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Local Firework Displays

Saturday 2nd November

Monkton Park, Chippenham
Gates open 5.00 pm, bonfire lit 6.15pm and firework display at 6.45 pm.
Refreshments and glow stick products available for purchase plus other attractions  
Gate Price:-  Adults £5.00 Children, Under 7 years FREE   Save 30 % by buying Advanced Tickets for just £3.50 each from local outlets
With money going to support local charities, organisations and disadvantaged groups
The Recreation Ground, Christian Malford
From 6.00pm, bonfire lit at 6.30pm
Bar, BBQ, mulled wine, soup, toffee apples and free sparklers for children
Advanced Ticket Price:- Adults £5.00, Children 5-16 Yrs £3.00, Under 5’s free
Gate Price:-  Adults £7.00, Children 5-16 Yrs £5.00, Under 5’s free
Tickets available from Village Shop, Chippenham Tourist Office

Beversbrook Sports Facility, Calne
Gates open 5.00pm, Firework display at 7.00pm
Food and hot drink stalls along with a fully licensed bar will be available. A much loved favourite with children on bonfire night are sparklers and this year free sparklers will be provided in our Sparkler Zone.
Advanced Ticket Price:- Adults £5.00, Children (3-15yrs) £2.50, Family (2 adults, 2 children) £12.50, Under 3’s free
Gate Price:- Adults £6.00, Children (3 -15yrs) £3.00, Family (2 adults, 2 children) £15.00, Under 3’s free
Tickets on sale at the Information Centre, Bank House, The Strand, Calne

Saturday 9th November

Neston Recreation Ground, Corsham
Advance Ticket Price:- Adults £3.50, Children £1.50
Gate Price:- Adults £4.00, Children £2.00
Tickets on sale at Oakley’s, Green Ginger, Hawthorn Stores, Café Neston

Firework Code

Young people should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance and follow the safety rules for using sparklers. Only adults should deal with firework displays and the lighting of fireworks. They should also take care of the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used.

1.    Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
2.    Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
3.    Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
4.    Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.
5.    Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
6.    Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
7.    Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
8.    Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
9.    Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
10.    Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving

Did You Know?

  • It is against the law to carry fireworks in public if you're under 18
  • Fireworks must not be sold to anyone who is under 18
  • It is an offence to let fireworks off during night hours (11pm to 7am), except on Bonfire Night (midnight), Diwali, New Year, and Chinese New Year (1am)
  • It is an offence under the Explosives Act 1875 to tamper with or modify fireworks
  • Did you know that sparklers can reach temperatures more than 15 times as hot as boiling water?
Having fireworks at home can be great fun, as long as they are used safely. Figures show more children rather than adults get hurt by fireworks. Over the past five years over 350 pre-school children, some only a year old, were treated in hospital for fireworks injuries.

Where to buy

Don’t cut corners just to save a few quid. Always buy fireworks from a reputable shop to make sure that they conform to British Standards. This means that they should have BS 7114 written on the box.

Sometimes shops open up for a short time before Bonfire Night but these may not be the best places to buy fireworks from. Staff in these shops might not be very knowledgeable about using fireworks safely and their fireworks might not meet British Standards.

Whatever you do, don’t buy fireworks from anywhere you’re not sure about, such as the back of a van or from a temporary, unlicensed market stall.

What to buy

There are different categories of fireworks. Members of the public can buy and set off most of the fireworks that come under Categories 1 to 3. These are fireworks that include those that you can use indoors, in your garden or at a display. Always read the packet carefully and make sure that the fireworks you buy are suitable for the place where you are going to set them off.

Professional fireworks

Some fireworks can only be bought and used by firework professionals. These include: air bombs; aerial shells, aerial maroons, shells-in-mortar and maroons-in-mortar; all bangers; mini rockets; fireworks with erratic flight; some Category 2 and 3 fireworks which exceed certain size limits; and all Category 4 fireworks.

Setting them off

Only one person should be in charge of fireworks. If that’s you, then make sure you take all the necessary precautions. Read the instructions in daylight and don’t drink any alcohol until they’ve all been discharged. Make your preparations in advance, and in daylight. On the night, you will need...
•    A torch
•    A bucket or two of water
•    Eye protection and gloves
•    A bucket of soft earth to put fireworks in
•    Suitable supports and launchers if you’re setting off catherine wheels or rockets. 

Protect Your Animals

Although fireworks are fun for us, they are not fun for animals. Most animals get very scared by the lights and noise, so you should take precautions to protect your pets during the times of the year when fireworks are likely to be set off.

The best thing you can do is to keep your pets indoors. This includes bringing in pets that are normally kept outside, such as rabbits or guinea pigs.

Close all of your windows and doors and try to drown out the noise as much as possible. And make sure that cats and dogs have name tags on them in case the noise scares them and they run off.

Disposal of Fireworks

Recommendations for disposal:
  • Never put fireworks, even those which are fully spent, on the bonfire.
  • Never dispose of them by burying.
  • Put fully spent fireworks (but not misfired or partly spent fireworks) in refuse receptacles.
  • Soak misfired or partly spent fireworks in a container of water in an area where they cannot be tampered with (preferably away from the display site) and contact the manufacturer or supplier for advice on disposal.