Bonfire & fireworks displays

Bonfire & fireworks displays

Stay safe when having a bonfire or when using fireworks. Read our top safety tips here.

Fireworks displays in Northumberland and surrounding areas

Stay safe this bonfire night and attend and organised fireworks display.

Below is a list of events in and around Northumberland for bonfire night: 

Fireworks display in Wallsend - Thurs 3rd Nov

Fireworks at the Fort

Entry to the museum and cafe is free from 4pm and fireworks start at 6:30pm.
Price is free but donations are welcome.

Description - Remember, remember the fifth of November – Gunpowder, treason and plot! Bring your oohs and aahs to fireworks at the fort and see the night sky over the River Tyne light up where the iconic Swan Hunter would launch its ships. As well as the firework extravaganza, why not explore the museum exhibits or have a bite to eat in the cafe before choosing the best spot outside to watch the display at 6.30pm?
Firework Display in Berwick - Fri 4th Nov

Firework Display in Berwick

  • Cornhill Road Berwick
  • 6.30 pm Start
Hosted by Forte Bros amd Leoper Entertainments

Firework display in Stannington - Fri 4th Nov

Stannington Village Firework Display

  • Stannington First School,
  • Church Road,
  • Stannington. NE61 6HJ
  • Friday 4th November 2016 

Event starts at 6pm till 8pm (20 minute firework display)
Admission: £3 per Adult, Children are free.
Numbers are limited so tickets sold on a first come first served basis.
Firework display in Swarland - Fri 4th Nov

Vyner Park, Swarland, firework display with a bonfire 

  • Swarland
  • The doors will open at 6pm,
  • The bonfire will be lit at 6.30 and the fireworks start at 7pm.
Firework display in Benton - Sat 5th Nov

Blue Flames Annual Fireworks Display

  • Whitley Park, Whitley Road, Benton
  • Saturday 5th November
  • Gates open at 5:30pm and display starts at 7pm
  • Admission: Advance tickets cost £4 for adults and £3 for children and are available from Blue Flames reception. Tickets on the night cost £4.50 for adults and £3.50 for children

Blue Flames Leisure Centre is holding its annual firework display on Bonfire Night. There will be a huge display as well as fairground rides, stalls, hot food and a bar.
Tel: 0191 2700885, Email:
More details:
Firework display in Ponteland - Sat 5 Nov

Charity firework display in aid of Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care

  • Saturday 5 November
  • Higham Lakes Trout Fishery, Higham Dykes, Ponteland, NE20 0DH
  • Gates open 4pm, bonfire around 5:15pm, fire performer 5:45pm and fireworks at 6pm
  • Admission: Adult £5 and children (4-16 years) £2.50, children under 4 go free. All proceeds go to Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care
Plenty parking, pay on the gate.
There will also be hot food, drinks, a bar and children's glow sticks available for sale. No sparklers.

Further information please call 07760206148.
Firework display in Ponteland - Sat 5th Nov

Kirkley Hall Bonfire Night 

  • Kirkley Hall, Ponteland, NE20 0AQ
  • Saturday 5th November
  • Gates open at 3pm, bonfire at 6pm and fireworks at 6:30pm
  • Admission: £3 per person available on the door

Remember, remember the 5th November. It’s that time of year again, so come along to Kirkley Hall to celebrate bonfire night. As well as an array of fireworks and a bonfire there will be a hog roast and refreshments available to buy.
Tel: 01670 841235, Email:
For more information
Firework display in Hexham - Sat 5th Nov

Hexham Round Table Bonfire & Fireworks Display 

  • Sele Park, Hexham. NE46 3NB
  • Saturday 5th November
  • Bonfire lit at 6:30pm and fireworks at 7pm
  • Admission: A collection is held on the gates, please give generously as all proceeds go back to local Tynedale charities
Food and refreshment stalls on the Sele
For more information
Firework display in Alnwick - Sat 5th Nov

Alnwick District Round Table Bonfire & Firework Display

  • Alnwick Rugby Club, greensfield Ave, Alnwick. NE66 1BE
  • Saturday 5th November
  • Event starts at 6:30pm with the main display at 7:30pm
  • Admission: Entry on the gate is £5, Under 16s £3 and Under 4s are free. Dogs on a lead are allowed
Alnwick and District Round Table is organising a firework display at the town’s rugby club on Saturday. There will be a licensed bar. Parking is available on the night at Willowburn Sports Centre or the car park at Homebase, but people are encouraged to come into the rugby club to support the event.
Fireworks display in Gosforth - Sat 5th Nov

Gosforth Round Table Bonfire & Firework Display

  • Broadway West Playing Fields, Gosforth
  • Saturday 5th November
  • Gates open at 5pm and event finishes at 8pm
  • Price: Adults £4 and children £2 with all proceeds to local charity.
There will be a wide range of attractions on the night and refreshments will be available
Firework displays in Gateshead - Sat 5th Nov

Fireworks at Saltwell park

  • Saltwell Park, East Park Road, Gateshead
  • Saturday 5th November
  • Gates open at 5:30pm and the firework display is at 7:30pm
  • Cost is £2 per wristband purchased in advance
The annual event which attracts more than 30,000 people returns to Saltwell Park for a huge firework display. For the first time there will also be a stage featuring live music performances along with a large digital screen.

