Bonfire Night is fast approaching and many Hertfordshire towns will be hosting events this Sunday (November 5) to celebrate. The event – to celebrate Guy Fawkes’ failed gunpowder plot from November 5, 1605 – aims to attract communities together across several Herts towns over the upcoming weekend.
As organisers prepare sparklers, fireworks, and toffee apples, our skies will soon come alive with colour and loud bangs. Many of our towns across the county will provide stunning displays that will not disappoint.
Some Bonfire night events charge residents to watch their eye-catching displays, while others are free of charge. With this in mind, here is a round-up of all the firework events taking place cross Hertfordshire to celebrate Bonfire Night.
Let us know in the comments section below if there are other events across the county you’ll be visiting! Here are some firework events taking place across Hertfordshire:
When: Sunday, November 5 gates open at 3pm
Baldock’s community fireworks display will take place at St Mary’s School Baldock. There will lots of entertainment, stalls, food vans, fairground rides and more.
The event takes place on November 5, as gates open at 3pm and the event will begin at 5.45pm. Tickets are priced at £8 each (£10 on the door), where residents can purchase tickets here and under-three’s are free of charge.
You will need to show a unique QR Code in a PDF document upon arrival or get it printed out to gain entry to the event. No dogs or sparklers are allowed to be taken onto the site.
When: Saturday, November 4 gates open at 6pm
Berkhamsted’s fireworks event will take place Berkhamsted Rotary. The 20-minute professional display will be put on by Classic Fireworks and it is linked to music, lighting and lasers to create a fun show for residents.
The event takes place on November 5 and there will be a barbecue and a bar, as residents are encouraged to come down early to enjoy the fun. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults, £7 for children and £28 for family tickets.
The event aims to help Rotary raise money for the community. To purchase tickets for the event, click here.
When: Saturday, November 4 at 5pm and Sunday, November 5 at 5.30pm
Bishop’s Stortford residents will be celebrating Bonfire Night at two different venues over the weekend. The first event will take place on Saturday, November 4 at Bishop’s Stortford Rugby Club.
Gates will open at 5pm and the event will provide a children’s fun fair, a bar, hot drinks, a sweet shop, freshly cooked BBQ, kids light toys, plus complimentary DJ and two live bands to enjoy. Tickets are priced at £7 for adults, £4.50 for children, and £19.25 for a family ticket.
There will be stilt walkers and a fire act before the main display at 7pm, and the DJ and band’s will continue to play for around one and a half hours after it ends. To buy tickets for the event, click here.
The second event will take place the following day on Sunday, November 5 at Parsonage Park. The gates for the event will open at 5.30pm and the fireworks due to start at around 6.30pm.
Unlike many other fireworks displays, this event is not ticketed but a donation on the gate is requested to help the organiser’s cover costs with any extra money being donated to charities in the Hertfordshire town. Residents will be able to purchase teas and coffees and a bar will also be running on the night.
Food will also be provided from Smoke BBQ Kitchen and Ques Idea Mexican Kitchen, who will offer hot food and R&C Catering providing sweets, candy floss and other tasty treats. For more information about the event, click here.
When: Sunday, November 5 at 4pm
A Bushey fireworks display event will take place at Metropolitan Bushey on Sunday, November 5. The spectacular show will feature act Supersonic Queen, and there will be lots to keep residents entertained such as a funfair, stalls, food, and a bar.
The doors will open for the fun fair at 4pm, with the Queen Tribute show taking place on stage at 5pm. The fireworks display will start at 5pm and is set to finish at 8pm.
Tickets are priced at £7 for adults and £4 for children (3 to 12 years old) for final online release. On the gate, there will be limited tickets available for adults at £10 and children at £5. For more information, click here.
When: Friday, November 3 gates open at 6pm
Hemel Hempstead residents and those from surrounding areas will be able to enjoy the family firework event on Friday, November 3. The event will take place at Hobbs Hill Wood Primary School, with a new display and display team this year.
The gates will open at 6pm, where drinks will be available for residents to purchase, and the fireworks display will begin at 7pm. Residents will enjoy stunning aerial shells that “burst high above the ground” with spectacular effects that you can both see and feel.
The display will be fired by the popular Fireburst Fireworks team with trained operators, and this is a joint event put on by 1st Leverstock Green Scouts and Hobbs Hill Wood Primary School.
Tickets are priced at £5 for adults, £4 for children (aged 3 to 15), and £16 for a family ticket while under 3’s are free of charge. To purchase tickets, click here.
Letchworth Garden City
When: Friday, November 3 gates open at 5.30pm
Letchworth Garden City residents will be able to enjoy an impressive display of fireworks on Friday, November 3. The event will take place at Letchworth Garden City Rugby Club, as gates open at 5.30pm.
Residents will experience an captivating night with a “mesmerising” bonfire and “dazzling” fireworks set from 7.30pm. There will be the opportunity to enjoy hot food, drinks, and a stocked bar, as well as thrilling fair rides, unique stalls.
