Top fun with your little sparklers
WITH BONFIRE NIGHT ALMOST UPON US, JUSTINE HALIFAX POINTS US IN THE DIRECTION OF SOME OF THE REGION’S BEST CELEBRATIONS OVER THE COMING FORTNIGHT
Where: Tudor Grange Park, Solihull When: Saturday, November 4. Gates open 5.30pm, display starts 6.30pm Tickets: Free event
This popular annual charity fundraising event is run by Solihull Round Table.
It is a family- orientated event with entertainment to suit visitors of all ages.
Although admission is free, donations are encouraged, as the event is staged to raise money for local charities.
SOLIHULL FIREWORKS AT OLD EDWARDIANS
Where: Old Edwardian ( Rugby Club), Streetsbrook Road, Solihull When: Saturday, November 4, from 7pm until 10pm Price: £ 5 each on the door, with accompanied children, aged under 12, free
This event will feature an outdoor real ale bar along with a barbecue and hog roast.
There will be fairground activities along with the fireworks and bonfire.
Gates will open at 6.30pm with the bonfire lit at 7.30pm followed by the fireworks display.
FAMILY FIREWORKS AT ARDEN
When: Arden Academy, Station Road, Knowle When: Saturday, November 4, from 5pm Price: From £ 3, cheapest tickets are those purchased in advance
This event is organised by Arden PTFA and will include fireworks as well as music, real ale and mulled wine bar, jacket potatoes and other hot food as well as various stalls. Gates open at 5pm, junior display at 6pm, main display at 7.15pm.
Where: Hogarths Hotel, Four Ashes Road, Dorridge When: Friday, November 3, from 5pm until 9pm, fireworks at 7.30pm Price: £ 5 entry, with under 2s free
This family garden party event will feature a food hut, drink stalls and live music.
It will include Hogarths sweet stall, facepainter, candy floss, lightup toys, Rascals toy shop, Osbourne pop- up children’s book store, Mindful Crafts, an inflatable assault course and a brilliant bouncy castle.
The evening’s entertainment will start at 5pm with the firework display at 7.30pm.
Proceeds to local charity Help Harry Help Others.
DRAYTON MANOR SCI- FI TAMWORTH’S FREE FIREWORK EXTRAVAGANZA
Where: Tamworth Castle Pleasure Grounds, Tamworth When: Saturday, November 4, 8pm
The fun starts at 6pm and the event will include fire performers, face painting, a sparkler zone, family activities, food stalls and the fair.
The climax of the event will be a 20- minute pyrotechnic display set to music from 8pm.
As the event is expected to be incredibly popular, people are advised to walk or use public transport to the Castle Grounds where possible.
Limited free parking will be available at Tamworth town centre car parks from 6pm.
FIREWORKS AT THE PARK
Where: Alton Towers Theme Park, Alton, Staffordshire When: Saturday, November 4, and Sunday, November 5 Tickets: From £ 27.50.
This year Alton Towers bosses are promising that its annual Bonfire Night celebration will both “dazzle and delight”.
Details of this year’s theme have yet to be revealed but this annual event is regarded as one of the UK’s largest multi- media fireworks displays.
It usually lasts 20 minutes with fireworks choreographed to music. Alton Towers’ fireworks display is expected to start at 7pm and in previous years park rides have stayed open until 9pm.
Where: West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley, Worcestershire, When: Saturday, November 4, and Sunday, November 5 Tickets: From £ 15 – up to half price early bird deals also available
West Midlands Safari Park bosses are promising that its Festival Fireworks weekend will feature “spectacular fireworks and bonfire” as well as late- night rides and themed music in what promises to be a brilliant event.
Other park attractions will also be open, including Land of the Living Dinosaurs, Mark O’Shea’s Reptile World, Twilight Cave, SeaQuarium, Creepy Crawlies.
The bonfire will be set alight at 5.45pm.
The firework display will start at 6.30pm and the park and rides will close at 9pm.
FIREWORKS AT THE HALL
Where: Himley Hall, Dudley When: Saturday, November 4. Gates open 4.30pm, bonfire lit 7.45pm, fireworks 8.30pm Tickets: From £ 4.40
This is billed as being the largest local authority fireworks display in the country.
