15 of the best fireworks displays
Make sure you remember, remember the 5th of November this fireworks night. Here's our round-up of where to get the best bangs for your bucks in Herts and Beds!
It’s that time of year again, and one of my favourite wintery celebrations – time to get bundled up like a family of Michelin men and head to one of these fab fireworks fiestas near you, sparklers in one hand, mulled wine in the other. Cue the oohs and aaahhs
Displays in Hertfordshire
Tring Festival of Fire, Tring Park Cricket Club, Sat 2 Nov
This is my local, and for a small town they put on an impressive show, plus Tring Brewery are always on hand providing the refreshment in the beer tent, along with food vans and stalls, plus kids’ entertainment and music from local schools and choirs.
Cassiobury Fireworks, Cassiobury Park, Watford, Sat 2 Nov
This is Herfordshire’s largest free fireworks event (although parking costs a fiver). The display, which has been named ‘Kaleidoscope’ this year – yes, it’s got a name! – will kick off at 8pm, and in the meantime you can see the massive bonfire being lit and enjoy entertainment from local radio station Vibe 107.6FM plus live performances too. There’ll also be funfair rides, bungee trampolines and plenty of food and drink stalls.
Hitchin Fireworks, Hitchin Priory, Sun 3 Nov
This one’s got the impressive priory as a backdrop – bring on the insta shots! Plus there’ll be food stalls hawking savoury snacks and sweet treats from a whole host of local restaurants and cafés including Muddy Award-winning Hermitage Rd Bar & Restaurant.
Guy Fawkes Festival and Fireworks, Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, 2-3 Nov
This weekend-long event, sounds well worth the trip juuuust over the border into Essex. And let’s face it, where better to see explosive action than at a former gunpowder factory? From 2pm to there’ll be theatrical performances about Guy Fawkes, as well as interactive science shows with Professor Nitrate in the Mad Lab, plus slime making and lantern workshops. Hop on a tractor tour of the historical site and explore the Rocket Vault, Armoury, and exhibitions. Each night will conclude with an archery show and a 7pm fireworks display from special effects experts, Force FX.
St Alban’s Cathedral Fireworks Spectacular, Verulamium Park, St Albans, Sat 2 Nov
We’re hoping this one lives up to its name as the display has been designed by the double winners of the British Fireworks Championships (did you know there was such a thing?!), Fantastic Fireworks. There’ll also be a Food Village, open from 6pm, or you can go and warm up in the Abbot’s Kitchen, where food will be served until 10pm.
Hatfield Fireworks Night, Angerland Park and Ride, 2 Nov
Park at the Forum and hop on a free shuttle bus to get here – the fun kicks off from 4.30 then there’s a special kids’ fireworks display at 6.30 followed by an family one at 7pm. You can’t bring your own sparklers to this one though.
Ware Fireworks Display, The Rotary Club of Amwell, Hertford Shires and Ware, Sat 9 Nov
This annual event put on by the Rotary Club takes place on the corner of High Oak Road and Kingsway. Gates open at 5.30, the bonfire lighting happens from 6.30 and the main event starts at 7.
The Grove Fireworks Night Packages, The Grove Hotel, 2 Nov
For something a bit more special, you can stay or dine at The Grove Hotel in Chandler’s Cross and enjoy an exclusive display in the rather splendid hotel grounds and warm up with a mulled cider or hot choccie and marshmallows.
Down Hall Fireworks Night, Down Hall Hotel & Spa, Hatfield Heath, 3 Nov
While the general admission tickets have already been snapped up for this one, there are special overnight packages where you can stay at Down Hall Hotel (on a B&B basis) for £125, and watch the fireworks from the comfort of your own room – sounds tempting! – or head out to join the crowds, and enjoy complimentary hot drinks to keep you toasty.
Moggerhanger Park Fireworks Festival, Bedford, Sun 3 Nov
This Grade I-listed Georgian House within 33 acres of parkland sounds like a fab spot for some fireworks action. But before the display itself, there’s plenty of fun to be had, including funfair rides, a BBQ, plus an Illuminated Drum Parade and Live Fire Show at 5.45. Doors open at 4 and the fireworks display is at 7.
Ampthill Fireworks, Ampthill Great Park, Fri 1 Nov
Described as Bedfordshire’s biggest and best display, this volunteer-run event will have a funfair, and food stalls hawking traditional autumnal fare from toffee apples to roasted chestnuts, plus burgers, toasties and chips to warm the cockles. There’ll be a pre-show at 6.45 with the lighting of the Ampthill Beacon at 7.30 then fireworks from 8.
Luton Fireworks Spectacular, Popes Meadow, Sat 2 Nov
This free event, sponspored by Luton Airport, includes live entertainment from 7, with fairground rides, food stalls and fireworks from 7.30.
Fireworks Display and Funfair, Bedford Blues Rugby Club, Fri 1 Nov
Taking place at the home of the Bedford Blues, this display is usually a sell-out so get in there now for tickets! As well as the funfair, food stalls and outdoor bars you can sneak into the clubhouse and warm up with a coffee. Heart Radio presenter Nicky Vadera will be MCing the event, which will include a kids’ firework display, followed by fiery entertainment from Kundalini Fire in front of the Eagle Stand before the main event, put on by Firemagic, at 8. Plus, you can do it in style with a VIP dine and view package from the club’s new suite.
Houghton Regis Town Council Fireworks, Tithe Farm Recreation Ground, Sun 3 Nov
Another freebie, with rides for the littlies and food stalls. Doors open at 4 for the display at 7.
Puloxhill Fireworks, Cross Keys, Pulloxhill, 3 Nov
In the 6 acre grounds of this 16th Century inn, this annual display is organised by Ampthill Round Table, with profits going straight back to local charities. There’ll be a bonfire, stalls, a funfair and fireworks at 6.30.