IT’S almost the night of a bonfire and it only takes one thing: grab your rubber boots and woolen hat and head to your favorite fireworks display.
There will be a slew of displays lighting up the sky to mark bonfire night over the next few weeks.
Here are 11 events taking place in Dorset and the New Forest:
- Avonwood Elementary School fireworks display
The doors open at 5 p.m. and the superb professional fireworks display will take place around 7 p.m.
In addition to the fireworks, there will be a merry-go-round for the kids, a tin can aisle game and a striker will test your strength game among other things. We have bouncy castle and bouncy pillow fight game.
There will be a selection of food and drink stalls for you to enjoy. Music throughout the evening and more booths and entertainment will be added over the next few weeks.
A fun event with the added bonus of all proceeds to support Avonwood Elementary School.
- Bournemouth ‘Big Bang’ fireworks
Bournemouth’s ‘Big Bang’ exhibition will take place at Ringwood Raceway, Matchams, Hurn Road Ringwood BH242BT on Saturday 6th November.
Doors open at 12 p.m., race at 6 p.m., fireworks at around 8:40 p.m. – there will be no entry after 8 p.m.
The drivers in the race must be on site, checked and ready to race before 5 p.m., ready for the driver briefing.
Tonight isn’t just fireworks, it’s a huge night of banger races.
General admission (14+) costs Â£ 20, pre-teens (11-13) tickets cost Â£ 10, children aged 5-10 cost Â£ 5, and children under five are free.
- Broadstone Middle School fireworks display
The Broadstone fireworks will return on Saturday, October 30.
It’s the 5th anniversary of the family event, benefiting Broadstone First and Middle Schools. The event has grown over the years, adding music, games, and this year a spooky maze.
There will also be burgers, hot dogs, a beer tent, fire performers and spectacular fireworks.
Mark Grigsby, President of Broadstone Middle School PTA, said: âThe kids in our local schools are excited to see a real firework display again after they missed last year. We made every effort for our 5th anniversary to produce an unforgettable exhibition! ”
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the fireworks display begins at 7:30 p.m.
The Big Ringwood Spectacular Fireworks display takes place on Sunday, November 7 at Carvers Recreation Ground from 3 p.m. and includes two exhibits, a traditional bonfire, bar and roast pork.
Tickets will be Â£ 1.50 in advance or Â£ 3 on the door. Live entertainment starts at 4 p.m. for the kids and there will be a kid-friendly fireworks display shortly after dusk (around 5:30 p.m.). From 5:45 p.m. there will be live music from the fabulous Swing Unlimited Big Band.
The bonfire will be lit around 6:15 p.m. with the main display at 7 p.m. Swing Unlimited will close the event with a second magnificent set.
- East Dorset Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club fireworks evening
East Dorset Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Salterns Road in Poole will host attractions for all ages including nightclub, toddler playground, hot food, chocolate fountain on Saturday 6th November. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Children under 2 are free, children (up to 13) are charged Â£ 5, adults (14+) Â£ 8 – there is no on-site parking and tickets are available at the club -house.
- Wareham’s Monster Fireworks Wednesday
Wareham’s Monster Fireworks Wednesday will take place on Friday November 5th with the doors opening at 6pm.
The bonfire and fireworks will take place at the Swanage and Wareham Rugby Club. There will be food, drink, live music, entertainment, and funfair rides.
Frontline workers and emergency services are free.
- New charity fireworks from the Milton round table
Milton’s new roundtable charity fireworks display celebrates its 58th year at Fawcetts Field on Saturday, October 30. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with fireworks at 7 p.m. All funds raised are intended for local causes.
The impressive free Poole Quay fireworks display starts from 5 p.m. with the main show at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 5th.
This event is always very popular and those arriving by car should expect a delay when leaving the visitor parking lot at the main platform, just after the fireworks display.
Event organizers strongly recommend parking at the Dolphin Shopping Center or Harborside Park, as the waterfront and wharf parking lots can get very busy.
The fireworks may be canceled in the event of bad weather. Please keep an eye on Poole Tourism’s Facebook for updates.
- Sixpenny Handley Fireworks Show
The community of Sixpenny Handley will come together for a spectacular fireworks display on November 6th.
The annual event, now in its 17th year, is hosted by the 1st Woodcutts Scouts with burgers and sausages from the village butcher, pumpkin soup, beer and cider from local brewers and family games. For more details, check out their Facebook events page, Sixpenny Handley Firework Spectacular.
The annual Sherborne fireworks display at the castle returns this year on Saturday, November 6.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and there will be a laser show at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks at 7 p.m.
Standard adult tickets cost Â£ 11, Children and Seniors tickets cost Â£ 7.50 – parking costs Â£ 4.
- Guy Fawkes Bonfire and Fireworks Night in Weymouth
Weymouth’s Guy Fawkes bonfire and fireworks evening will take place on Friday November 5th.
Stalls will be located on Weymouth Promenade with food, drink and an array of activities available to enjoy the night before the spectacular mega fireworks display.