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FIREWORKS FOR HOGMANAY 2018

Annually, the City of Edinburgh holds a huge firework display over the stunning setting of Edinburgh Castle which coincides with the one in London.

Around Scotland, there are several full-on firework displays taking place for Hogmanay – here are a few of them:

ABERFELDY

This is one of the street parties with live music, lots of food, a licensed bar, and a stunning firework display.  The event takes place in the centre of the Square in Aberfeldy in the stunning Perthshire Highlands from 8pm onwards.  There will be plenty to see and do so just go along and whilst the event is completely free, donations are gratefully accepted.

INVERNESS

Red Hot Highland fling – this event will take place in the Northern Meeting Park Arena in Inverness on New Year’s Eve from around 8pm and is free but donations are gratefully accepted.  Hosted by comedian Craig Hill, the event is listed as one of the top ten Hogmanay events in Scotland.  NO ALCOHOL PERMITTED unless bought on site.  This is a fantastic display which starts at 8pm and continues until the wee small hours.  The fireworks truly are a spectacle as they burst over Inverness Cathedral at midnight.

Entertainment is brought to you by local musicians The Elephant Sessions (traditional Scottish music), Scooty and the Skyhooks (soul music) and Skerryvore (a mix of folk, traditional Scottish, rock and Americana).

STIRLING HOGMANAY

This event caters to both families and adults alike.  There are two shows on New Years Eve – the first is for families and as such includes some quieter fireworks AT 9.15PM and then the big shebang is at midnight when the sky will be full of beautiful effects over the stunning Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Institute, which also celebrates is 150th anniversary in 2019 so this will be bigger and better than last year.

There is entertainment and competition from Capital FM, live music, food concessions and you can even bring along your own alcohol.  The only stipulation is that you cannot bring glass into the venue.

There will be an onsite DJ to get the crowd fired up ready for the fireworks – DJ Fat (his name is Albanian and means Luck!).  The cost is £10 each and a £1 booking fee.  According to everyone who attended last year, it is worth every penny.

STONEHAVEN FIREBALLS CEREMONY

This is Stonehaven’s unique way of welcoming in the New Year.  This event attracts visitors from across the country and beyond to witness first hand the swinging ‘Fireballs’. These are wire mesh cages which are packed with cloth, newspapers and coal briquettes and then the cage is secured with wire and then a handle is affixed to enable the ‘swingers’ to do their thing.  The parade starts at the stroke of Midnight on the town clock and usually includes around 40 men and women who swing their fireballs around their heads before making their way down to Stonehaven Harbour where they swing the balls into the harbour at around 12.25am when the fireworks are launched from the road above the Harbour, indicating the end of the festivities.  However, the people of Stonehaven are known to be a happy crowd and usually keep the party going till the wee small hours and beyond.

So, if you are looking to welcome in the New Year in traditional Scottish fashion, get up there and see the spectacle for yourself.

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BARCOMBE BONFIRE SOCIETY 2018

WHAT: BARCOMBE BONFIRE SOCIETY 2018
WHERE: SPORTS PAVILLION, BARCOMBE
WHEN: SATURDAY 17TH NOVEMBER
TIME: 6.00PM – 11.30PM

The Barcombe Bonfire Society is one of only 35 active societies today which can trace their origins back to before the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 to the Marian Persecutions of the 15th century under the rulership of ‘Bloody Queen Mary’ Tudor. As a devout Catholic and in direct conflict to the decision of her father King Henry VIII she ordered that all Protestants should be made to attend the Catholic Mass were judged to be guilty of heresy and she tortured and killed over 300 people during her time on the throne.

BONFIRE HARDY HANSONS GUNPOWDER PLOT

Several of those who lost their lives were residents in the Sussex area and this event has continued since their deaths in the middle of the 16th century. The main aim of today’s Bonfire Societies is to raise funds for local worthy causes and freedom to support people whatever their religious or political standpoint.

The event is largely family orientated but still may be a little too frightening for the very young so be aware of this. There are processions including a dedicated children’s one along with other visiting Bonfire Societies who all support one another.

Beano 2001 - Bonfire Special

The participants parade in their traditional red and black striped tops as smugglers, zulu warriors and all manner of different things.

Click here f you would like to know more about the Bonfire Societies.

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TURRIFF FIREWORKS 2018

WHAT: TURRIFF FIREWORKS 2018
WHY: CHARITY EVENT FEATURING FIREWORKS
WHEN: 17TH 19TH AND 20TH OCTOBER 2018
WHERE: TURRIFF, ABERDEENSHIRE
COST: FREE (BUT THE EVENT DEPENDS ON CHARITABLE DONATIONS SO DIG DEEP)

The event was established almost 30 years ago in support of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary’s Urological Cancer care (UCAN) to raise much needed funds for this and other charitable organisations around the Aberdeenshire area.

The fireworks and the organisation of the event are wholly funded via sponsorship from the local business community, so all money goes to charity.

Attended by thousands of people this multi media show features fireworks, specialist lighting effects, music and narration bringing together Alan Hilary events, A son-et-lumiere and Reaction Fireworks.  The results are beautiful and often very emotional.

The town of Turriff was established more than 900 years ago and the site referred to as Temple Brae is said to have been one of the early bases for the knights templar and it is now home to around 5000 residents.

There are beautiful places to stay, whether just for a few days midweek or a well deserved weekend getaway. Prices for accommodation (Hotels, B&B or guesthouses) range from around £30 – 120 per night and most include breakfast.

Out and about there are plenty of things to see and do in this picturesque area in the highlands. There are whisky tours for the lovers of the golden nectar which enjoy fame across the world as the home of some of the finest single malt or indeed blends in Scotland. There are world class golf courses with some of the most challenging holes (the Clivet) which is on the cliff top and you will need all your concentration and balance to stay in place whilst you put this in the hole.

There are puffin cruises and of course being in the wilds of Scotland, you will see peregrine falcon, kestrel, and a plethora of other birdlife as well as deer, foxes, and the hare.

Eating out here is said to be one of life’s greatest pleasures with a huge range of traditional restaurants and bistros with excellent fish and local seafood on offer as well as the usual smattering of café and coffee shops there to provide you with that relaxing afternoon tea.

Get along if you are looking for something to do in mid-October and support a fabulous charity whilst enjoying some first rate FIREWORKS.

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