Cosham fireworks 2018: This is when display will start in Portsmouth tonight

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The annual King George V playing fields firework display is set to take place in Portsmouth tonight. 

Here’s all you need to know: 

Cosham fireworks from Portsdown Hill. Picture: Tracy Goddard, Waterlooville.''''''T.G.Photography(c).'tgoddard4578@gmail.com

Cosham fireworks from Portsdown Hill. Picture: Tracy Goddard, Waterlooville.''''''T.G.Photography(c).'tgoddard4578@gmail.com

When is it and what time does it start? 

The King George V playing fields, in Cosham, will take place tonight. 

The free event will open at 4pm where there will be a children's funfair (under 12's only) as well as a variety of catering units. 

The bonfire will be lit at 7pm, followed by a spectacular firework display at 7.30pm which will begin after a countdown led by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth. 

Do you need tickets? 

The firework display is free – so you won't need to purchase tickets. 

Cllr Steve Pitt, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said:  ‘Our free annual fireworks display is always really popular and attracts lots of people from across the city. 

‘Arrive early, bring your friends and family and enjoy the evening and the display.’ 

What about parking? 

The display, funded by Portsmouth City Council always draws the crowds so please avoid driving if possible although parking is available at Lakeside.

Please follow the advice from marshals and use the underpass from Lakeside to the event site to avoid crossing Western Road. 

Visitors are also asked not to bring their own fireworks or sparklers to the display, as these are not permitted on site, as they are a health and safety risk.

Here’s what the Met Office hour by hour forecast says: 

3pm – heavy rain – 12C

4pm – heavy rain – 12C

5pm – light rain showers – 12C

6pm – cloudy – 12C

7pm – cloudy 12C

8pm – cloudy – 11C

9pm – partly cloudy – 10C