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Bonfire Night and fireworks displays in Kent 2014

Ooooh, ahhhh, wow... it’s the final weekend of firework and bonfire displays and Kent has saved some of the best for last. Dan Wright reports.

Fireworks at Leeds Castle. Picture: Derrick Smith
Fireworks at Leeds Castle. Picture: Derrick Smith

Fire breathers will light the bonfire at KENT LIFE on Saturday, November 8, before families can join in the countdown to the musical fireworks display. The award-winning attraction, near Maidstone, will be open from 3pm, with the bonfire lit at 7pm before the spectacular display kicks off at 7.45pm. Face-painting, water zorbing, children’s fairground rides and glow sticks galore will also be on show. Tickets £11, concessions £10, children £9. Call 01622 763936.

This year’s firework spectacular at LEEDS CASTLE will dance to the soundtrack of music inspired by animals of the world. For two nights on Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9, the display – dubbed Go Wild – will be synchronised with moving images and music. Arrive early for afternoon entertainment including live music, a creepy crawly comedy show, animals and fairground rides. The castle itself will be closed to the public over the weekend but the gardens and grounds will remain open. Last admission is at 5pm ahead of the display start at 5.30pm. All tickets must be booked in advance online or by calling 01622 880008. Tickets cost £19, children £12.50. Visit www.leeds-castle.com

SEVENOAKS FIREWORKS begins at 5pm on Saturday, November 8 with entertainment in the High Street before a torch procession at 7pm and the first firework at 7.45pm, in the Sevenoaks School field. The display will be choreographed to music. Visit www.sevenoaksfireworks.co.uk

What do Mario Balotelli, Katie Hopkins and Lance Armstrong all have in common? The answer: they’ve all been burned at the stake at the annual EDENBRIDGE BONFIRE SOCIETY fireworks display, along with a host of other celebs. It takes place on Saturday, November 8 and traditionally an effigy of a well-known personality is burned. Jeremy Clarkson is one name tipped to go up in flames this time around. This year will see a band play in the High Street from 6.15pm, with a procession beginning in Fircroft Way at 6.30pm. The main fireworks display starts in Lingfield Road recreation ground at 8.30pm. Advance tickets cost £6, children £3. Adults £7 and children £3 on the gate. For more information visit www.edenbridgebonfire.co.uk

CAPEL-LE-FERNE has one of the county’s best settings for a fireworks display – on the cliff top just outside Folkestone. The village’s event takes place on Friday, November 7 at Capel-le-Ferne Primary School. Gates open at 6pm, with the first firework set off at 7pm. Call 01303 251353.

The full round-up


A bonfire and fireworks display will follow live music and a buffet at Allhallows golf club on Saturday, November 8. Time to be confirmed.


The Ashford Rugby Club event is on Saturday, November 8. It opens at their base in Canterbury Road, Kennington from 5pm. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm and fireworks start at 7.30pm. Advance tickets £6, on the gate £8. Visit www.ashford
rugby.co.uk for details.


Fireworks will light up the sky in Church Meadow, Brewery Lane on Saturday, November 8, from 5pm. On the gate family tickets cost £20, adult £8, children £4. Advance tickets available from Bridge Primary School and other village outlets.


Fireworks on the Farm is a family friendly display on Saturday, November 8, at Merton Farm, Canterbury. Gates open from 4.30pm with the bonfire lit at 5pm and the fireworks starting at 6.30pm. Free parking available, along with activities, food and refreshments. Tickets £10, children £5.


The firework display is on Saturday, November 8, at the Recreation Ground. The gates open at 5.30pm. Guy Competition at 6pm with a prize for the best. Guys should be brought to the Recreation Ground by 5.30pm. Stalls, refreshments will be on offer before the bonfire is lit at 6.30pm. Firework display starts at 7.15pm. Admission for adults is £3, children aged between 5 and 12 is £2.


Deal, Betteshanger and Walmer Rugby Club’s firework display takes place on Friday, November 7. The ground is in Canada Road, Walmer and it starts from 6pm. Visit the website dealandbettesrfc.org.uk

Fireworks at Kent Life
Fireworks at Kent Life


Doddington’s firework display takes place on Saturday, November 8 at Palace Farm. Gates open at 5.30pm, the bonfire lit at 6.30pm with fireworks at 7pm. A barbecue, bar and sparkler area will feature. Adults £6, under 16s £2 and under 5s free.


