Firework displays in Kent 2018
Is your family fired up for fireworks night?
There are plenty of organised displays and events taking place across the county in sports grounds, school grounds, parks and attractions.
A firecracker of a run down here:
Ashford Rugby Club
This year's display takes place at the club in Canterbury Road, Kennington, on Saturday, November 3. Gates open at 5pm with the mega bonfire being lit at 7pm. The display starts at 7.30pm. There will also be three outdoor bars, food stalls and real ales.
To book, go to ashfordrugbyclubboxoffice.co.uk.
Bearsted, near Maidstone
The fireworks spectacular will be held on Friday, November 2 at Elizabeth Harvie Field, behind Holy Cross Church, with gates open at 6pm and the display starting at 7.30pm.
Brands Hatch, West Kingsdown
Sparks will fly on and off the track for the annual Truck Racing and Fireworks spectacular on Sunday, November 4.
There will be a longer pyrotechnic display and, unique to the Brands Hatch display is the 'twilight convoy' which sees HGVs take to the circuit with lights ablaze as the fireworks take to the sky. The event includes circus workshops, music and stunt shows plus free dinosaur shows. Track action will be headlined by British Truck Racing, with support races too. The fireworks start at around 5pm. Advanced admission is £20 for the full day, reduced tickets for 13 to 15-year-olds and under 13s can go free. These can be bought here. Tickets bought at the gate will be £25 for adults.
Brenchley and Matfield
There will be a family fireworks display on Brenchley Memorial Hall Field on Friday, November 2 between 5.30pm and 8pm, hosted by the Brenchley and Matfield School PTFA. Tickets available from Brenchley Post Office and Grays.
Brenchley and Matfield
The family-friendly bonfire and fireworks display with stalls offering hot food and drink and plenty of flashing gear for the kids will be on Saturday, November 3. Tickets are on sale at Tulip Tearooms, Majestic Flowers, Londis, the Plough and Harrow, the Red Lion, the post office and the school office. The event runs at Bridge recreation ground in Riverside Close from 5.30pm to 8pm. Children pay £3, adults £6 and families £6. Email Bridgeschoolpta@gmail.com for more details.
Central Park, Dartford
Dartford Lions' displays will be in Central Park on Saturday, November 3. A funfair opens at 5pm and the bonfire will be lit at 7.30pm, with the fireworks getting under way at 8pm. Tickets cost £6 and £3 for children. Tickets are on sale in local shops. For more, click here.
Doddington near Sittingbourne
Doddington's display will be on Saturday, November 3 in aid of Doddington Village Hall. The popular event, which has been running for about 25 years, will have burgers, a sparkler area, refreshments and a licensed bar, with gates open at 5.30pm; the bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm and the fireworks will be at 7pm. Admission is £6, £2 children, and under 5s are free. There is marshalled parking ample good parking.
The fireworks spectacular attracted 10,000 people last year to the amphitheatre of Dunorlan Park. This year the event will be held on Saturday, November 3, when there will be food, drink and rides as well as the display, organised by the local Round Table. Gates open at 5.30pm with the fireworks - which last for 25 minutes - starting at 7pm. Advance tickets cost £6 and £4 for children. Due to its popularity, organisers recommend buying your tickets online rather than on the gate. More details at rtwrt.org There is no parking at the park, so either walk or park in the town centre car parks.
Edenbridge bonfire and fireworks
The annual Edenbridge bonfire celebration has become well known for it effigies of famous figures in the news. In 2016 it was Donald Trump, the then presidential candidate, holding the head of rival Hillary Clinton and last year it was Harvey Weinstein as the celebrity effigy. This year's bonfire will be held on Saturday, November 3, but who the guy will mimic is a closely-guarded secret until shortly before. All roads into Edenbridge will be closed at 6pm, with a parade and torchlit procession heading from Fircroft Way at 6.30pm. There is free parking at Edenbridge Leisure Centre and the Market Yard car park. For details go to edenbridgebonfire.co.uk
The town's annual fireworks spectacular has had to be postponed.
Great Lines Gillingham
Medway's biggest free annual bonfire and firework display at the Great Lines Heritage Park attracts thousands of spectators every year. This year's event will be on Saturday, November 3 from 5pm. There will be no on-site parking or toilets on the night. For details click here.
Hampton Primary School, Herne Bay
The fireworks at the school in Fitzgerald Avenue, Herne Bay will be on Friday, October 26. Gates open at 5.30pm with funfair rides, doughnuts, hot food and refreshments. The display will be at 7pm. Tickets at £4 (under threes are free) can be bought from shops in Herne Bay (the Hippodrome, Kids Korner, the Activity Box, Charlady's, Hampton Stores, Wall Street News and The Green Room in Beltinge). Tickets are not available from the school during half term. On the day tickets will be £6. The event is run by the Hampton School PTA raising funds for the school.
Hop Farm Family Park, Paddock Wood
The fireworks will be held over two nights with a kids themed display on Friday, October 26 - with less loud bangs - and on Saturday, October 27. On the Friday, gates open at 4.30pm, with the display at 7pm, while on the Saturday gates open at 5pm, with the display at 7.30pm. There will be a funfair, the cost of rides are not included in the ticket price. The park's attractions will also be open during the day before the display. Entry is £7 in advance and £10 on the gate, with under ones free. To book go to the website.
