8 of the best firework displays in Herts
Kaboom! See in bonfire night in style across Herts with our pick of the top family-friendly events.
I remember when my dad used to light a dodgy Catherine wheel against the back fence and nearly set the cat on fire. Ah, those were the days! Of course, it’s not like that now. Since the Sydney Olympics showed the Northern Hemisphere how to explosively celebrate, fireworks displays have got bigger, louder and much better organized. Cue a raft of brilliant local bonfire nights across Herts. Ka-boom!
Ware Fireworks Display, Ware, Sat 3 Nov
The Rotary Clubs of Amwell, Hertford Shires and Ware are teaming up this year to offer food, drink and fireworks. Gates open at 5.30pm and the bonfire is lit at 6.30pm.
St Albans Cathedral, St Albans, Sat 3 Nov
A beautiful cathedral backdrop, award-winning pyrotechnics and a whole village of food; this one looks pretty good. Tring Brewery are supplying award-winning booze and the Abbot’s kitchen will be open until 10pm to warm you up with Bailey’s hot chocolate and hot dogs – yum! Fireworks begin at 7.30pm. Adult tickets from £7, child tickets from £3, family tickets from £14
Berkhamsted Cricket Club, Berkhamsted, Sat 3 Nov
This one has trinket stalls, a BBQ, bars, a DJ and an all-weather display so, if it rains, no problem. Adult tickets from £7, child tickets from £5, family tickets from £20.
Hitchin Priory, Hitchin, Sun 4 Nov
With a retro theme including a vintage fun fair, this year’s display in Hitchin sounds pretty charming. There’s also a beer tent, food stalls and bonfire from 4pm, before the fireworks start at 7pm. Adult tickets from £6, child tickets from £3.
Camelot Rugby Club, Hemel Hempstead, Mon 5 Nov
Camelot’s annual pyrotechnics begin at 7pm with the event finishing late-ish at 10pm (on a school night too!) There’ll be music, a BBQ and fully licensed bar. Adult tickets from £5, family tickets from £15.
Hatfield, Sat 3 Nov
Strictly no booze allowed at this one I’m afraid (*packs hipflask*), but there’ll be heaps of food, from mac’n’cheese to fried chicken and burgers. There’s a kid’s show at 6.30pm and the main event is at 7pm, meaning you should be finished just in time to get home for a large glass of Pinot. Adult tickets £5.50, child tickets are free.
The Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, Sat 3 & Sun 4 Nov
What better way to celebrate Guy Fawkes’ demise than with an actual gunpowder factory as a backdrop? The Royal Gunpowder Mill’s annual festival is a biggie and promises heaps of family-friendly activities throughout the day, from lantern and slime-making to interactive performances. There will be food, drinks and fireworks curated by special effects experts ForceFX on both days, but make sure you book ahead as this event sells out fast. Adult tickets £10.50, child tickets £8.50, family tickets £34.20.