There will also be live music at the clubhouse at 8pm to add excitement to the event. The event is organised in aid of Garden House Hospice Care, a charity that offers much-needed support and care to those in need.
Tickets are priced at £8 for adults, £5 for children (under 16), and they might be available at the door but only if the event is not sold out. Tickets can be purchased from Garden House Hospice Shops (Letchworth, Baldock and Fairfield Park), David’s Record Shop, Café Luna Baldock and Letchworth Rugby Club bar. Adult tickets will be £10 on the door and, for more information, click here.
When: Saturday, November 4 gates open from 6pm
A “spectacular” display is set to take place in St Albans on November 4. The event will be held at in Verulamium Park, where gates will open from 6pm and the fireworks will begin at 7.30pm.
The event will also be in aid of charities Youth Talk and Open Door St Albans. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults (£7.50 early bird), £5 for children over five (£4 early bird), or a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) for £25 (£17.50 early bird).
Early bird ticket prices end at 10am on the Friday, November 3. For more information, visit the St Albans Cathedral website here.
When: Sunday, November 5 gates open a 6.30pm
Stevenage’s annual fireworks display will be taking place on Saturday, November 5. It is a free event that will take place at Fairlands Valley Park, when gates open at 6.30pm.
Resident will be able to enjoy the hot food and refreshment vendors on offer to keep you warm on a cold winter’s evening. The fireworks display will start at 7.30pm, and the event is funded and organised by Stevenage Borough Council, who has advised residents to avoid driving if possible.
However, parking will be available at the South Field Car Park (opposite Stevenage FC stadium) or in the town centre car parks if you must drive. Parking at Marriotts School Sports Centre is also only available to those who need accessibility parking for the Fairland’s Fireworks Display.
It is not a public car park and there are limited spaces available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, visit the Marriotts Sports Centre Facebook Page here.
Visitors are asked not to bring their own fireworks or sparklers to the display for health and safety reasons. Visitors are also advised not to buy from street traders or hawkers at the event, as they have not been accredited by Stevenage Borough Council.
Residents should avoid crossing Six Hills Way – which is a high-speed road – and there are pedestrian underpasses available, as Security Stewards will be ready to direct you to the underpass. Any vehicles parked on double yellow lines and grass verges will risk being towed away.
When: Saturday, November 4 gates open at 5.30pm
Ware and Hertford residents will be able to enjoy their impressive display on Saturday, November 4. The event – originally ran by Ware Round Table but more recently by four Rotary Clubs – will be held at the corner of High Oak Road and Kingsway in Ware.
The display is provided by Fantastic Fireworks and will be set to music. There will be a bonfire and stalls selling hot food and drinks, as well as a mini funfair.
The gates will open at 5.30pm, the bonfire will be lit at around 6.30pm, and the fireworks display is scheduled to start at 7pm. Tickets can either be purchased at the event or you can save money by buying them at a 20 per cent discount online.
They are priced online at £8 for adults, £4 for children (under-12), and £20 for family tickets. At the event, it will cost £10 for adults, £5 for children (under-12), and £25 for family tickets.
Other combinations are on offer on the Rotary Ware Fireworks Display website here. However, there is no parking at the venue and the public are advised to use the town centre car parks.
When: Saturday, November 4
Watford residents will be able to enjoy Hertfordshire’s largest free fireworks display on Saturday, November 4. The event – organised by Watford Borough Council – will take place at Cassiobury Park in Watford.
Frontier Fireworks are set to light fireworks across the night sky with a completely new design of show. This “amazing” spectacle will reach heights of up to 850-feet in the night sky, while wide flanks of cakes are going to fill the sky.
A spokesperson for Frontier Fireworks said: “Special effects to look out for are our long burning golden willows that have multicolour stars at the end of each strand of golden star, silver swimming stars that race across the sky, bright colour crossettes that split and dart in different directions and a huge audience favourite.
“We are bringing our special Double Dragon Eggs shells and cakes back to Watford that fill the sky with crackling tumbling stars that look stunning. To take your breath away this year, we are going to race through hundreds of shots combined with shells for our pre finale before unleashing a special Frontier Fireworks finale of red strobe stars and golden brocade stars that will look simply stunning in the park. We hope to see you all in Watford for a glittering night out.”
Vibe 107.6FM will also be keeping the crowds entertained on stage from 6pm with live music from Pat and the Butchers, and the spectacular fireworks display will start at 7.30pm. There will be many food and drink outlets, children’s funfair rides, bungee trampolines, and a bouncy slide for young families to make the most of before the main display.
Watford Lions Club and other collectors will be trying to raise money for charity. If you cannot make the event or cannot find the collectors on the night, you can donate on their JustGiving page here.
There is no parking in the Gade Avenue car park from 3pm, apart from a small number of blue badge spaces, which are available on a first come, first served basis. There are parking restrictions on surrounding roads to the park from 7am to 11pm, as residents are advised to park in one of the public car parks in the town centre.