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By Nick Ames
Friday, October 28, 2011
Find out where you can catch the best whizz-bangs this Firework Night
Wondering where to go for fireworks fun this November? Then look no further. Here’s your guide to some of the biggest and best events taking place across the county for you and your friends and family.
Bonfire and Firework Event at Quex Park, Birchington, Thanet (Saturday November 5)
A charity evening presenting a 20-minute dazzling fireworks display, a 30-feet high giant bonfire and entertainment including live music, food and drink tents and fairground rides. This will be Quex Park’s fourth annual bonfire and fireworks event and the fireworks display will be supporting a number of charities, including Demelza House and AZAR, who have close links with Cancer Research UK and Tanzania. A percentage of every ticket sold will be donated to these globally recognised charities. Local bands will be performing throughout the evening, covering hits from the 60s through to the modern classics of today.
Gates open at 4pm and the displays start at 6.30pm beginning with the bonfire, and fireworks will be set off from 7.30pm. Save £2 by booking in advance, gate prices are £7 for adults and £6 for children.
Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular, Kent Life, Sandling, Maidstone (Saturday November 5)
This includes a magnificent fireworks display showcased to the rhythm of inspiring musical classics and a roaring bonfire lit by fearless fire breathers. The Kent Life Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular marks the end of the summer season and welcomes the traditions and festivities of our Kent winter. Kent Life will host this family day out with a variety of entertainment and show stopping scenes that are attractive to all ages and interests. In the midst of the fireworks there will be fun children’s fairground rides, glow stick stalls and excellent music and fire performers.
Make savings when booking tickets in advance by 4 pm on Friday November 4 with adult tickets at £8.50, concessions £7.50, children (up to 15 years) £6.50 and under 4s go in for free. Members also receive up to 50 per cent off entry if tickets are booked in advance.
Fireworks Spectacular at the Hop Farm, Paddock Wood (Saturday and Sunday November 5-6)
An extraordinary ending to the mysterious Halloween events that haunted the Hop Farm in October. The Hop Farm’s fireworks celebrations will be more extravagant than ever with two magnificent displays illuminating the farm which will fascinate young and old alike. On Saturday from 6pm, the child-friendly display will be set to magical Disney music with fewer loud bangs, and the exhilarating ‘disco inferno’ family display will take place later on at 9pm.
On Sunday there will be a lively bonfire at 5pm, followed by an exciting and energetic fireworks display set to songs from the world’s best musicals. Visitors can also add a personal touch to the festivities by bringing their own Guy Fawkes to add to the top of the bonfire.
Leeds Castle Fireworks- Out of this World!, Maidstone (Saturday and Sunday November 5-6)
Watch this world famous fireworks extravaganza amongst the beautiful and historical backdrop of Leeds Castle. The magnificent display will provide an experience like no other, performed alongside dramatic space-themed music and well known tunes from music and television. New to 2011, the fireworks will be set off from floating pontoons in the moat, creating stunning reflections in the water and spectacular illuminations around the castle and its gardens.
What makes the Leeds Castle Fireworks such an experience is the unique, family friendly entertainment that is offered alongside the fireworks. Gates open from 2pm when visitors will be treated to an open air cinema screening of a space themed film, followed by a live jazz performance by the excellent Adam Chandler. Various activities will take place on the castle grounds throughout the day, including the World of Wings free-flying bird show and many children’s activities such as Zorbing and fun fairground rides. After the exciting and dramatic build up, the fireworks display will be showcased from 5.30pm.
The Leeds Castle fireworks are proudly supported by Heart FM with entry at £18 for adults, £10 for children under 16 and under 4s go for free if reserved. Group rates are also available so please look on the website for more details. All tickets must be purchased in advance online at www.leeds-castle.com/events or by calling the box office on 01622 880008. A £2.50 booking fee is applied per transaction.