Organisers say that the theme will be revealed nearer to the date. But what we can tell you is that the gates open at 4.30pm, the bonfire will be lit at 7.45pm, and the choreographed firework display will light up the sky over Himley Hall at 8.30pm.
WYTHALL BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS
Where: Wythall Community Association, Wythall Park, Silver Street When: Saturday, November 4, from 6pm Prices: Tickets bought in advance £ 6 for adults aged 11 and over, or on the door £ 7.50, under 10s free
The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm and there will be a funfair and food concessions.
This event is unusual it that it will feature two firework displays. The first will be at 7.30pm, and this is usually a quieter one traditionally designed for younger visitors, while the second one, at 8.30pm, is usually a bit noisier. But it’s not been confirmed if this is the same for the 2017 event.
WALSALL ARBORETUM BONFIRE & FIREWORKS DISPLAY
Where: Walsall Arboretum, Lichfield Street, Walsall WS4 2BU When: Sunday, November 5
As in previous years, Free Radio is set to be a part of the event and there will be a bonfire and fireworks display, fairground, catering stalls and walkabout entertainment too.
LITTLE HAY MINIATURE RAILWAY BONFIRE NIGHT
Where: Sutton Coldfield Model Engineering Society Ltd, Balleny Green, Little Hay, Shenstone When: Saturday, November 11, 6pm- 9pm
Gates open for this public event at 6pm and last year the event featured unlimited free train rides.
The bonfire is expected to be lit at around 6.15pm and the fireworks display at around 7.15pm, as in previous year’s but exact details have yet to be confirmed by the organisers.
WOLVERHAMPTON BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS NIGHT
Where: Wolverhampton Racecourse, Gorsebrook Road, Wolverhampton When: Saturday, November 4, from 5pm Tickets: bought in advance will be priced £ 5 for adults, £ 3 for children, but if bought on the gate £ 6 for adults, £ 4 for children.
The night will begin with the children’s display at 6.30pm, with the main fireworks display will be at 8.30pm. The Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Elias Mattu, will have the job of officially lighting the bonfire. Expect fairground rides, a food court and bars.
WESTON PARK BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS
Where: Weston Park, Westonunder- Lizard, Shifnal When: Sunday, November 5, from 5.30pm
Tickets and parking: You can get the best prices if you buy tickets in advance. £ 15 per car in advance (+ 75p booking fee. Up to six people per car), £ 20 per car on the gate ( up to 6 people per car). One of the largest and most spectacular bonfire celebrations in the West Midlands with entertainment for the whole family. The giant bonfire is lit at 5.30pm with two fireworks displays rocketing into action at 6pm and 7.30pm.
BONFIRE NIGHT WITH NO FIREWORKS
Where: Avoncroft Museum, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, B60 4JR When: Saturday, November 4, and Sunday, November 5, both from 3pm, with bonfire expected to be lit at around 7pm Tickets: £ 3 per person
This is a traditional bonfire party that actually ignores the need for fireworks. This is ideal for younger visitors or anybody who doesn’t appreciate the loud bangs. But it does come complete with a Guy Fawkes and a bonfire - just definitely no fireworks. Youngsters will be able to create firework crafts and help build our guy from 3pm, then join us round the bonfire as night falls. And to keep rumbling tummy’s full there will also be a barbecue. The bonfire is expected to be lit at 7pm. Tickets can be brought from the museum shop or by calling 01527 889970.
Where: Dartmouth Park, Lloyd Street, West Bromwich ( near Sandwell Valley), B71 4AH When: Saturday, November 4, from 5pm Tickets: Online price adults £ 5, children aged 2 to 17 £ 2, with under 2s free. A family ticket ( 2 adults and up to 3 children) is £ 10.
Sandwell Council’s annual bonfire event will see doors open at 5pm, the bonfire lit at 6.30pm, and the fireworks display will start at 7.45pm. The council’s advice is to park in the town centre.
A fireworks spectacular at West Midlands Safari Park
Tamworth Castle, top, and Himley Hall will both be popular with families for Bonfire Night celebrations