What’s On at the Weekend: Fireworks Weekend

October 1 to 30 – Matlock Bath Illuminations

Derwent Gardens, Matlock Dale, Matlock

There will be fireworks finales every Saturday in October (plus a low-noise fireworks display on the final night of the season, Sunday, October 30). The fireworks light up the skies around Matlock Bath in multi-colours. The first of the fireworks display begin at 9pm (8pm on October 30).

There are themed nights and there’s also entertainment, depending on the date, including stilt walkers plus the fabulous parade of decorated boats on the river Derwent. You can book tickets to the illuminations right here.

October 28 and 29 – Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House, near Bakewell, Derbyshire

Taking place in the famous gardens, they’ll be lighting a blazing bonfire and staging two spectacular fireworks displays, including an earlier display designed especially for younger visitors.

Wrap up warm and enjoy a range of entertainment suited to all ages. You can also tuck into a selection of delicious food, from tasty hog roasts to churros and sweet treats. Round it off with a seasonal glass of mulled wine or cider – the ultimate winter warmers.

On Saturday, October 29, as well as a traditional bonfire you can enjoy a ‘frightful’ night with spooky Halloween-themed entertainment, fireworks displays and music – two wonderful autumnal family events rolled into one.

There’s also the chance to book a dinner that includes seeing the bonfire and fireworks. All options can be viewed and booked here.

November 4 – Alton Towers

Alton Towers, Farley Lane, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent

The Alton Towers Ultimate Fireworks Spectacular takes electrifying bursts, bangs and howls of amazing fireworks to another level with music, lights and live-action storytelling.

This is one of the UK’s most fabulous fireworks spectaculars, so book your tickets, grab some warm food and drink from the stalls and watch the iconic towers brought to life with a new story that organisers promise will stay in your memory forever.

November 4 – Bonfire Carnival – The Hurt Arms

The Hurt Arms, Derby Road, Ambergate

The Hurt Arms offers a family-friendly Bonfire Carnival with two professional quiet firework displays, so this event is perfect for those who love to see the sky lit up but aren’t so keen on the big bangs.

With giant inflatables, a traditional Ferris wheel, pyrotechnic entertainment, street food and more, this could be the perfect family night out.

November 5 – Rolleston Scout Group Bonfire Night

1st Rolleston Scout Group, Station Road, Rolleston-on-Dove

In what has now become a village tradition, the Scouts have again teamed up with the Pyrotex Firework Champions, and there is also a catering team to keep out the cold with warming snacks.

The event will start as soon as you enter with food available straight away. There will be a bonfire lighting at 6pm, a quiet fireworks display designed for the little ones 6.30pm and a full-effect fireworks display at 7.30pm.

November 5 – Bonfire Night – The Hurt Arms

The Hurt Arms, Derby Road, Ambergate

Their annual Bonfire Night & Firework Extravaganza will be lighting up the sky with two explosive displays, pyrotechnic entertainment, Ferris Wheel, giant inflatables, rides and more. Tickets can be booked here.

They also have a Bonfire Carnival evening on Friday, November 4. This will feature two quiet displays after the sun sets, plus rides and treats for little ones. This is a separate event and tickets are purchased separately.


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