Blaydon Rugby Footbal Club

  • Swallwell, Gateshead
  • Saturday 5th November
  • Gates open at 5pm with a bonfire at 6pm and fireworks starting at 7:45pm
  • Admission: Adults £5, Children under 16 £2, Children under 3 are free. Family ticket £10 (for 2 adults and 2 children).

Tickets can also be purchased in advance from the club (after 7pm on an evening) or from Fit4Less gym adjacent to the clubhouse.
More details:
Firework display in Tynemouth - Sat 5th Nov

Tynemouth Cricket Club Fireworks and Bonfire Display

  • Preston Avenue, North Shields. NE30 2BG
  • Saturday 5th November
  • Gates open at 5pm, Bonfire lit at 5pm, firework display at 7pm
  • Admission: Adults £5 (16 and over), Children £2 and Family £12. Children aged 3 or under are free

Wristbands available from
This year there will be fire breathers, stilt walkers, live DJ, a 15 minute professional fireworks display and a huge bonfire.
Fireworks display in Stobswood - Sat 5th Nov

Widdrington Station and Stobswood Parish 

  • free fireworks display
  • Stobswood Welfare Club
  • starts 7.30 ON THE Sat  5TH Nov
Firework display Newbiggin by the sea - Sat 5th Nov

Firework display Newbiggin by the sea

  • Fairground shows from 2pm
  • Bonfire 5.30/6pm 
  • Firework display 6pm

Join us for a free, fun & safe firework display for all the family. 

We have been fundraising all year so are giving something back for everyone in Newbiggin by the sea. 
We will have a bonfire on the beach, a firework display & fairground shows on the promenade. 

We will have collection buckets on the night so please donate a small amount which goes towards events planned for next year. 

To provide a safe environment our insurance requires that the public don't go on onto the beach at anytime whilst the firework event is on & that fireworks/ sparklers aren't used at all. 
We appreciate your cooperation with this.
Firework display in Morpeth - Sun 6th Nov

Morpeth Annual Bonfire & Fireworks Display

  • Morpeth Rugby Football Club, Mitford Road, Morpeth. NE61 1RJ.
  • Sunday 6th November
  • Gates open at 5pm and Bonfire lit at 6pm
  • Admission: £5 per head and Under 12s £3 per head
Firework dispaly in Whitley Bay - Sun 6th Nov

The Links Firework display

  • The Links, Whitley Bay
  • Admission: Free
  • Sunday 6th November

The annual fireworks display returns to the Links with a spectacular fireworks display for Bonfire Night. The display will start at 7pm and there will be fairground rides and food and drink available from 6pm.In the event of inclement weather, the display will take place on the following night.
Tel: 0191 6437409,

Bonfire safety

Below, we’ve listed a few tips to keep you safe around bonfires.

What not to wear around a bonfire
  • Never wear loose clothing that can easily ignite (tracksuit/long scarf).
  • Never wear clothes labelled ‘highly flammable’ - they can ignite.
Remember, if anyone’s clothes do catch on fire – don’t run, drop to the ground and roll over to put the flame out. Stop, drop and roll!
Building and lighting your bonfire
Building a bonfire?
Follow these tips to keep everyone safe:
  • Site the bonfire at least 18 metres from buildings or trees.
  • Do not build it beside electricity or telephone lines.
  • Have enough helpers and equipment.
  • The height must be less than three metres and half the width of the base.
  • Only burn wood, paper/cardboard and foliage.
  • Build to collapse inwards as it burns (you can contact us for advice).
Please note that any bonfires built on public land, for instance a public park or sports field, without a permit will be removed.

Lighting your bonfire:
  • Before lighting it, ensure there are no children or animals within your bonfire.
  • Make sure your bonfire is away from a road, as smoke will drift and you will be fined for endangering traffic.
  • Keep spectators at a distance of at least six metres.
  • Do not burn aerosols, tyres, canisters, plastics or anything containing foam or paint – they produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury.
  • Never leave the bonfire unattended and keep children and animals away.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby in case of emergency.
  • Never throw fireworks into the fire.
  • Once the bonfire has died down, spray the embers with water to stop it reigniting. Ensure the fire is out and check again later to be safe.
Sparkler safety tips
  • Children should always be supervised when using sparklers.
  • Never give children under the age of five a sparkler.
  • Always wear gloves.
  • Never light more than one sparkler at a time.
  • Once the sparkler is finished, put its hot end down in a bucket of water or sand.
Bonfires & the law
  • Burning domestic waste is an offence, as it is likely to cause pollution or harm to human health.
  • Burning plastic, rubber or painted materials creates poisonous fumes, and can have damaging health effects for people who have asthma or heart conditions.

If you see any smoke drifting across the road, please call the police on 101. Under the Highways Act 1980, anyone lighting a fire and allowing smoke to drift across the road faces a fine if it endangers traffic.

