Hatfield House fireworks this Saturday

PUBLISHED: 17:20 07 September 2011

Lord Salisbury and mayor Carl Storer

Lord Salisbury and mayor Carl Storer

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THE biggest fireworks display in the country is set to take place at Hatfield House this Saturday, as a finale to the stately home’s 400th anniversary celebrations.

Getting to and from Hatfield House

To avoid a repeat of the traffic chaos at Magic Summer Live there will be five car parks, all within an 15 minute walk to the Deer Park.

There will be four entrances and five exits.

See link above right for car parking map.

Replacing the traditional November 5 event, this exciting finale will be truly unique.

Visitors will view this display from the more private South Front of the Jacobean mansion, watching the explosions from the Deer Park.

Hatfield House's Nick Moorhouse told the WHT: "It is very rare, it's at least a decade since the South Front has been used for anything like a public event.

"There will not be another display like this for another 400 years, it will be that unique."

Fantastic Fireworks, based in Luton, is the firm co-ordinating the display, which will be set to music played live by The Sixteen, who will be situated in the Old Palace.

Throughout the evening they will be performing specially commissioned music, which will be broadcast to the arriving crowds.

As the clock strikes 9.45pm they will begin Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks as the once-in-a-lifetime display kicks off.

Lord Salisbury added: "We very much hope as many of our neighbours in Welwyn Hatfield as possible come on Saturday, September 10, to help us celebrate the 400th anniversary of the completion of Hatfield House.

"This is a big occasion for us.

"The central event of the weekend will be the fireworks display, which I understand will be the biggest such display this year."

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early - gates open from 7pm - bring a blanket and a picnic, to secure their spot.

As with previous November events, a fairground, food and drink stalls, and entertainment will all be on offer.

The display will also be in aid of Welwyn Hatfield mayor Carl Storer's charities, which will receive a significant donation.

Cllr Storer said he was looking forward to the event, confessing to be a bit of a firework fan.


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