NORTHERN BELLE FIREWORKS TRAIN 2019

WHAT: NORTHERN BELLE FIREWORKS TRAIN 2019
WHY: CELEBRATE GUY FAWKES
WHEN: SATURDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2019
WHERE: DEPARTING FROM LIVERPOOL LIME STREET, MANCHESTER VICTORIA & PRESTON STATIONS (SEE LIST FOR MORE DETAILS)
COST: SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS

If you fancy getting your pyro fix from a completely different view, then why not climb aboard one of the seven 1930’s style pullman carriages of the Northern Belle, which is known as Britain’s answer to the iconic Orient Express.

A special trip has been designed to leave from Liverpool Lime Street Station at 5pm on Saturday 2nd November, before picking up more passengers at Manchester Victoria and Preston before returning at 10:30pm.

The Northern Belle & Fireworks

There will be space available for up to 300 passengers to enjoy this very special evening. The journey begins with canapes and champagne and then everyone will be seated and presented with a delectable seven-course meal, created by the talented chef Richie Cunningham, along with onboard musical entertainers, to keep everyone occupied.

Once the Northern Belle reaches her stop at Arnside in Cumbria, the carriages will be plunged into darkness so that everyone can sit and watch the fantastic firework display taking part just yards away on the beach.

Ticket prices begin from £275 per person and this includes:

  • Round trip travel aboard the Northern Belle Luxury train
  • Welcome champagne reception on board
  • Seven-course dinner
  • Bottle of wine per couple
  • Coffee, tea and petits fours
  • Musical entertainment
  • Fireworks Display (weather permitting)

For a different way to commemorate the day Guy Fawkes’ plot to kill the King was foiled, but still, enjoy an evening packed with plenty of fireworks and bangs.

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OTTERY ST MARY TAR BARRELS EVENT 2019

WHAT: OTTERY ST MARY TAR BARRELS EVENT 2019
WHY: ANNUAL TAR BARRELS EVENT
WHERE: OTTERY ST. MARY, DEVON
WHEN: 5TH NOVEMBER 2019
COST: FREE

Goodness gracious great barrels of fire!

As November the 5th approaches, the Ottery locals are preparing the barrels for the last soaking of tar ready for this year’s blazing celebration.

The exact origins of the celebration are unknown, and there are several rationales and myths about how the tradition began.  Alternative reasons are; the fumigation of the cottage and that the flaming barrels were lit as a warning that the Spanish armada was approaching. The only thing of any certainty is that the event dated back to 17th century and the gunpowder plot making it around 300 years old.

Earlier in the history of the event, the barrels were set alight and rolled down the streets.  Somewhere along the line, this was thought as a little too tame, and it was changed to the barrels been carried instead through the town something that the Ottery residents are very proud of and today attracts thousands of visitors to witness the spectacle each year.

Each of the barrels is sponsored by the Ottery St Mary’s town centre pubs, and the rolling takes place outside, or in some cases where a former pub used to be. Not just any Tom, Dick or Harry is permitted to carry the barrel; this is something that you have to be an Ottery St Mary resident to do.

Flaming Tar Barrels at Ottery St Mary

Many of the families have taken part in the event for many generations and there is a strict hierarchy on whomsoever gets to carry a barrel. The adult’s ‘barrel’ events are held at 7pm and there is an event for the children to have a go around 4pm. Make sure that you don’t miss out on the traditional midnight ‘barrel’, the biggest and most spectacular display that is held in Ottery’s main square.

Another fiery and integral part of the annual carnival is the epic bonfire situated on St Saviours Meadow. Three weeks before the carnival, the gathering of the materials for the bonfire takes place, and then a week before the festival is the building of the bonfire.  They are duly proud of their Bonfire as it usually stands at around 35ft high and the girth of it around 50ft.

The guy topping the bonfire was originally made by the young family every year from 1958 to 2009.  Nowadays, there is a guy competition held for the children in the community with the winner topping the bonfire. Most people associate the bonfire with the fairground as they stand adjacent to one another. This is an opportunity for the photographers amongst you to get some perfect shots as the blazing glow of the fire is complemented by the bright coloured lights of the funfair.

To make funds for the event year on year there are sales of memorabilia on offer along with programmes that give you a run-down of where the barrels will be at what times, these sales keep the tradition going. The event is free for all to enjoy but as you can understand due to the popularity of locals and from visitors the population of the town doubles. If you don’t like crowds, then this is not an event for you. But if you’re a bit of fire lover then get along and witness first hand one of the oldest events taking place in the UK today.

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ILLUMINATE THE GARDENS

WHAT: ILLUMINATE THE GARDENS
WHERE: BOTANICAL GARDENS, CLARKHOUSE ROAD, SHEFFIELD, S10 2LN
WHEN: FRIDAY 1ST NOVEMBER TO SUNDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2019
COST: TICKETED EVENT

Illuminate the gardens returns to the botanical gardens in Sheffield, with a magical family evening with something for everyone to enjoy. Try something different this bonfire weekend, and visit the beautiful botanical gardens, with hidden extras and pyro action for both the little ones and the adults.

Tickets for the last two events have sold out in record time, so it is wise if you are wanting to take part in this evening to get your tickets as soon as possible. Ticket prices are adults £12.00 child ticket £ 6.00 and family tickets £26 (2 adults & 2 children) these prices are plus a booking fee. Children under 2 years are free and under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Experience the botanical gardens in all their glory with the lighting highlighting some of the more stunning features even more. Take a walk along the open paths and discover the new and improved areas, keeping an eye out for the pop-up performances taking place in and around the garden areas.

The doors to the event will be opened at 5pm and will go on for 5 hours. Get there early and enjoy delicious food and drink from the licensed bars and many food trucks in the area, get involved in the free kids’ activities, discover the new areas lit up in the gardens or enjoy the vintage fairground rides.

In the evening this is where you will get your pyro fix as the fireworks, laser and lighting extravaganza takes place. For the little ones or those with sensitive hearing you can witness the low bangs fireworks display or for the pyro nuts, you can stay later to witness the epic finale fireworks to end the evening with a bang.

MAIN EVENT TIMINGS

FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
GATES OPEN 5PM 5PM 4:30PM
LOW BANGS FIREWORK 6:30PM 6:30PM 6:00PM
MAIN FIREWORK FINALE 8:45PM 8:45PM 8:15PM
CLOSE 10:00PM 10:00PM 9:30PM

The laser extravaganza will be shown from the top of the pavilion, and this year, FX productions take to the stage. The fireworks, both the low bangs and the finale are performed by Optimum fireworks.  Optimum Fireworks operate out of Keighley and over the last couple of years have taken the professional firing world by storm, winning back to back at Firework Champions events at various historic houses across the country.

The best places to view the fireworks are the new area of the Tulip Gardens, The Avalanche Tipi café situated at the top of the pavilion, The Boardwalk between the pavilion and fountains and the areas where the lawns have been covered near the bar and food traders areas.

For a bonfire weekend with a difference this year, take yourself along to Sheffield’s beautiful botanical gardens and join in the family fun.

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