Eastry Primary School is hosting a bonfire and firework display on Friday, November 7 at 6pm, with bonfire lit at 6.45pm. Fireworks at 7pm, plus refreshments, a raffle, tombola and a barbecue. Tickets in advance for £3.50 or £4 on the day. Free entry to children who attend Eastry Primary School and their younger siblings.


Frittenden cricket club will hold its bonfire night and fireworks on Saturday, November 8 at the ground in Staplehurst Road. Gates open at 6pm. There will be many themes for the Guys, including: Frozen, the Commonwealth Games, the Scottish Referendum, World War One and The Gruffalo. Also barbecue and refreshments will be available, plus sparklers. Tickets cost £5 for age 16 upwards, £2 for 5-16 year olds and under fives free.


Booms and bangs above the Riverside Leisure Area in Gravesend – known as the Prom – will start at 8pm on Friday, November 7. Free entry.


Great Chart cricket club is holding a fireworks display on Saturday, November 8. Visit www.greatchartcc.co.uk


A traditional bonfire night and fireworks with refreshments for all the family will be held on the school playing field on Friday, November 7, from 5.45 to 8pm. Tickets from Christopher’s Shop in Eyhorne Street cost £4 or £5 on the gate. Under fives free.


The firework spectacular at Regis Manor School will be held on Friday, November 7. Gates open at 6pm with fireworks at 7pm. A barbecue, fairground rides, inflatables, hog roast, games stalls, hot and cold drinks will all be available. Tickets cost £4 for adult and £3 for children in advance, £5 and £4 on the gate.


The primary school’s fireworks display is on Saturday, November 8. Gates open at 5.30pm and the display starts at 6pm.


Fireworks on Saturday, November 8 on the Jubilee Field, next to the village hall. Gates open at 6pm.


Spuds and Sparkles is the theme as St Martin’s church in Northumberland Road, with jacket spuds followed by child friendly fireworks on Saturday, November 8 from 4 to 5pm. Adults £5, children £3.50 and family tickets available. Contact church for information.


Excitement is building up for the Fireworks Spectacular at the Farriers Arms on Saturday, November 8 which includes a £300 prize charity Guy competition. Details and entry forms from the pub or online.


The annual bonfire and fireworks will be held at Little Danes Meadow on Saturday, November 8 at 6pm. There will be hot dogs and mulled wine on offer and tickets will be £3.50 for adults, £1.50 for children. All proceeds will be given to Milstead Church.


Pembury’s annual firework display is taking place on Friday, November 7 at Pembury recreational ground from 7.30 to 8.30pm. Visit the Pembury parish council website for details at www.pemburypc.kentparishes.gov.uk


The village bonfire with fireworks display is being held on Saturday, November 8 at Sellindge Sports and Social Club in Swan Lane from 6pm. The night will feature a licensed bar, barbecue, funfair and glow sticks. Entry costs £5 for adults, £2 for children over three, or £10 for a family ticket. Visit www.sellindgeclub.co.uk

Biddenden Blaze
Biddenden Blaze


A fireworks display organised by the 3rd Sevenoaks scout group takes place on Saturday, November 8. It will be held at their headquarters, in Bradbourne Vale Road, from 6pm with the first rocket at 7pm. It is designed as a family friendly display, with youngsters who don’t like the loud bangs able to watch from behind windows in the headquarters building. Adults £5 on the gate, family £15, under threes free.


A firework display set to music will be held at Regis Manor Primary School on Friday, November 7. Gates open at 6pm for a 7pm start. Tickets are available in advance from reception. The cost is £3 for children and £4 for adults. On the night they will be £4 for kids and £5 for adults.


There will be a firework night on Saturday, November 8 at Swalecliffe primary school from 5.30pm. Tickets at £4 each are on sale now. There will be glow sticks and wands to buy. for more details 01227 272101 www.swalecliffeprimary.org


The primary school firework display is on Saturday, November 8. Gates open at 6.15pm. Tickets: Family £15 (two adults and three children); adults £6, children £2.50. Available from the school office or on the day.


The annual giant bonfire is accompanied by a funfair, food and fireworks. Takes place at the rec in Summer Lane, on Saturday, November 8. Gates 5.30pm. Bonfire lit 7.15pm. Admission £7, children £3. Visit www.tylerhillbonfire.co.uk


Westerham Scouts’ fireworks night at King George’s Field on Saturday, November 8. See fireworks, enjoy a bar and even tuck into a barbecue. Doors 5.30pm, with the display starting at 6.30pm. Tickets £8, children £5, families £18. Visit www.visitwesterham.org.uk

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