For more advice, please contact us.

Fire can spread easily, so please contact us if you are planning to have a bonfire. We can provide plenty of information and advice, such as:

  • how to conduct risk assessments for events
  • site suitability
  • bonfire construction
  • safety procedures
  • how to inform people about the event
  • who to contact
  • insurance
  • fire safety

You can contact us on 01670 621 110 for more information.

More information & advice
Fire can spread easily, so please contact us on 01670 621110 if you are planning to have a bonfire. We can provide plenty of information and advice, such as:
  • how to conduct risk assessments for events
  • site suitability
  • bonfire construction
  • safety procedures
  • how to inform people about the event
  • who to contact
  • insurance
  • fire safety

Firework safety

Figures have shown more children are injured by fireworks than adults. If you are thinking of using fireworks, you should follow the steps listed below. Whether you use them in your own back garden, or at a community display, follow our advice to stay safe.

For more detailed information, please also read:

Top safety tips for fireworks

Buying your fireworks

  • Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114 or with a CE mark – this shows the firework meets British or European safety standards
  • Fireworks for private use can only be sold by a registered seller (between 15 October and 10 November, between 26 December and 31 December, or three days before Diwali and Chinese New Year). For the rest of the year, you can only buy fireworks from shops licensed to supply them.
  • If you are under 18 you cannot buy adult fireworks or have them in public places. If you do, the police can give you an on-the-spot fine of £80.
  • If you think a shop is unregistered, or selling fireworks illegally, contact the trading standards team.
When using fireworks
  • Always have buckets of water prepared to put out small fires or cool sparklers.
  • Never drink alcohol. This increases risk of injury and makes adults less able to supervise children during the display. Try to limit the availability of alcohol at bonfire events. Keep guests who are drinking alcohol away from fireworks and never drink alcohol if you’re setting them off.
Lighting fireworks - follow these simple guidelines to stay safe:
  • Only one person should be responsible for letting off fireworks.
  • Don’t drink alcohol if you’re setting off fireworks.
  • Follow the instructions on each firework by daylight or torchlight, never by a naked flame.
  • Wear eye protection and gloves.
  • Bring a closed metal box to store the fireworks. Take them out one at a time and never carry them in your pocket.
  • Light fireworks at arms’ length, using a taper.
  • Ensure everyone stands back.
  • Never go back to a firework that has been lit – even if hasn’t gone off as it could still explode.
  • Never throw spent fireworks on a bonfire.
  • Please remember, alcohol and fireworks don’t mix.

Pets and animals
Animals can get very scared from the loud bangs and flashes associated with firework displays. To ease their distress, keep them indoors and close all curtains to make things calmer.

Remember, it’s not just your own fireworks that cause them to be scared, so you may need to keep your pets indoors on several nights when other displays are taking place.

It is against the law to cause any unnecessary suffering to any domestic or captive animal. The penalty, if found guilty, is imprisonment up to 51 weeks, a fine of up to £20,000, or both.

If you have livestock of horses, remember to check for nearby displays and ask your neighbours if they are planning on setting off any fireworks or having a bonfire.

If your animals or stabled, check thoroughly for anything that could cause potential injury such as protruding nails and string.

f your animals are staying in the field, check that fencing is not broken and that there are no foreign objects lying around. 


Fireworks & the law

It is against the law to:

  • set off or throw fireworks in the street, or any public place
  • set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, or between midnight and 7am on bonfire night, or 1am and 7am for New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year
  • buy or possess adult fireworks if you are under 18
If found guilty by the courts, you could receive an on-the-spot fine of £80 or up to £5,000 and can face charges, imprisonment for up to three months, as well as a criminal record.

Reporting arson & safety risks

Help your local community to stay safe by reporting any arson or safety threats below.

Under the Highways Act 1980, anyone lighting a fire and allowing smoke to drift across roads face a fine if it endangers traffic.
  • If you see this, please call the police on 101.
Arson risks
If you discover a potential arson risk, please let us know by reporting it in one of the following ways:

Bonfire & firework safety - contact us

For further advice on bonfire and firework safety, please contact us:

  • Phone: 01670 621110 (during office hours) and 01670 627599 (outside of office hours)
  • Email: (only monitored during normal office hours)
  • To report accumulations of waste on public land, contact Northumberland County Council’s contact centre on: 0345 600 6400

Sale of fireworks licence

How to apply for a sale of fireworks license and when businesses are allowed to sell fireworks.

The Fireworks Regulations 2004 prohibit the sale of adult fireworks other than during the following periods:

  • on the first day of Chinese New Year and the three days immediately preceding it
  • on the day of Diwali and the three days immediately preceding it
  • during the period beginning on the 15th October and ending on the 10th November
  • during the period beginning on the 26th December and ending on the 31st December
The regulations allow that a person wishing to sell adult fireworks outside of the above periods may apply for a licence authorising such sales.

Northumberland County Council welcomes applications for licences to sell adult fireworks outside the above periods. The current annual fee is £500 and applicants may, in addition, require a licence for the storage of explosives at their premises.