Where to enjoy a firework spectacular

A GREAT NIGHT OUT A firework display
A GREAT NIGHT OUT A firework display

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Everyone loves a good fireworks night. But with so many being staged, which one should you go to?

Well, The News has today put together a handy guide to the best displays across our area.

From the main Cosham Bonfire and Fireworks Display to smaller, school-organised events, you can pick and choose which shows to attend. Have a blast!


· Gunwharf Quays fireworks display

PLACE: Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

DATE: Friday, November 1

TIME: 6pm

ENTERTAINMENT: Live music from The Vamps and the X Factor’s Tom Mann

FOOD: Bars, restaurants, food and drinks stalls

PARKING: Usual parking tariffs

COST: Free

CONTACT: (023) 9283 6700. Go to gunwharf-quays.com/whats-on/fireworks-spectacular-gunwharf-quays-1st-november-featuring-vamps

· Cosham Bonfire and Fireworks Display

PLACE: King George V Playing Fields, Cosham

DATE: Wednesday, November 6

TIME: From 6pm

ENTERTAINMENT: Live music, fire juggling, bonfire at 7pm display at 7.30pm

FOOD: Various food and drink stalls

PARKING: Limited free parking at Lakeside North Harbour (IBM).

COST: Free

CONTACT: (023) 9284 1400. Go to visitportsmouth.co.uk/whats-on/cosham-bonfire-and-fireworks-display-p910031

· Southsea Fireworks & Fairylights

PLACE: Palmerston Road

DATE: Thursday, November 14

TIME: 4pm to 6pm

ENTERTAINMENT: There will be a stage with music acts, entertainments, children’s rides and lights switch-on.

FOOD: Local businesses

PARKING: Usual parking tariffs apply

COST: Free

CONTACT: (07939) 142075. Go to visitportsmouth.co.uk/whats-on/fireworks-and-fairylights-2013-southsea-christmas-lights-switch-on-p822321


· Horndean fireworks night

PLACE: Five Heads Road, Horndean

DATE: Tuesday, October 29

TIME: 6pm to 8.30pm

· Stockheath Common fireworks display

PLACE: Stockheath Common, Leigh Park

DATE: Tuesday, November 5

TIME: 5pm to 8.30pm

ENTERTAINMENT: Mayor of Havant, Councillor Paul Buckley, will light the giant bonfire at 7.30pm. The fireworks start at 7.45pm. There will also be children’s rides and side stalls from 5pm until 8.30pm.

FOOD: Refreshments as well as hotdogs, chips and candy floss.

PARKING: Use the council car parks at Greywell, which are a five-minute walk from Stockheath Common and will be free on that evening from 5pm.

COST: Free

CONTACT: (023) 9244 6019.

· Rowlands Castle Association bonfire and fireworks show

PLACE: Recreation Ground, Rowlands Castle (entrance on The Fairway)

DATE: Saturday, November 3

TIME: 5.30pm

ENTERTAINMENT: Gates open at 5.30pm, the bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm and the fireworks will be at 7pm

COST: £5 donation for adults. Children go free

CONTACT: rowlandscastle.com/fireworks.htm

· Thorney Island Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular

PLACE: Baker Barracks, Thorney Island

DATE: Tuesday, November 5

TIME: From 6pm to 11pm

ENTERTAINMENT: Numerous stalls

FOOD: Food and drink available

PARKING: £5 per car, which includes entry to display

COST: £5 per car £2 per pedestrian

CONTACT: (01243) 388255


· Emsworth Community Fireworks Display

PLACE: Emsworth Primary School

DATE: Saturday, November 9

TIME: Gates open from 6pm

ENTERTAINMENT: Fireworks display at 7.30pm, and music

FOOD: Hot food

COST: Tickets £12 for a family of four. Individual tickets: Adults £5, children £3 All funds raised go to Emsworth Primary School and St James’ School

CONTACT: stjamesprimaryemsworth.co.uk/



· HMS Sultan Bonfire and Fireworks

PLACE: HMS Sultan, Military Road, Gosport.

DATE: Thursday, October 31

TIME: 6pm to 10pm

ENTERTAINMENT: Fire breathers and a funfair; a competition for those who turn up in fancy dress. Bonfire lit at 7.15pm, fireworks display at 8pm.

FOOD: Hot food stalls on site


COST: In advance adult £4 (£5 on the night) concessions £3 (£4 on the night). Family tickets (two adults; two children) - £12 in advance (£15 on the night)

CONTACT: royalnavy.mod.uk/News-and-Events/Special-Events/Events-Calendar/General/131031-Sultan-Bonfire-Night

· Explosion Fireworks Spectacular

PLACE: Explosion! Museum, Priddy’s Hard

DATE: Sunday, November 3

TIME: 5pm to 8pm

ENTERTAINMENT: Funfair, children’s activities, admission to Explosion museum. Fireworks display at 7pm.

FOOD: Hot food available

PARKING: Free car parking available nearby

COST: Adults £5, children and concessions £3. Family ticket £12.

CONTACT: (023) 505600. explosion.org.uk


· Whiteley Fireworks

PLACE: Meadowside Recreation Field in Whiteley

DATE: Sunday, October 27

TIME: Gates open 5.30pm

ENTERTAINMENT: Music by RemedySounds from 7pm. The fireworks display starts at 7.45pm.

COST: £1 for adults, children go free!

CONTACT: whiteleyforum.net/cms/index.php/groups-clubs-and-events/246-whiteley-fireworks-2013

· St Anthony’s Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular

PLACE: Primate Road, Titchfield Common

DATE: Saturday, November 9

TIME: From 4pm

ENTERTAINMENT: Pumpkin displays, a bonfire, children’s games, glow in the dark face paint, glow sticks

FOOD: Hog roast, BBQ, hot chocolate, mulled wine and refreshments available

PARKING: Free local parking

COST: £5 Adults/£3 Children

CONTACT: (01489) 579100. saint-anthonysfareham.co.uk/

· Ravilles Junior School Fireworks

PLACE: Ranvilles Junior School, Oldbury Way, Fareham

DATE: Tuesday November 5

TIME: 6pm

ENTERTAINMENT: Display starts at 7pm

COST: In advance £5 adult, £3 child. Tickets on the gate are subject to capacity on the evening.

CONTACT: 01329 841653. ranvillesfireworks.co.uk/index.aspx

· Locks Heath Family Firework Festival

PLACE: Strawberry Field Tavern in Locks Heath Shopping Village

DATE: Friday, November 1

TIME: 6pm

ENTERTAINMENT: Elvis tribute act, Craig Jefferson, raffle stalls and children’s fairground

FOOD: Food and beverages available

COST: Free optional donations to Smile4Wessex

CONTACT: (01489) 575 094. locksheathshoppingcentre.co.uk/events


· Grand Musical Fireworks Display

PLACE: Southbourne Infant and Junior Schools

DATE: Friday, October 25

TIME: 6pm

ENTERTAINMENT: Raffle, children’s rides, stalls, display to start 7.15pm

FOOD: Hot chestnuts and hot dogs

COST: Adults £4.50 child £3.50; family ticket £12 (two adults, two children)

CONTACT: (01243) 372727. emsworthonline.co.uk/