2020 hasn’t exactly been a sparkler of a year – and anyone hoping for some fireworks to turn it around might be disappointed.
As we get closer to Guy Fawkes Night, many local towns and councils have extinguished the hopes for a bonfire and fireworks display.
However, it isn’t a total wash-out across the country, as there will be some drive-thru firework displays in their place if you want to see in Bonfire Night with a bang.
Each year, on or around Bonfire Night, many places put on amazing, awe-inspiring fireworks shows to remember, remember the fifth of November.
With Covid, many of the well-known annual celebrations – including London’s Alexandra Palace – have cancelled the displays.
However, here’s where you can still catch the sky being lit up from the comfort of your own car.
Organisers of the Newark Showground event have confirmed a huge drive-thru display will go ahead, complete with music.
The organisers claim it will be the biggest in the county, with around 4,000 people able to attend.
In a statement, Martin Allen, of event organisers Entertainment Effects Group Ltd said: ‘We are really excited to be able to provide our choreographed display to the residents of Newark.
‘The audience can view from a covid-safe viewing area next to their car, where they can shelter from the November weather if need be.
‘With the unique element of having the radio broadcasting directly to each vehicle it will enable everyone to engage with the event and enjoy the stunning display.’
Ticket cost £25 per car, £20 early bird, or £35 for the VIP viewing, from www.driveinfireworks.uk.
The event on Saturday, November 7, will see gates open at 5pm accompanied by a two-hour radio broadcast on 103.2 PCRFM with the station’s Kev Lawrence.
Folks looking to make Bonfire Night lit are in luck if they’re near Devon – Westpoint in Exeter will have a drive-in firework display organised by Celebration Pyrotechnics, who have 30 years of experience of crafting spectacular firework events in the area.
Tom Bricknell from Celebration Pyrotechnics said: ‘With bonfire night events in Devon unfortunately cancelled, we are pleased that our drive-in format will allow us to stage an awe-inspiring, professional display for firework loving families to enjoy.
‘The event is designed to provide families a safe, social distancing compliant environment to enjoy what will be one of the biggest and best fireworks displays that Devon has seen.’
Taking place on Sunday, November 1 at Wadebridge’s Royal Cornwall Showground, Celebration Pyrotechnics are also overseeing this event.
A selection of local food and drink providers will be on hand to serve up a winter warmer menu, including some firework themed pizzas, to complete the traditional bonfire night experience.
Tickets are available online, starting from £30 for one car that can hold up to five occupants.
The show will be held at Park Vale Running Track on Walney for three nights on November 5, 6 and 7.
A spokesman for Laser Lights Alive said in a statement: ‘We are proud to be offering the local community a drive-in fireworks extravaganza. This display will be much different from anything you have seen before.
‘This year not only will you see an amazing fireworks display, you will also get the benefit of having a laser show coupled up with smoke and flames.’
There will be two nights of firework fun in Essex, with Kings Farm hosting a drive-thru display on November 7 and 8.
Essex Live reports that there will also be a selection of food and drink available on the night, including hot dogs, burgers, hog roasts and more.
Sweet treats will also be available for those in need of a sugar fix, including doughnuts and crepes and hot chocolate to ward off the chilly November weather.
To keep safe, everyone must book a ticket online ahead of time, and will be allocated a parking bay.
This means you have plenty of space to sit out and watch the fireworks if you don’t want to stay in your car.
Before the event day you will receive a separate email with the option to pre-order food and drink.
For the 5pm, doors open at 3pm with last entry at 4:30pm. The display will start at exactly 5pm. You will be directed off site at 5:30pm.
For the 8pm, doors open at 6pm with last entry at 7:30pm. The display will start at exactly 8pm. You will be directed off site at 8:30pm.
More events might be announced closer to your area. Keep checking your local press for updates.
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