Kent Life, Maidstone
Fire breathers will light the mesmerising bonfire on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4, ahead of the spectacular display. The evening will be entertaining for all ages with activities including face painting, children’s fairground rides, glow sticks galore and plenty of food and drink. The bonfire will be lit at 6.15pm followed by a themed fireworks display at 6.45pm. Last admission will be at 6pm. Tickets are £12 for adults and £10 for three to 15-year-olds. For details go here.
Kent Cricket, Spitfire Ground, Canterbury
Remember, remember... Kent Cricket's annual fireworks display at the St Lawrence Ground will be held on Monday, November 5, with entertainment from 5.30pm, including a funfair and live music, in association with kmfm. Tickets cost £8 (£10 on the gate) £4 for ages two to 14 (£5 on the gate) and £20 for a family (or £25 on the gate) and can be bought here.
Kenward Trust, Yalding
The fireworks fun at the charity near Maidstone is on Thursday, November 8, with gates open at 4.30pm and the fireworks from 7.30pm. There will also be children's fairground rides. Entry is £8, £5 for under 12s and £20 for two adults and two children. To buy your tickets click here.
Leeds Castle, Maidstone
The fireworks displays at the castle on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4 this year will be to the theme of dancing. Children can enjoy the display while singing and dancing along to songs from their favourite films including I like to Move It and Just Dance. In the afternoon there will be live music from singer Adam Chandler and fairground rides. The fireworks fun starts from 5.30pm. To book tickets click here.
Lydden Hill Race Circuit
MotorMania on Saturday, November 3 will be an action packed day of track action followed by fireworks from 5pm. On-track action will include saloons, modified cars, and single seaters, hot rods, stock rods, euro rods, junior rods, and open saloons with admission and the fireworks the climax of the event. Alongside the track action there will be car, bike and sidecar displays as well as a show 'n' shine competition. For more details click here.
Maidstone Grammar School, Barton Road
The Maidstone Grammar School Parents' Association will stage its annual fireworks night on Saturday, November 3. There will be a pizza stall, gourmet grill, burger bar and glow sticks, with fireworks from 7pm. Gates at West Park Road open at 6pm, entry is £25 for a family of two adults and three children. There is parking at the leisure centre nearby costing £3.
Minterne School Fireworks Night, Sittingbourne
The annual fireworks display takes place this year on Friday, November 9. Doors open at 6.15pm and fireworks are from 7pm. There will be food, hot drinks and glows to accompany the display. Tickets are available in advanced from the school office and at The Oaks office. Children under 3 go free!
New Ash Green
The fireworks & bonfire night organised by New Ash Green Social Committee will be on Saturday, November 3 on the Meadow, DA3 8RH. Tickets are on sale for £4, with under threes free. Tickets will be £6 on the gate. You can get advance tickets from the Pavilion, Hartley Estates, Pets' Pantry and the Village Association Office. Gates open at 5.30pm, with the display starting around 7pm. For more information click here.
Offham near West Malling
The fireworks at Offham School in Church Lane, Offham will be on Sunday, November 4 from 5pm to 8pm. There will be a Guy Fawkes parade, celebrity bonfire lighting, huge display set to music (by award winning Phoenix fireworks) a fairground, hot food, drinks, beer and wine tent, glow stall, beauty tombola, chocolate tombola and face painting. Tickets cost £3 for children, £5 for adults, £15 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 children). Tickets from Offham School office on 01732 842355), Spadeworks Offham and the King’s Arms Offham.
Quex Park near Birchington
The annual display at the Thanet park will be held on Saturday, November 3 from 2pm, with the bonfire lit at 6.30pm and the main display at 7.15pm. The Marvel-themed event will feature comic characters on site including Captain America and Iron Man, plus a funfair, craft marquee and plenty of family entertainment. It is a ticket only event, with tickets costing £13.50, £11.50 for 15s and under, and a family of four £45. Parking is free. For more details visit quexpark.co.uk.
STF Charity Fireworks Spectacular, Sittingbourne
Fire eating and stilt acts, a barbecue and bar, food vendors, glow in the dark items for sale, waffles, candyfloss, popcorn and doughnuts will all accompany fireworks to music in Sittingbourne.
The event for the Sporting Tree Foundation is taking place on Sunday, November 4 at the UKP Leisure Club Sports Pavillion. Learn more details here.
The annual firework display at Tonbridge Angels Football Club in Darenth Avenue will be held on Friday, October 26. There will be food and children's fancy dress, with doors opening at 6pm. To book tickets click here.
Upchurch Family Fireworks
The long-running display takes place on Saturday, November 3. There is a free car park, stalls and a popular fireworks display which always attracts hundreds each year. A family ticket is £20, adults £7 and children £5. Visitors can pay on the gate but are asked to have the correct money ready. Gates open at 5pm, the bonfire is lit at 6.30pm and fireworks begin at 6.45pm. More details here.