Firework displays in Welwyn Hatfield and across Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 19:43 19 October 2011

Fireworks in front of Hatfield House

Fireworks in front of Hatfield House

Casey Gutteridge, CPG Photography

REMEMBER, remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot... Bonfire Night is fast approaching and a series of huge firework displays are being arranged in Welwyn Hatfield and across Hertfordshire to mark the occasion.

Guy Fawkes celebrations will be held across the county on Saturday, November 5, with displays in Potters Bar, St Albans, Hertford, Hitchin, Ware and Stevenage.

There will also be displays on the Sunday in Cheshunt, Harpenden and Chiswell Green near St Albans.

However, there will be NO large public display at Hatfield House in 2011, after the stately home’s 400th anniversary fireworks spectacular last month.

The annual Bonfire Night display is expected to return in 2012.

* Fireworks will light up the night sky above Welwyn Garden City Football Club at Herns Way, off Herns Lane, on Friday, November 4.

Back by popular demand, the Citizens’ fireworks party will be held at the club’s ground with gates opening at 7pm.

Tickets may be purchased on the door at £3 per adult and £2 per child under 16.

Hot food and drinks will be available in the clubhouse.

* The annual Brookmans Park Rotary and Little Heath School fireworks event will once again be held in Potters Bar.

Always a high point on the school calendar, the display takes place at School Road on Saturday, November 5.

Gates open at 6pm, with the bonfire lighting at 6.45pm and the fireworks at 7.30pm.

Organised by Little Heath School PTA in conjunction with the Rotary Club, last year’s display attracted around 2,000 people, raising more than £4,000 for the school and local charities.

The cash helped pay for the revamp of the library area and the purchase of new desktop computers for the IT suite.

Adult ticket prices in advance are £5.50 and children £2.50 – go to the school’s website for more details.

The price on the gate is £6 for adults and £3 for children. Under 5s getting in for free.

* One of Hertfordshire’s largest explosions of pyrotechnics in 2011 will be seen above Verulamium Park in St Albans.

Organised by the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Albans, the St Albans spectacular will take place on Guy Fawkes’ Day in aid of RNLI and local charities.

Fantastic Fireworks of Redbourn – the company behind September’s magnificent Hatfield House fireworks extravaganza – is once again putting on the St Albans show.

Gates to the park open at 6pm and the display will start around 7.30pm, with an estimated 15,000 expected to attend, depending on the weather.

Tickets cost £5 for adults and £2 for children and senior citizens.

A family ticket for two adults and two children under 16 costs £10.

Tickets are available in advance from the Alban Arena box office on 01727 844488 or via www.alban-arena.co.uk, online booking fee applies.

* In Stevenage, there will be the traditional fireworks display at Fairlands Valley Park, in Six Hills Way, on November 5 from 7.30pm.

Entry to the dazzling 30-minute display is free, but members of the public are asked not to take fireworks or sparklers for safety reasons.

There is also plenty of free car parking opposite Stevenage FC’s ground in Broadhall Way.

* Over in Hertford, there’s fireworks galore at another school display on November 5.

There will be a firework frenzy at The Sele School to mark the failure of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

Gates to the Welwyn Road school open at 5.30pm, with the bonfire lit at 6.15pm, followed by the fireworks display from 7pm.

The evening will also feature a display from the Army Cadets and performances from school student cheerleaders, street dancers and a rock band.

Hot food and drinks will be on sale on the night, but no alcohol, sparklers or other fireworks are allowed on site.

Tickets cost £4 for adults, £2 for children, and £10 for a family (2+2).

Children are aged three to 16, and under 3s go free.

* The 2011 Rotary Club of Ware firework display will take place on Guy Fawkes’ Night itself in its usual venue.

Now in its 40th year, almost 5,000 people turned up on the corner of High Oak Road and Kingsway last year to celebrate Bonfire Night and enjoy the fireworks and bonfire.

Gates will open in 2011 at 5.30pm. The bonfire will be lit around 6.30pm and the firework display should begin around 7pm.

Ticket prices are being held for the sixth year running, with adults getting in for £4 and children under 14 £2. A family ticket for four costs £10.

The popular display is once again organised by the three Rotary Clubs that meet in Ware – Amwell, Ware and Hertford Shires.

* Blueharts Hockey Club will be the place to be in Hitchin for your fireworks fix.

The Lucas Lane club’s bonfire party, like most others in the county, is on Saturday, November 5.

Gates open at 6.45pm with the fireworks set off to music from 8pm.

Tickets cost £6 for adults and £4 for children under 14, with a family ticket for two adults and two children costing £18.

As well as the fireworks and bonfire, there will also be refreshments available, an outside bar and barbecue.

* Cheshunt’s annual Festival of Fireworks will take place a day later than the other major displays in the region, being held on Sunday, November 6.

Gates to Cheshunt Park, in Park Lane, open at 4.30pm and there will be traditional fun for all the family before a stunning ‘Sporting Legends’ themed firework display choreographed to music by award-winning company Frontier Fireworks.

As well as a giant bonfire, there will also be a funfair and food stalls.

For safety reasons, no sparklers, fireworks or alcohol may be brought into the park.

Free car parking is available at the Brookfield Centre from 4pm.

Advanced booking single tickets are £4 and groups of four £14. It’s free for under twos.

On the night, single tickets cost £6 and it’s £20 for a group of four.

Online booking at www.broxbourne.gov.uk is available until midnight on October 30 or call the box office on 01992 441946.

* Harpenden Rugby Club is another venue hosting its fireworks night on Sunday, November 6.

Gates to the Redbourn Lane club open at 4pm and adult tickets cost £8, children pay £5 and a family ticket, admitting two adults and up to four children under 16, is priced £20.

* There will also be fireworks at Butterfly World in Chiswell Green, near St Albans, on the Sunday.

Gates to the tourist attraction in Miriam Lane, off Noke Lane, open at 5pm on November 6 and the fireworks will illuminate the sky from 6.30pm.

Tickets cost £5 and can be booked on 01727 869203.

* Although technically not a ‘Bonfire Night’ bash, there will also be fireworks at Rye House Speedway Stadium in Hoddesdon on Sunday, October 30.

Speedway team the Rockets host their traditional end-of-season fireworks finale a week before Guy Fawkes’ Day following the Ace of Herts individual championship, which starts at 6pm.

Normal meeting admission prices apply for the season climax and huge firework display, with adult tickets costing £16, seniors £14, children over 11 and 16 £5 and it’s free for kids under 11.


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