Charity Fireworks Night at Mount Ephraim, Faversham (Saturday November 5)
An exciting fireworks display set within the grounds of Mount Ephaim House and Gardens. This spectacular show will be showcased amongst the wonderful backdrop of the Edwardian house and will be complete with evening entertainment, a licensed bar and food stalls. Organised by the Dawes Community Association (DCA), the evening is a charitable event so provides the perfect reason to enjoy a traditional fireworks display. Gates open at 6pm for a 7.30pm performance and tickets can now be purchased from various outlets or online at www.dawesca.co.uk.
Dunorlan Park Fireworks, Tunbridge Wells (Saturday November 5)
A traditional annual event now since 1957, thousands flock to the picturesque gardens to watch the display, organised by the Royal Tunbridge Wells Round Table.
Gates open at 5.30pm with the event getting under way at 7pm. Supported by the borough council, ticket prices on the gate will be £7 for adults and £4 for children (under 5’s free). Adults prices are reduced by £2 and children by £1 if booked in advance. Tickets are on sale in the town’s Calverly Precinct on October 29 and November 5.
The Electric Forest, Bedgebury National Pinetum (Saturday October 22 – Sunday October 30)
As a contrast to the loud bangs of fireworks this beautiful and picturesque forest be transformed into a dazzling array of illuminations as the woods and lakes will be lit up by the award winning creative team The Forestry Commission. This is a unique and family friendly event that will allow visitors to experience the sights and sounds of Bedgebury Forest through a whole new light. Tickets are £15.50 per adult and £10 for concessions.
Firework Festival at the Riverside Leisure Area, Gravesend (Friday November 4)
The Gravesend riverside will light up for firework night with music and pyrotechnics for a free family show run by Gravesham Borough Council on Friday November 4. There will entertainment from 6pm with Stan Lee King’s Boogie Box and local band Taxi Run on the music stage from 6.45pm.
The big firework display will be launched on the river at 8pm with a contemporary music theme and there will be a range of catering outlets open including the Promenade café from 6pm.
Bonfire and Fireworks Night, The Great Lines Heritage Park, Gillingham (Saturday November 5)
Medway Council’s free yearly bonfire and fireworks event is a safe and organised display, perfect for a family friendly celebration. This impressive event attracts 50,000 visitors a year and has a variety of stalls for visitors to enjoy, including traditional food and drink. Gates open at 7pm for a 7.30pm show time.
The Mayor of Medway, Ted Baker, will light the giant bonfire, refreshments will be on sale throughout the evening and the event will finish at 8pm.
Visitors are asked not to bring their own fireworks, sparklers or pets. There are no parking or toilet facilities on the site.
Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “The Great Lines fireworks display allows people to have not just a fun evening but also a safe one – and it’s also free. And once again the Royal Engineers have kindly volunteered to build the big bonfire for us, so we thank them very much for their continued support”.
Fireworks Extravaganza, St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury (Friday November 4)
Promising to be bigger and better than ever before, the annual fireworks event at the headquarters of Kent County Cricket Club features a host of entertainment this year. Featuring live music from James Kirby, the Absolute ABBA Girls and the Da Vinci Dance Troop, there are also fairground rides, free face painting and a kids’ fancy dress competition.
Gates open at 6pm. Fireworks get under way at 8.20pm
Tickets bought in advance cost £6 for adults and £3 for children between two and 14. Purchase online via the club’s website, www.kentccc.com or in person from the Kent Cricket Shop at the St Lawrence Ground or from Blean Village Londis.
Edenbridge Bonfire Society, Edenbridge (Saturday, November 5)
Perhaps Kent’s most famous annual event, Edenbridge has become synonmous with bonfire night primarily courtesy of its high-profile celebrity Guy which attracts widespread media attention. Details of this year’s remain a tightly-kept secret until the days leading up to the event.
But it is the procession following by bonfire and fireworks which draw in the crowds each and every year.
Tickets cost £6 in advance or £7 on the gate for adults - £3 for children.
For details: www.edenbridgebonfire.co.uk.