they’ll be after donations for charity instead.
Manor House Playing Fields, Gallows Hill Lane, Abbots Langley, WD5 0DD, abbotslangley-pc.gov.uk/abbots-langley-fireworks
Welwyn Garden City Football Club Fireworks Night
Gates open at 7pm for this one, and there’ll be fireworks (obvs), fairground rides and stalls, an outdoor Bar and BBQ, with plenty of food stalls too.
Welwyn Garden City Football and Social Club, Herns Way, Panshanger, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL7 1TA, welwyngardencityfc.org.uk
SATURDAY 7 NOV
Firework Spectacular, Verulamium Park, St Albans
St Albans Cathedral hosts its annual Firework Spectacular just down the road in Verulamium Park. It’s a 25-minute show, and they’re expecting around 25,000 (yes, really) people again this year. Tickets on the gate are £5 – or £4 in advance from the Alban Arena box office. Gates open at 6pm and the display starts at 7.30pm.
Verulamium Park, St Albans, AL3 4HE
Festival of Fire, Tring Park Cricket Club
This is where me and Mr C – oh, and the kids – will be. It’s a great night out every year, with lots going on as well as cracking firework display. There are all sorts of food stalls and a bar as well, so come hungry. Tickets are £14 for a family ticket in advance, or £18 for families, £7 for adults and £5 for under 16s on the night – check out the details on their Facebook page. Gates open at 5.30pm, there’s entertainment on the main stage, the bonfire will be lit at 6.30 – and it’s huge – and then the display starts at 7.15pm with fireworks going off to a movie-themed soundtrack. See you there?
Tring Park Cricket Club, London Rd, Tring, HP23 6HA
Berkhamsted Fireworks, Berkhamsted Cricket Club
Always a goodie, this one. Gates open at 5pm, and the display starts at 6.45pm. The bar’s open, and there’s 20% off food before 6.30pm – so get there early if you’re planning on eating. Tickets are £8 adult, £6 children – although you can pick up discounted tickets, and family tickets for £20, on the Rotary stall in Berkhamsted Market if you’re feeling organised. There’ll be music, sideshows, and a DJ, too.
Berkhamsted Cricket Club, Castle Hill, HP4 1HE, berkhamstedfireworks.co.uk
Ware Fireworks, Ware
It’s all the fun of the fair – as well as the fireworks – this year in Ware. Join the Rotary clubs there for a funfair, plenty of hot food and drinks, and a display to music. Gates open at 5.30pm, the bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm, and the fireworks will start around 7pm. Tickets are £3 for children up to 11, £5 for 12 and over, and £15 for a family of 4.
Corner of High Oak Road and Kingsway, Ware, SG12 0QJ, warefireworks.org.uk
Cassiobury Park Firework Display, Watford
You get two fireworks displays for the price of one in Cassiobury Park. The children’s display starts at 6.15pm, the bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the main fireworks display starts at 7.30pm. There are three local bands playing, too. Word to the wise: park in one of the town centre car parks and walk over.
Cassiobury Park, Watford, WD18 7LB
Camelot Rugby Club Fireworks, Hemel Hempstead
Expectations riding high for this one – it’s apparently getting a bit of a reputation as a good display and night out. Gates open at 5pm, with a demo at 7pm and the display kicking off at 7.30pm. As well as that, there’ll be a barbeque, not 1 but 3 bars, music and stalls. Tickets in advance are £5 per person or £15 for a family – or £7 and £20 on the night.
Camelot Rugby Club Fireworks, Chaulden Lane, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 2BS, pitchero.com/clubs/camelotrugby
Fireworks Night at the White Hart, Whelpley Hill
This sounds cosy – gather round the fire with hot soup and marshmallows on sticks at the White Hart pub’s firework display. And if it’s too chilly, you can warm up in the bar afterwards. You can email to book.
Whelpley Hill, Bovingdon, HP5 3RL, facebook.com/TheWhiteHartwhelpleyhill
SUNDAY 8 NOV
Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club Annual Fireworks
Gates – well, the Vauxhall Road turnstiles – open at 5pm for this one, with the fireworks starting at 6.15pm. The club bar will be open, with hot and cold refreshments. Tickets are just £3 for adults and £1 for children, and it’s always massively popular. Don’t expect to park anywhere near. The walk will do you good…
Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club, Vauxhall Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 4HW, hemelfc.com
Butterfly World Fireworks Display, St Albans
Hope the butterflies don’t mind the bangs and whizzes. Promising to be bigger and better than ever, this event is always a sell-out, so don’t leave getting your tickets until the last minute. Tickets are £6.50 (unless you’re a Butterfly World member, in which they’re yours for a fiver) – and there won’t be any available on the gate. Gates open at 4.30pm and the display starts at 6.15pm.
Butterfly World, Miriam Lane, Noke Lane, Chiswell Green, AL2 3NY, butterflyworldproject.com
Bishop’s Stortford Annual Fireworks Display
Loads going on in Bishop’s Stortford as well as the fireworks – live entertainment, a funfair for the kids, a barbeque and lots of stalls to look at. You can buy tickets online – family tickets are £12, children are £3 (if accompanied by an adult) and adults are £5 (whether accompanied by a child or not). Under 2s go free – hoorah!
Bishops Stortford Rugby Football Club Silver Leys, Hadham Rd, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2QE
Harpenden Rugby Club Firework Display
Early start for this one. Gates are open at 3pm (although might be worth checking this by calling the club), and then the display starts at 6pm.
Harpenden Rugby Club, Redbourn Lane, Harpenden, AL5 2BA, hrfc.com